Cycling to the West End
As the West End begins to reopen again, cycling can be a great transport choice for those returning to the workplace or rediscovering the West End. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to choose cycling, to gain confidence, plan routes, find secure bike parking and receive bicycle maintenance support.
Free Dr Bike Maintenance Sessions and Security Marking
From October, Heart of London Business Alliance is partnering with BIKE-DROP and New West End Company to offer FREE bike health check sessions in the West End, where the experienced team check everything on your bike from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more.
The sessions also offer FREE bike marking. Registering your bike helps police and retailers identify and verify the legitimate owner of bikes that have been stolen or are being resold.
Over 150 cyclists made use of our sessions in September and October last year.
Sessions will run from 4-7pm as follows:
Tuesday 5th October – Piccadilly DROP, 48 Haymarket, SW1Y 4SE
Wednesday 6th October – Regent Street DROP, 56 Conduit St, W1W 7SW
Thursday 7th October – Oxford Circus DROP, 61 Great Portland St, W1W 7LL
Tuesday 12th October – Piccadilly DROP, 48 Haymarket, SW1Y 4SE
Wednesday 13th October – Regent Street DROP, 56 Conduit St, W1W 7SW
Thursday 14th October – Oxford Circus DROP, 61 Great Portland St, W1W 7LL
Tuesday 19th October – Piccadilly DROP, 48 Haymarket, SW1Y 4SE
Wednesday 20th October – Regent Street DROP, 56 Conduit St, W1W 7SW
Thursday 21st October – Oxford Circus DROP, 61 Great Portland St, W1W 7LL
Additionally if you would like to try out BIKE-DROP’s fantastic valet bike parking service for just £1, go to www.bike-drop.com, select day PASS and use promo code BIKEDROPWESTEND at checkout – code can only be used once per person and is valid until October 31st, 2021.
Route Planning and Cycle Parking
Plan your route with the new TfL “GO” app.
Simply download the app and let the GPS find your current location, tap in your end destination, and the app will show you every possible route you can take – including cycling!
To get started, download the app on your iOS device now. Android download is coming soon.
We have been working with Westminster City Council and other key partners to install additional cycle parking infrastructure around the area. This includes our own bike parking bays, as well as locations for Santander docking stations and secure parking facilities such as SpokeSafe (operating out of Q Park carparks) and Bike Drop (launched by The Crown Estate).
Cycle Skills and Confidence Training
Cycle skills and confidence training is available FREE for local employees through Westminster City Council and Cycle Confident.
For more details or to book a session, visit the Cycle Confident website here. Transport for London also offer FREE online cycle skills training. Once you’ve completed the four short modules, you will be rewarded with a 24- hour access code for Santander Cycles, with all 30-minute journeys included. Visit the TfL Cycle Hub to find out more
Cycle to Work Scheme
Cycle to Work schemes are a great way to encourage employees to opt for the cycle commute. Government guidance is available for employers on how to go about implementing this in the workplace.
Bike Buddy Scheme
Those less confident with cycling but keen to be able to cycle to work may find it useful to use British Cycling’s Bike Buddy finder. Linking with one of the thousands of volunteers near to where you live or work can help you to plan the best route and have someone to cycle into work with.
Protecting Your Bicycle From Theft
Whilst nothing can offer 100% protection, double locking your bike with secure locks when using cycle parking stands is an essential deterrent against theft.
Charity Cycling UK advises: “Look for “Sold Secure” locks, ideally with the highest rating – “gold”. If a bike thief scans the stands and sees that it will take more than a minute to breach your locks, they will be deterred and look for an easier target.”
Discover more useful guidance from The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) on how and where to lock your bike here.
Working with Westminster City Council, we have installed hundreds of outdoor cycle racks to allow for bicycles to park throughout the Heart of London area. The map below indicates outdoor cycle parking stands available in the West End.
In addition to these toaster racks, our area has numerous Santander docking stations as well as secure parking facilities such as SpokeSafe (operating out of Q Park carparks) and Bike Drop (launched by The Crown Estate).