Barking & Dagenham Council have signed up to be a corporate member of the London Cycling Campaign.
If you are an employee of Barking & Dagenham Council you can access free individual LCC membership by filling out the form below (usally £36 for full price membership). Membership is open to everyone from keen cyclists to those who want to start cycling.
The London Cycling Campaign is the expert on urban cycling in London. We're here to help out all London's cyclists and campaign for a city that has safe space for cycling for everyone. We have recently had success with our Love London, Go Dutch campaign and got 10,000 people out on our Big Ride in April - that's the biggest cycle protest London has ever seen.
There are many benefits to cycling - being fitter and saving money are two good ones.
If you're thinking about to start cycling to work here's a few tips:
You don't have to start cycling everyday - just try it for a couple of days a week to start with.
You don't need to spend £100s on special cycling kit - a good waterproof coat, warm gloves and hat will see you through most of the bad weather. If your commute is 20 minutes or less the you probably don't need a change of clothes.
Likewise you don't need a top of the range bike to commute in London. The hills in London aren't that big - if you live in the flat bits of London you can get away with having just the one gear. Look at all the single-speeds and fixies in Shoreditch!
Get a decent lock and learn how best to lock up your bike, with Lucy from LCC:
Plan a route that will make you feel comfortable
Use a journey planner such as CycleStreets to work out the route suitable for you. It gives three options of quiet, fast and balanced routes.
You can also order free cycle guide maps from TfL so you can plan your route on the move.
Seriously consider some on road training - it's usually free!
Cycle training is available free from most councils and is one of the best things you can do to cycle safely. Whatever your level - you will learn something!
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham offer free cycle training for both adults & children who schools, residents, workers and commuters within the borough. E-mail the Transport Policy Team to arrange your lessons.
Once you've started cycling to work
it's really useful to learn some maintenance basics to keep you moving. Madegood.org is an excellent resource for tutorial videos - here's 'How to fix a puncture'.
More information download our 'Getting Started' guide - if you have any more questions then contact LCC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org