Tens of thousands turn out for RideLondon
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 06:47pm 03 Aug 2013
- Posted in: Blog
- Tagged with: london, Hackney, cycling, Ride London, prudential, Tingle
On a glorious sunny day a record number of riders, many of them children, turned out to enjoy car-free streets in central London on a memorable Saturday 3rd August. 2013. Thirty rides from all over London, led by LCC volunteers, converged on St James' Park for the Prudential RideLondon.
Organisers said more than 40,000 people had formally registered for the event and there were tens of thousands more without the offcial bibs. "We love cycling past Big Ben and Buckingham Palace " said one young participant.
The LCC ride from Hackney started out with more than 50 riders, including youngsters and small children, and grew to hundreds by the time it reached the central route (scroll down for Hackney ride and other photos).
The mass cycling event and a competitive event (the first taking place on Sunday 4th August 2013) were both the brainchild of LCC board member, David Love, who lobbied to initiate the first London Freecycle in 2007. Participation has doubled since the first event.
The latest ride benefitted from reduced motor traffic in central London as drivers steered clear of road closures: "If only London was like this every day" said one rider. The Tingle family, from Millwall and Kent arrived with four generations of riders aged from 91 to 3. Young members of the Kenyon family spoke to the cameras.
LCC warmly thanks the hundreds of volunteer marshals and ride leaders who helped deliver thousands of riders to the centre of London. See you all next year.