London Triathlon competitors struggle to transport bikes

LCC is calling for the Dockland Light Railways to reverse its ban on bicycles.

Engineering works and a ban on cycles on the DLR present thousands of triathletes and spectators with problems getting to this year’s London Triathlon with their bikes.

The event, taking place on the 1st and 2nd August, will see more than 10,000 athletes running, cycling and swimming in and around the Excel Centre in East London.

Underground lines closed for the weekend
The District and the Hammersmith & City underground lines will both be closed that weekend.

Those wanting to bring their bikes to the event face a complicated series of train changes because the Docklands Light Railway will be keeping its bike ban in place.

LCC's Charlie Lloyd said, “The DLR should reverse its bike ban. We say permanently, but even for the weekend would be helpful.

"As it stands, people coming into London by train will have to cycle miles across London to get to the event.

“It will be extremely difficult to get to the event by public transport with a bicycle. For example, to get there from Kings Cross will involve several changes, using national rail services from Fenchurch Street or Liverpool Street to meet sections of the Jubilee line.”
DLR has successfully carried bikes before
In 2007, it's estimated the DLR carried around 4000 people with bicycles to the event. However, this year a DLR spokesman said it had been decided not to allow this due to concerns over safety and its lack of popularity last year.

Those wishing to bike to the event are advised by the London Triathlon website that ‘Excel is connected to the Jubilee Line at Canning Town, via a 3-minute DLR Journey. You can walk or cycle from Canning Town.” However, without the DLR link this makes the journey difficult for cyclists.

Useful links

For info on planned engineering works visit TfL travel news

To find out which underground lines carry bikes visit Bikes on Tubes  

For more info on the London Triathlon visit