The object of this day in the town home to Boris Bikes and Boris himself was to sample a range of quietways, cycleways and cycle super highways while seeing the sights of London.
While we started with one plan we ended with another, in my opinion, far better one.
The ride started in Paddington and ended in Greenwich. Greenwich is:
- an area of South East London
- home to the Merdian Line, Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum, and Greenwich Market.
- the home of time, Greenwich is where eastern and western hemispheres meet.
- famous for its naval and military connections and its green spaces.
- on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The route we took was around 30kms in one direction. We took the London Riverbus back to Westminster.
The first part of the ride followed a quiet way through Hyde Park to Chelsea for breakfast at A Wanted Man.
We continued on the quiet way across the Thames and visited Battersea Park. This is a big park that includes and number of different uses and has a nice promenade next to the Thames. There are some paths for cyclists and other pedestrian only areas.
Westminster and the Super Cycle Highway
We crossed over the river on to one of the super cycle highways, which made for easy, safe and fast cycling. Good integrated lights. We crossed back again over the Vauxhall bridge to experience the South side again on the quiet ways again. They are not bad using less busy roads and some infrastructure -but they are slower and harder to follow.
Transport for London are planning to change the names from quiet ways and super cycle highways to just plain old cycle ways. But it misses the point that the name actually communicates useful information. What is even worse is that there must have been cycle route called the London cycle network, that are still signed but not maintained or promoted. London cycle routes are a bit confusing.
We continued on the super cycle highway until London Tower. At London Tower we learnt about the London river bus. This when we change our mind and decided to cycle to Greenwich.
We took the road across Tower Bridge to connect up with another quiet way to Greenwich. There is no cycle route over the Bridge but the traffic moves so slowly that a bike is the fastest way across.
The quiet way took us through areas definitely not on the tourist map. It is also the only time it rained. It must have been fate that it started to rain only as we came across a very nice coffee shop that did nice cheese toasties.
Well, I told you about Greenwich earlier in this post. Here are some photos from Greenwich and the ferry back.