Explore London through the National Cycling Network!

Did you know about the National Cycling Network? It's a wonderful network of safe, traffic-free paths and quiet on-road cycling and walking routes. Its 14,000 miles criss-cross the country, linking up villages, towns and cities.

Whether it's Kingston to Hampton Court, Hampton Court to Putney, Kingston to Oxford via Windsor and Reading, or even London to Fishguard (Wales!) there's bound to be a route to suit you.

Find your route on their fully interactive national map, download it, and you're off! These pathways were set up with the vision of improving conditions for walkers and cyclists, with grants being approved in 1995 to link up each pathway to the others, to create a cohesive network.

The network is making big impacts around the country, with many car trips being instead replaced by trips taken on the Network, leading to lower CO2 emissions, less congestion, and reduced noise pollution. The impacts are not just environmental, however: Sustrans UK notes that “over 85% of people who use the Network feel fitter as a result”, and more than “50% of people using the Network feel it helps them save money”.

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Become a cycling instructor

If you love cycling, you might consider becoming a cycling instructor. Whether you would like to make it a full-time job or you just want to pass on some skills at your local school or youth club, undertaking the National Standard Instructor training is the first step.

Kingston is the only London borough recognised as an instructor training organisation (ITO). Since 2007, we have trained more than 300 instructors for local authorities and independent providers.

You can read more about our training here, and learn more about being a Bikeability Instructor here

Get involved?

Cycling is a fantastic way to exercise, travel, and enjoy the great outdoors. Wind in the hair (under your helmet of course), sunglasses on, and a picnic in your bag. However, not everyone sees it this way.

Therefore, CycleKingston is appealing to you to share the good, the bad (and the ugly?!) We want to hear your cycling experiences, news and showcase success stories along the way too.

If you have material you think we should feature on the website, drop us an email on info@cyclekingston.net with the information and some images and we'll do our best to feature them.

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