How To: Plan your journeys by bike during the London Marathon

For anyone who wants to watch this weekend's London Marathon race, cycling is the obvious choice of transport.

The beauty of arriving by bike is that if your choice of vantage point is too crowded you can hop back on and find a better one. Once you find a suitable vantage point, cheer on your friends and then simply hop back on your bike, overtake them to do it all again. We're sure your friends and family members running will thank you for the support! Needless to say a bike means you can avoid crowded tubes, trains and congested roads. Note though that via bike, you won't have access to the E-W Cycle Superhighway from Tower London to the Mall as it's on the Marathon route. 

Make sure you plan ahead

If you are unfamiliar with central London you can select a route to your desired destination using our route planner or TfL’s Journey Planner (just make sure you edit your preference to show the cycling options).

LCC's route recommendations

There is a cycle track (Cycle Superhighway 3 or CS3), albeit a poor quality one at times, that runs along much of the DLR route from Tower Gateway to Beckton.

Avoid Narrow St and Poplar High St on CS3 as they are part of the Marathon route along with the central bit of the E-W highway and will be closed to cyclists. 

During the Marathon, river crossings with a bike will be constrained because Tower Bridge is used for the Marathon. Your choices are the Greenwich foot – tunnel, which may be crowded; the Rotherhithe Tunnel, fume filled but cycling is permitted, and bridges to the West of Tower Bridge – Southwark and Blackfriars Bridges both have wide cycle tracks.

Also, don’t forget to take a sturdy lock and lock your bike to a solid object when watching the marathon.

The weather could be the hottest on record, so be sure to take a hat and plenty of water so you can comfortably enjoy the day. 

Inspired by the Marathon? Join us for this year's Prudential RideLondon event! 

Don’t forget that on July 28th/29th you'll have the opportunity to do the cycling equivalent(s) of the London Marathon:

First, London Freecycle, which takes place on the Saturday, is a family friendly leisure ride on streets closed to traffic in central London. LCC runs marshalled rides from all London boroughs to the central closed section. We'll be posting more information soon on how you can get involved, so stay tuned! 

·        And Ride London, taking place on the Sunday, is a 100k or 46k competitive ride that goes from the QE Olympic Park to Box Hill in Surrey and back which you can watch, or participate in. LCC still has a few places available in this year's ride, so click here to find out more and sign up to ride for Team LCC! Have your own place? Join Team LCC and you'll receive the same package of support, including access to our popular 8-week, Surrey Hills training program.