Cycling to work has always been a good way to stay fit but now it’s also a “socially-distanced approved” alternative to public transport, and what better a week to celebrate than National Bike Week 2020!
With lockdown restrictions gradually being lifted, cycling is set to be a very popular mode of getting around London this Summer. Fortunately, Fizzy buildings are in highly commutable locations and many residents are keen cyclists already. But for people who haven’t ridden in a while, we appreciate that the prospect of cycling in London can be daunting.
To help get you started, we’ve done a few calculations of approximate cycle times from Fizzy to popular work locations. Read on and you’ll see that your office or place of work is probably closer than you think. We’ve also researched some of the best apps and bike hire services operating in London. Thinking about buying a new bike? We’ve got that covered too.
Fizzy Canning Town and Fizzy Poplar to Canary Wharf
Our Fizzy Canning Town and Fizzy Poplar residents are slowly starting to head back to work in Canary Wharf. Fizzy Canning Town is less than a 15-minute cycle ride and the total route is a very comfortable 2.4 miles. The commute from Fizzy Poplar is even more manageable and is a highly walkable 20 minutes.
Fizzy Stepney Green to the City of London
At 2.6 miles – or 15 minutes by bike – London’s financial heart is totally commutable from Fizzy Stepney Green. Suits and smart business attire are the norm for people in this part of London but fortunately most companies in the City have showers and cyclists are usually well catered for with changing facilities.
Fizzy Lewisham to London Bridge
London Bridge is one of the city’s main areas for business, advertising, and finance. For our lucky Lewisham residents, the ride can be done in just under half an hour. Which is a good workout to start and end the day, without being too demanding.
Fizzy Walthamstow to King’s Cross
King’s Cross has reinvented itself in recent years, with industrial warehouses transformed into glitzy new offices attracting the likes of Google and Facebook. If this is where you work, Fizzy Walthamstow is your best bet. At just over 7 miles and taking roughly 40 minutes, Fizzy Walthamstow to King’s Cross is a good challenge for the slightly more experienced rider.
Apps to help you get there
Google Maps needs no introduction. Type in your location, set it to cycle mode, and away you go. But if you’re looking for something more specialist, Citymapper has a lot to offer. Describing itself as the ‘Ultimate Transport App’, cyclists can enjoy a range of navigation options, from quiet to faster routes. It also has hire bikes conveniently marked up.
Bike hire apps and services
Popularly known as “Boris Bikes” after Boris Johnson who introduced them during his time as Mayor, Santander Cycles is a public hire scheme with around 13,600 bikes spread across 839 docking stations in London. Hiring a Santander Cycle costs £2 for unlimited journeys up to 30 minutes, within a 24-hour period.
Lime is electric – making it especially quick and easy for riders that haven’t cycled in a while or people wanting a less strenuous ride. They cost £1 to unlock and 15p a minute to ride.
JUMP are electric-assist bikes that provide a boost of up to 15mph as you ride. JUMP bikes are easy to find with a bike symbol on the Uber app. JUMP bikes cost £1 to unlock, then 12p per minute.
Want to buy a bike?
Before splashing out an expensive new tide, you might check out the Cycle to Work scheme – a UK Government tax exemption initiative which allows employers to loan cycles and safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. Cycle magazine Bike Radar has published an excellent guide with everything you need to know about buying a tax-free bike.
Cycling is a great way to get to and from work but if you haven’t been out on a bike in a while, we suggest going on a free Cycle Skills training course. And remember to always wear a helmet!
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