Bike Week is here!
Thousands of people are flocking to Bike Week events across the capital to celebrate cycling and to encourage more people to get on their bikes.
Bike Week is the UK’s annual celebration of cycling with 1,500 events expected to attract more than 250,000 cyclists. In London, events range from a photographic exhibition on cycling in Flanders to bike breakfasts to cycle rides.
The events for the week – from Saturday June 16 to Sunday June 24 – are designed to suit riders of all ability and ages. Most of the events are free to participate in – all you need is a bike.
In London, there are more than 250 events. At the Host Gallery in Honduras Street, near the Barbican, a new photography exhibition pays tribute to the Flandrien, the tough Flemish cyclists who relish racing on some of the worst roads and most hostile weather conditions in bicycle racing. The exhibition opens on Wednesday June 20.
The best start to the day during Bike Week is to attend one of the bike breakfasts organised across the capital. These include a breakfast organised by Camden Cycling Campaign at the British Library on Wednesday June 20 and free pastries and coffee at a breakfast in Brixton on Thursday June 21 organised by Lambeth Cyclists.
The organised rides range from leisurely to the challenging. An annual favourite is the “Midsummer Madness Ride”, in which cyclists meet at 2am in Brick Lane and ride to Primrose Hill to watch the sun rise on the longest day of the year.
Local rides can be an excellent opportunity to get to know your area better. The Camden local group of LCC is organising a ride on Sunday June 24 which will go through all the borough’s wards. Hackney is organising two rides on the same day – a tour of Hackney’s fine trees and a day’s ride to Epping Forest.
Bike Week also gives cyclists the chance to relax and socialise. Hammersmith and Fulham’s LCC is organising a ride from Furnival Gardens, next to Hammersmith Pier, to the Roebuck pub on Richmond Hill. You can also join the “Commuter Cooldown” with Hackney Cyclists on Friday June 22 with “music, cocktails and pleasant company”.
For more Bike Week events, see our 'What's On' section or visit the Bike Week website by following the link on the right.