Services for Local Cyclists

Cycle Maps

Transport for London, in conjunction with LCC, publish free cycle maps of the whole of London. Map no. 14 covers Tooting, Balham, Southfields, Earlsfield, Southfields, Wandsworth, Roehampton and the south of Putney, as well as Kingston, Morden and Mitcham. No. 10 has Battersea and Clapham and the whole of central London. Map no. 9 covers the rest of Putney and further north. (Each of the maps has an enlarged map of central London on the reverse.)

They can be ordered online, direct from TfL – http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cycles/routes/london-cycle-guides.shtml,
or you can order via LCC – http://www.lcc.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=37. You can also order copies from London Travel Information on 020 7222 1234.

An interactive version of the maps is also available at http://www.londoncyclenetwork.org/webmap/. Log in with the user name and password given on the page.

A large pdf format map of the LCN+ (London Cycle Network Plus) can be viewed or downloaded – http://www.londoncyclenetwork.org/html/DynaLink/menu_type/1/menu_id/25/submenu_id/51/main_page.asp

On-line Journey Planners

cyclemaps.com offer a free journey planner for routes using cycle paths and minor roads – http://www.cyclemaps.net. For a subscription of £15 a year, or £10 for 6 months, you can also use their site to plan direct or leisure routes – http://www.cyclemaps.com.

The Transport for London website includes a journey planner – http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk. For journeys by bike, choose “more options”. Under “Use any of these modes of transport”, tick “Cycle” and then click on “Additional cycling options” to choose whether you want a cycle-only route or combined with public transport.

Bikes on Public Transport

See http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cycles/routes/cycling-on-public-transport.shtml
for information about taking bikes on public transport.

See http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/pdfdocs/tube-map-bicycles1b.pdf (84 KB) for a map of the tube lines where a bike can be transported.

Leisure Rides

We run regular social rides once a month. These are on Sundays, starting from Clapham Junction Station. Please see our calendar for further details.

Pollards Hill Cyclists have an active rides programme with rides almost every weekend. Plenty of information is available on their website at http://www.pollardshillcyclists.org.uk.

Cycle Training

Speak to Martin Andrews, the council’s Road Safety Advisor, for information about National Standards training in cycling, which was launched nationally in 2007. Contact him at Wandsworth Council on 020 8871 6670 or mandrews@wandsworth.gov.uk.

Cycle Training organise training throughout London and the South East. Contact them on 020 7582 3535 or see their website at http://www.cycletraining.co.uk. There is a 5% discount for LCC members.

London School of Cycling, based in Hackney, provide cycle training. Contact them on 020 7249 3779 or see their website at http://www.londonschoolofcycling.co.uk.

London Recumbents also offer some training. Contact them on 020 7498 6543 or see their website at http://www.londonrecumbents.com.

Cyclinginstructor.com are based in Fulham and provide lessons for children and adults of all abilities. Contact them on 020 736 0575 or book a session via their website at http://www.cyclinginstructor.com.

Cycle Maintenance

Cycle Training organise short courses in fairly basic cycle maintenance. These take place all over London, with Wandsworth as one of the possible locations. Contact them on 020 7564 5990 or see their website at http://www.cycletraining.co.uk.
There is a 5% discount for LCC members.

A 5-session course called “Bike Maintenance for Beginners” is sometimes run at the North Kingston Adult Education Centre in Richmond Road. Phone 020 8547 6700 or see http://adulteducation.kingston.gov.uk/centre.asp?centreid=3 to get the latest details.

Ben Thomson runs a small Bicycle Workshop in Southfields, specialising in repairs some bicycle shops may not touch. Run on an appointment basis the contact number is 079706 15171 or email realfastbikes@hotmail.com. 10% discount for LCC Wandsworth resident members.

Cycle Hire

Bikes of all varieties can be hired from London Recumbents in Battersea Park. For more information, contact them on 020 7498 6543 or see their website at http://www.londonrecumbents.com.
There is a 10% discount for LCC members.

Bikes are also available from Go Pedal.
For more information contact 07850 796320 or see their website at http://www.gopedal.co.uk. Go Pedal will deliver a bike to you wherever and whenever you want it, then come and collect it when you’re finished.

Buying Second-hand Bikes

Frank G Bowen auction bicycles which have been recovered by the Metropolitan Police but not reclaimed see their website at http://www.frankgbowen.co.uk/

Recycling Old Bikes

The Youth Offending Team’s bike reconditioning project works to recondition old bikes. These are then given to groups and individuals in the borough who are keen to start cycling. If you have a bike to donate, contact Rebecca Lynn on rlynn@wandsworth.gov.uk or ring Rebecca c/o the Young Offenders Team at Wandsworth Council (switchboard no. 020 8871 6000).

Re~Cycle collect and ship second-hand bicycles and parts to Africa. See their website at http://www.re-cycle.org/.

Cycle Registration

Wandsworth police have a cycle registration kit available, including a marker pen visible in UV light. Call them on 020 8871 0803 or 020 7350 1122.

Theft Advice & Support

Over 15,000 bicycles were stolen in London last year! Transport for London have some good advice on how you can avoid adding your cycle to next years figures. See http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cycles/safety-security/avoiding-theft.shtml.

Bicycle theft can be reported online, providing you with a
crime reference number, at http://www.online.police.uk.

Collision Advice &
Support

Roadpeace offer support to road crash victims. Call their helpline on 0845 4500 355 or see http://www.roadpeace.org.

The Cyclists’ Defence Fund exists to assist cyclists and those representing cyclists. They may be able to offer advice. See their website at http://www.cyclistsdefencefund.org.uk.

Sport Cycling

The BEC Cycling Club meets at Wiseton Institute, 10 Wiseton Road, London, SW17 7EE. Their events include social rides, track races, time trials, roller races and bicycle polo. Contact Russell Beckett on 020-8397-8298 for more information and visit  www.beccyclingclub.co.uk 

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