• For Example:

    From the Strand to Farringdon/Greys Inn/Clerkenwell travel up over Aldwych across Kingsway take the first left into Houghton Street (LSE). Go to the end turn right into the alley with the chained up bikes and the follow it round to the left. This puts you out on Carey Street, turn right out of the alley and then follow the road to Chancery Lane. From here you can go straight up to High Holborn or turn right into Breams Buildings for New Fetter Lane. You’ve just avoided Kingsway and Holborn.

    A quick and cool way, (with less traffic) from High Holborn/Shaftsbury Ave to Trafalgar Square is Down Monmouth Street and (Upper) St Martins Lane.

    Avoid the mess turning left into Tottenham Court Road from Oxford by turning into Hanway Street instead.

    Use the border cycle path of Hyde Park and then South Carriage Drive to get from Marble Arch to South Kensington

    I know these routes/tips will be basic to some but share your knowledge people.

  • i usually avoid using cycle routes but if you live SW and need to get to the center of town:
    you go over chelsea bridge and take the 2nd right down ebury bridge road and follow the cycle route at the next set of traffic routes, it takes you through quiet residential streets to lowndes square and then over a juction that crosses Knightsbridge and carriage drive through albert gate and round the perimeter cycle path in Hyde Park onto upper Brooke st and Grosvenor square

    it's usually a stress free way of getting into the middle of town.

  • Aye or you could go all high tekk to make it easy for people

    Holborne Dodge Google Flaps style:
    http://tinyurl.com/2m7784

    If you really want to find a dodge map and a bit of leg work'll sort you out.

  • Good call m8 ! Thanks for the mapping tip.

    I did my:
    Avoid the mess turning left into Tottenham Court Road from Oxford by turning into Hanway Street instead.
    http://tinyurl.com/35suoo
    (basic I know)

    And:
    A quick and cool way, (with less traffic) from High Holborn/Shaftsbury Ave to Trafalgar Square is Down Monmouth Street and (Upper) St Martins Lane.
    http://tinyurl.com/2njff8

  • If you're coming south towards Kings Cross you can avoid it by going straight over the traffic island at the end of Wharfdale Road (there is a leetle cycle path to legitimise this) and go straight ahead... Takes you direct to Pentonville Rd with no lights and no hassle.

  • Use the border cycle path of Hyde Park and then South Carriage Drive to get from Marble Arch to South Kensington
    http://tinyURL.com/2nz3qa

  • MA3K
    I did my:
    Avoid the mess turning left into Tottenham Court Road from Oxford by turning into Hanway Street instead.
    http://tinyurl.com/35suoo
    (basic I know)

    Except you'll have to dodge a hundred stoopid peds rather than the somewhat more predictable light-controlled traffic on TCR.

  • Um... Turning from Oxford st. to TCR. you pass through two manic ped crossings (light-controlled my arse!) and quite nasty road surface. I usually use the hanway st. cut and my only complaint is when loading trucks and/or the rubbish collectors are blocking it which is pretty rare.

  • hippy [quote]MA3K
    Except you'll have to dodge a hundred stoopid peds rather than the somewhat more predictable light-controlled traffic on TCR.

    That is half the fun, just use your shoulders.

    Seriously it is much quicker though.

  • I'm ped friendly(ish). I don't aim to knock 'em down, but if they step into my path..

    I think I may have forgotten about the SECOND ped crossing around the corner. Derr
    Add 'em up and you're probably right. Hanway is a lot clearer.
    I blame my idiocy on the fact I was trashed yesterday. ;) Dobby will iron his hands now...

  • anyone know a better routefinder than Transport for London?

  • Google Maps? sustrans? Multimap?

  • This one's not too bad:

    http://www.cyclemaps.net/D/gaz.asp

    and someone else might have done your route already and posted it on http://www.bikely.com which you can search.

  • brett This one's not too bad:

    http://www.cyclemaps.net/D/gaz.asp

    and someone else might have done your route already and posted it on http://www.bikely.com which you can search.

    That site is pretty neat. Not the prettiest, but definitely good results.

  • Anyone know a decent East-West (Hackney - Ealing) route?

  • Try the canal for peaceful nil-traffic across town, just watch out going under and out of bridges, ceilings are a bit low and path quite tight.

    The canal will take you from all-points East through clean past West London. Nice through Regents Park as well.

  • definately most of my journeys from stratford start on the canals, on to victoria park and take it from there wildlife galore peaceful fit lady joggers loads of winos but they don't usually cause any problems

  • Yeah it is refreshing to ride right the way across London without seeing a red-light or car. (well except for that bit at Angel and behind Lords where the tunnels go through hills)

  • The towpath is lovely but I find (strangely) that I go more slowly without traffic to weave in and out of

  • I take my gf on the canals but they're too slow for my liking so I tend to take the most direct route across town. Can I tell ya what this is? Hell no!
    That's another reason I take the main route across twon coz I'd get lost otherwise :)
    Uxbridge.. up towards Baker St.. Marylebone Road.. Euston Rd.. etc.. then I drop down on some street towards my mate's place.

  • Its been a year since the last post on this topic. With the growth of fixed wheel riders since last year, I would like to know more routes where people like to take shortcuts, high pass overtaking/undertaking etc in particular your favourite lines. let me know I'm researching for an article in fixed-mag issue 2, continuing on the theme of lines. Thanks people.

  • in particular your favourite lines.

  • http://www.londonfgss.com/thread4288.htm­l

    more recent thread on similar topic

  • Its been a year since the last post on this topic. With the growth of fixed wheel riders since last year, I would like to know more routes where people like to take shortcuts, high pass overtaking/undertaking etc in particular your favourite lines. let me know I'm researching for an article in fixed-mag issue 2, continuing on the theme of lines. Thanks people.

    Not central I know but I quite like taking the bridge over the river Lea near docklands. Good little clime with enough height to allow you to see the Dome and Canary Warf e.t.c well. Also some good views of the docks.

    Then of course there is the Euston underpass waterloo Bridger under pass e.t.c

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