Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign will be coordinating guided commuter rides to help people ride to work during the closure. The closure starts on Saturday 8th of August and we will be running rides that weekend for people to learn the routes, then in the week starting Monday 10th August there will be morning rides (generally leaving around 8am) to get people to work.
Learn the route rides, Sunday 9th August: We are leading two rides starting from Walthamstow and going to Finsbury Park and back in the morning then to Stratford and back early afternoon. The rides will take quiet/easy paths as much as possible so they’re suitable for a wide range of abilities (and because #miniholland isn’t quite here yet).
Sunday 9th August:
- 9:30 am, Learn the route ride from Walthamstow Market to Manor House/Finsbury Park and back. Meets outside the library.
- 1 pm, Learn the route ride from Walthamstow Market to Stratford via Leyton and back. Meets outside the library.
Riding to work and ride buddies: There are also be a variety of rides led by members of the cycling community who have posted up details in the comments below. Please get in touch with the ride leaders to let them know your interested and for any questions you have.
These will include rides all the way in to central London which are aimed at more confident cyclists and will include sections on busy roads. If you are organising a ride please post a comment below!
Route maps: We have produced some route maps of possible commuter routes which you can look at online and also download to your phone. Some of these are posted up on our routes page, and we will be adding more as they are finalised.
You can also order free cycling maps from the TfL website: We use them all the time and they’re really handy. Local Cycling Guide 4 covers our area and it’s really useful to have – order yours today, it only takes a few minutes! https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12419.aspx
The interesting thing is, all of them are positive but cycling is hardly mentioned, it’s mostly people really happy about the removal of the rat runs where they live.