Information on free cycle parking and bike repairs during the Paralympics
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 11:48am 6 July 2012
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: congestion, traffic, olympic, games lanes
Getting around London during the Olympic and Paralympic Games is best done on a bike. However traffic during the games might affect cycle journeys as well. Here is some information to help avoid problems.
Temporary Cycle Parking
You can find details of more than a dozen addtional free cycle parking locations in central London at the Transport for London website. Some will be supervised. They include locations around the Mall and Green Park , useful for the cycling road races, as well as some in the City and West End for commuters switching to bike for the Games period. There are three supervised cycle parking locations around the Olympic Park the largest being in the SE corner of Victoria Park near Cadogan Terrace. At London Bridge, where station parking has been removed, temporary bike parking stands are avaliable in Guy's Hospital and in Borough Market (The nearby On Your Bike shop has chargeable surpervised parking).
Free Bike Repairs
Free bike repairs, by professional mechanics, are being provided during the Paralympics at the cycle parking hubs around the Olympic Park (Victoria Park, Abbey Lane and Eton Manor). Staff are on duty from 11am till 7pm daily during the games. Labour is free of change but you have to pay for new parts.
Olympic Route Network (ORN) & Paralympic Route Network (PRN)
The ORN and PRN (opens a PDF) is a network of roads linking Games venues and other important destinations.
The lanes will be open at all times, but will have lane restrictions for all road users.
To keep the network clear for Games vehicles and to keep traffic moving, temporary changes will be in operation, such as parking restrictions or 'Games Lanes'.
Paralympics Update: almost all the Games Lanes have been removed. The main exceptions are the lanes immediately beside the Olympic Park. This includes the section of Eastway where Dan Harris was killed by a bus on 1st August.
The Games Lanes can be either the nearside lane (on single carriageways) or in lane 2 or 3 where possible.
Buses and bicycles will usually be allowed to use the nearside lanes with some exeptions. But all non Olympic vehicles are prohibited from using Games Lanes in lane 2 or 3.
In this case only Games Family vehicles are allowed in the Games Lanes during their hours of operation, which are 6am until midnight.
On the spot information will be provided using electronic signs.
Expect Games Lane restrictions to be rigorously enforced.
You may find some temporary banned turns during the Olympics - eg, along the Embankment.
Cyclists are not exempt, and details can be found at Get Ahead Of The Games.
There will be many more commuters on bikes, and we recommend checking the area around where you work and with your employer to make sure you can store your bike. See TfL link above for temporary cycle parking locations.
Bike Dock Solutions have put in 60 extra bike parking spaces in Shoreditch. Other companies are expected to do the same.
Public hire bikes will remain available throughout the Games period, but some docking stations have been taking out of service.
Demand is expected to be very high, but smartphone apps and the TfL website can help making sure bikes and docking spaces are available.
Information about other opportunities to hire bicycles can be found here.
Bikes on trains
Taking non-folding bikes on trains is likely to be severely restricted. Find more information here.