There are many benefits to cycling - being fitter and saving money are two good ones.
If you're thinking about cycling to work, here's a few tips to get you on your bike:
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 hundreds of £s on special cycling kit either - 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 then 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!
Check out your local borough's website for more information on cycle training or give them a call to see what they can offer.
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'.
If you have any more questions or would like more information, contact LCC by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
LCC's corporate memberships allows you as an employee the chance to join LCC at a reduced rate of £20 (half our normal individual LCC membership, £40).
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've 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! We've alse been campaigning for Space For Cycling, which saw a further 5,000 riders take to the streets of Westminster whilst MPs inside Parliament debated the Get Britain Cycling report.