Cycling: for pleasure, exercise, learning or transport

16 September 2014

Written by: Campaigns Team

Children and young people - Health and Wellbeing

There’s so much on offer in Lambeth, including organised cycle rides, bike checks and lessons.

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Cycling: for pleasure, exercise, learning or transport

Join an organised cycle ride

Lambeth Cyclists run regular ‘architecture’ rides throughout the year which are an excellent means of finding out more about our local area and London more generally.

Rides generally set off at 10:30am from a Lambeth location. Whether you’ve just started cycling, only cycle occasionally, or want to take part in a fun social event, all are very welcome and there is no need to register – just turn up with a bike in a road-worthy condition.

For more information or details of starting points and timings, please check the Lambeth Cyclists website, Facebook or Twitter page.

Try track cycling

Due to the success of Team GB in recent years and all the publicity around the Olympics, track cycling is becoming more and more popular.

The Herne Hill velodrome is ideal for beginners to try out as it isn’t as steeply banked as many other tracks. They offer induction sessions, which include providing a track bike, and also have a range of sessions for all ages and abilities. For more information please visit the Herne Hill Velodrome website.

Think you can’t cycle? Think again! Wheels For Wellbeing are a south London charity helping people to enjoy cycling regardless of disability, health condition or age. They have regular cycling sessions, including at the Herne Hill velodrome as well as offering advice and support. For more information please visit the Wheels For Wellbeing website.

Find out about safe cycling routes in Lambeth

Lambeth’s roads have been audited for ‘Bikeability’ to enable us to produce the Lambeth cycle map. In addition to showing cycle highways and networks, roads are divided between different levels to indicate routes requiring more experience.

To view this map online please see our website. For a hard copy guide please email

Other offers in Lambeth

Try Before You Bike scheme enables to borrow your choice of bike and accessories for four weeks for £10 and see how you can fit cycling into your life. The scheme has just been expanded, now operating once a month from the West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre.

Free bike skills training is also available throughout the year. One-to-one teaching means that it is tailored to your ability. The instructor can even show you a good route from home to work or somewhere you go regularly.

Dr Bike free cycle maintenance Professional bike mechanics set up stations around Lambeth offering free cycle maintenance checks and advice.

Metropolitan Police Cycle Task Force regularly set up stalls offering advice as well as free security marking and registration onto BikeRegister’s online database.