City Cycling Festival: London celebrates 200 years of cycling

London Cycling Campaign (LCC), The International Cycling History Conference (ICHC) and the City of London, are coming together to celebrate 200 years of UK cycling. The celebration will be held in the City of London during Bike Week from 13-15 June 2018.

The City Cycling Festival will be a celebration of the modern bicycle, and is set to include events and exhibits displaying the best of London’s cycling culture, along with bikes through the ages and guided rides between three sites in the City of London, each focused on either the past, present or future of cycling. The festival will be centred around Bank Junction, where London’s first traffic-free scheme has had a successful first year.

Events will include:

·         Bike to the Future: a London Cycling Campaign celebration of the evolution of bicycles and liveable cities, including bicycle brands through the ages and tech to take us into the future. ofo, the world’s first dockless bike share operator, and the events’ first sponsorship partner, will lead a guided ride of the City’s best cycle routes.

·         The Future from the Past: a three-day International Cycle History Conference, bringing together experts on cycle history from all over the world. (link)

·         London Cycling Awards 2018 and LCC’s 40th Anniversary Party: London Cycling Campaign’s annual celebration of the best of cycling in London and this year celebrating the campaigning charity’s 40th birthday.

The Festival has seen great support so far, especially from The City of London Corporation and ofo UK and we’ll be ready to bring you more news about the festival soon!

Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive of LCC, said: “The momentum for cycling continues apace. This three day celebration offers a great opportunity to reflect on the history of the bicycle and consider its journey towards the future. A future where ebikes and dockless bike share are helping shape the way forward.”

Phil Saunders for ICHC, said: “Historically, London, in particular the City, has played a key part in the development of the cycle industry. From the dawn of cycling, machines have been made in and around the City, which also provided advice and expertise on patent registration and business development for the new companies that sprang up in the UK.  London was the showroom for the cycle, motorcycle and early car manufacturers, with shops and manufacturers stretching from Cheapside through High Holborn, to Oxford Street.”