Coronavirus has changed the way we travel - with public transport capacity restricted more people are considering active travel options. We've put together some handy FAQs to help you incorporate active travel into your day.
Q - How can I find walking routes without air & noise pollution?
A - The Go Jauntly App has teamed up with environmental researchers Tranquil City to suggest walking routes which are exposed to less air & noise pollution, and which include more green space. Central London Footways also provides a map of quiet and interesting walking routes between major landmarks in London, including train stations, popular destinations and green spaces.
Q - I want to start cycling but I'm nervous, what support is available?
A - Free cycle training is available for cyclists of all abilities. TFL's online Cycle Skills course offers four short modules with tips & advice to get you going. There's also free (in person) cycling courses offered in each borough. Bankside Bike Train offers a free, guided bike rides from Clapham Junction to Bankside (plus a couple of other routes). Check out these tips for cycling safely in London.
Q - I have limited mobility, is there any specific support to help me start cycling?
The Wheels for Wellbeing organisation is set up to remove barriers to cycling. They have a fleet of inclusive bikes which people can try out at inclusive cycling sessions. They offer independent advice to help find a cycling solution that works for you.
Q - I want to walk between stations to avoid taking the tube, but how long will the journey take me?
A - TFL have put together a handy `walking time between stations' map, so that you can check how long it will take you to replace a tube journey with walking.
Q - I don't own a bike, can I still cycle in London?
A - There are over 11,500 bicycles which can be hired at 750 docking stations across London. Find your nearest docking station here. The Santander cycle app can make it easier to find a docking station and hire a bike.
Q - I need to use public transport, what's the best time to travel?
A - Generally the quiet times to travel on public transport are 8:15 - 16:00 and after 17:30 on weekdays, and before noon and after 18:00 on weekends. This varies between stations though - you can check quiet times for a specific station here.
Q - I want to cycle for part of my journey, can I carry my bike on public transport the rest of the way?
A - Folded cycles can be taken on public transport services at all times (although on buses drivers can refuse entry if the bus is too busy). Non-folded cycles can be taken on some services at specific times - check your journey here. We've put together a summary of when non-folding bikes can be taken on trains from Merton here.
Q - How do I keep my bike safe in London?
A - The Met has put together advice on how to keep your bike safe from thieves. There are also some useful tips on how to keep your bike clean, how to repair a puncture, and what to do if you run into a mechanical problem while out on your ride.
Q - Are there any good courses to help my children learn to cycle safely?
A - The Pedal Project has been recommended to us!