Over 100,000 cyclists are participating in Prudential RideLondon events this weekend. TFL have advised those attending to check their journeys before they travel.
Prudential RideLondon is the world’s largest mass participation festival of cycling, entering into its sixth year. A range of different events will take place across the two days. The FreeCycle event on Saturday is composed of a family-friendly eight-mile traffic-free circuit, passing iconic London landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and is open to cyclists of all ages and abilities. Free festival zones with music and entertainment will be open at seven locations along the route, and bike doctors will be on hand. Rides led by an experienced cycle guide will be travelling to the event from every London borough.
On Saturday 28th July, from 5am to 7.30pm, TfL is making central roads in London traffic-free for FreeCycle and the UCI Women’s WorldTour Prudential RideLondon Classique, as well as the Brompton World Championship Final and Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Grand Prix. Waterloo Bridge will be the only closed bridge.
On Sunday, thousands of amateur cyclists will be raising money for charity by taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, 46 and 19 sportive events. The 19 mile event, in its inaugural year, is open to cyclists aged 12 upwards and has been created to encourage the next generation of London and Surrey’s cyclists. The UCI WorldTour Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic event, on the same day, will see 150 of the world’s best male cyclists take part in a 183km race through London and Surrey.
From 4am, roads throughout parts of east, central, west and southwest London and Surrey will be closed. Roads will begin to open once the events have passed and if it is safe to do so, the majority will reopen by 6pm. All roads are expected to be fully open by 8pm. Thirteen river crossings will be closed for part of the day, including Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge and Battersea Bridge, with the Blackwall Tunnel remaining open.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Events like these help introduce young people to cycling and encourage others to get back on their bikes or cycle more – both of which are essential to our vision for a city where more people make cycling part of their everyday lives.”
Gareth Powell, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, added that “cyclists of all ages and abilities will be catered for and traffic-free roads will help to encourage more people to try out cycling in London for the first time.”
More information can be found on the TfL website at tfl.gov.uk/ridelondon.