Cycling fever has struck Kingston this month, with more Go Cycle routes opening, RideLondon 2018, a swathe of cycle events and the launch of the Love to Ride challenge.
As part of the Transport for London and Mayor of London’s £30 million investment to encourage sustainable travel in Kingston, Kingston Council has opened its third Go Cycle route, Kingston High Street.
The new segregated cycle lane extends the existing Portsmouth Road Go Cycle route towards the town centre. The route is part of a network of protected cycle lanes planned to encourage more people to take up cycling and also bringing benefits for pedestrians in the shape of better crossings and footways for residents and visitors who shop and relax in the town centre.
The route will be completed in time for the RideLondon-Surrey event taking place on Sunday, July 29, where amateur and professional cyclists will ride through Kingston streets as part of a 100-mile and 46-mile route from London to Surrey.
Go Cycle has sponsored Love Kingston’s Group of 19 riders as part of RideLondon-Surrey. All the riders are cycling to raise money for local charities.
And for those who missed registration for RideLondon and who are inspired to give cycling a go – why not sign up to Kingston Love to Ride cycling challenge, which kicks off in September.
The Kingston Love to Ride is open to riders of all abilities. Just sign up online and you could be in with the chance of winning a trip to the Grand Canyon or to New Zealand just for riding a bike. There will be local leaderboards and challenges taking place nationally.
Anyone who needs training, or wants to try our bike loan scheme, can get in touch with our sustainable transport team at one of our events or via sustainable.travel@kingston.
Go Cycle events are designed to encourage both active cyclists and those who are interested in starting to ride and the team is on hand to help with free bike maintenance and bike marking, as well as provide information about how to access free cycle training programmes for children (through schools and in the holidays), for adults and families.
- Wednesday July 18: Public Dr Bike – Kingston Town Centre: Clarence St (opp Bentalls) – noon-3.30pm
- Saturday July 28: RideLondon – Kingston Town Centre – 11.30am-4.30pm
- Sunday July 29: RideLondon – Kingston Town Centre – 11.30am-4.30pm
Kingston’s Environment and Sustainable Transport Lead Councillor Hilary Gander said: “It’s great to see so much cycling activity in Kingston. I hope that with the completion of another Go Cycle route, along with the free cycle skills training programmes, bike loan options and assistance with travel planning, even more people, business and families, will choose to change the way they travel around the borough.”
Find out more about the council’s cycle skills training, bike loan schemes and travel planninghere. You can find information about road closures in Kingston during RideLondon on Sunday 29 July here.