Get involved in cycling this summer!

London will be hosting the world’s biggest cycling events this summer. With only months to go until the first major London cycling event, the Tour de France; TfL has developed lots of cycling resources and competitions for school pupils to enjoy. There is also lots of exciting events and activities the school community to take part in and soak up the atmosphere. Click here to find out more on how you can get involved and spread the word on getting on your bike within your local community.
 


Tour de France
7th July


Did you know? To mark the occasion, the Mayor has released 101 special-edition yellow Barclays Cycle Hire bikes into general circulation across London.
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RideLondon
9th-10th August


Last year’s event was a success. Here are some highlights from last year's inaugural event.
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Tour of Britain
14th September


Each September The Tour of Britain brings the world's top cyclists to race over eight days on British roads.
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London's schools are invited to encourage their children, families and staff to take part in British Cycling's fantastic free Sky Ride Local guided rides on weekends over the summer! Read More
 
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Cycling activities for schools



Bikability Cycle training

Free school cycle training to Bikeability levels 1, 2 & 3.
Bikeability cycle training (the Department for Transport recognised cycle training programme) is delivered by all 33 London boroughs and available to all schools in London. There are three levels of Bikeability cycle skills training, ranging from basic off-road training focusing on the manual handling of the bicycle, to advanced on-street training which focuses on safe interactions with other road users and traffic on London’s busy roads.

To book a course at your school please contact your borough School Travel Advisor or Road Safety Officer or equivalent.
 
NB Free 1-to-1 adult cycle training is available to anyone over the age of 16 who lives, works or studies in London. Sessions are tailored to participants needs. They range from learning to ride a bike to advanced commuter skills. To book a session please go to the TfL website.


Cycle parking at schools

For several years, TfL has provided free cycle and scooter parking at hundreds of schools in London. These facilities are a great help to schools, allowing them to park children’s cycles and scooters in safety and security. They show that the school is cycle friendly and encourage more cycling to school.

We will soon be inviting accredited schools via their borough School Travel Advisor or Road Safety Officer the chance to apply when the scheme reopens for the financial year 2014/15.
 


Cycle Grants for schools

TfL’s Cycle Grants for Schools gives schools the chance to bid for money via their borough officers. The grants are used for specific projects to help pupils cycle more safely and more often. Schools can use the grants to organise a whole range of things such as bikers’ breakfasts, cycle clubs, one-off cycle events, pool bike schemes and training for staff to become cycling instructors.
 


Bike It Plus

TfL funds Sustrans officers to work with selected schools to foster a culture of cycling at the school. A dedicated Bike It Plus officer works with the school community and staff to provide them with the tools and knowledge to run cycling initiatives that encourage pupils to cycle more safely more often.
 
To find information about any of these activities speak to your borough School Travel Advisor or Road Safety Officer.

TfL would kindly like to thank British Cycling and Sustrans for allowing us to use these images on this page.

Cycling Resources

Activities and curriculum teaching resources to inspire cycling for Key Stages 2 and 3.
Section A
Find out about this summer’s cycling events, how your school can get involved and facts about Britain’s top cycling heroes.
Section B
Teacher lesson plans and activities covering 8 curriculum areas, including activities for pupils to run.


Section C
Ready to use pupil worksheets and resources
Tour de France - London Route Map
The Tour de France route will be going through a number of boroughs. Download the route map to view the route!


 

Don’t forget that there’s a wealth of resources available to help you and your school to get active. Check out the toolkits available on the STARS website.

TfL has developed a pack which helps you with your design your own flag to cheer on the riders on the day. Click here to make a start on it now!

Cycling Competitions

TfL invited schools in London to participate in exciting cycle competitions, with many great prizes that were up for grabs.

Winners:
The schools competitions are now closed and prizes are listed below – congratulations to the following winners!

Design a Banner (KS2)

Winner:

Aleena Khan

William Torbitt Primary
Redbridge


For the school:
  • Cycle event
  • Banner displayed at Tour de France Fan Hubs on 7 July
Individual Winner:
  • Framed copy of the original design and a designer professional version
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
Winner:

Maryam Ahmad
and
Laibah Niaz

William Torbitt Primary
Redbridge

For the school:
  • Cycle Confident sessions/extra skills session
  • Banner displayed at Tour de France Fan hubs on 7 July
Individual Winner:
  • Framed copy of the original design and a designer professional version
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
Winner:

Shasmitha Selvaseelan

William Torbitt Primary
Redbridge


For the school:
  • A scooter pod
  • Banner displayed at Tour de France Fan Hubs on 7 July
Individual Winner:
  • Framed copy of the original design and a designer professional version
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall

Design a Cycle Jersey (KS2)

Winner:

Serafina Chew Siegel

Fielding Primary School
Ealing


For the school:
  • Cycle event
  • Banner displayed at Tour de France Fan Hubs on 7 July
Individual Winner:
  • Framed copy of the design made as a Jersey
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
For school & individual:
  • Framed copy of the original design and a designer professional version
Winner:

Ines Hammoud-Bahl

Orchard House School
Ealing


For the school:
  • Cycle Confident sessions/extra skills session
Individual Winner:
  • Framed copy of the design made as a Jersey
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
For school & individual:
  • Framed copy of the original design and a designer professional version
Winner:

Nabeeha Nainar Mohamed

Lathom Junior School
Newham


For the school:
  • A scooter pod
  • Banner displayed at Tour de France Fan Hubs on 7 July
Individual Winner:
  • Framed copy of the design made as a Jersey
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
For school & individual:
  • Framed copy of the original design and a designer professional version

Design a Poster (KS3)

Winner:

Alexandria Noon

The Brittons Academy
Havering


For the school:
  • Cycle event
Individual Winner:
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
For school & individual:
  • Framed copy of the original design and copies of the poster made available for download to all secondary schools in London
Winner:

Rachel Harding

Nower Hill High School
Harrow


For the school:
  • Cycle Confident sessions/extra skills session
Individual Winner:
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
For school & individual:
  • Framed copy of the original design and copies of the poster made available for download to all secondary schools in London
Winner:

Rasul Munawar

Nower Hill High School
Harrow


For the school:
  • A mini pod for the school
Individual Winner:
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
For school & individual:
  • Framed copy of the original design and copies of the poster made available for download to all secondary schools in London

Art Competition (KS2 / KS3)

Winner:

Lottie Short

Edge Grove School


For the school:
  • Cycle event
Individual Winner:
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
For school & individual:
  • Framed copy of the original design and copies of the poster made available for download to all secondary schools in London

    *The winning art piece will be exhibited at various London locations such as City Hall
Winner:

Victor Iaya

Rosetta Primary School
Newham


For the school:
  • Cycle Confident sessions/extra skills session
Individual Winner:
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
For school & individual:
  • Framed copy of the original design and copies of the poster made available for download to all secondary schools in London

    *The winning art piece will be exhibited at various London locations such as City Hall
Winner:

Samanta Katkerica

Rosetta Primary School
Newham


For the school:
  • A mini pod for the school
Individual Winner:
  • TfL goodie bag
  • Invitation to STARS event at City Hall
For school & individual:
  • Framed copy of the original design and copies of the poster made available for download to all secondary schools in London

    *The winning art piece will be exhibited at various London locations such as City Hall



Cycle Challenge
What is Cycle Challenge?
In conjunction with the cycling events happening in London this summer and to celebrate the return visit of the Tour de France, the Cycle Challenge competition will run over the month of June to encourage schools to cycle more often. This will be a chance for schools to start cycling Schools can register teams to compete against other school teams across London to see which school cycles the most. Those who cycle the most will win a prize. There are many prizes up for grabs for your school. Why wait? Sign your school up now and find out what you can win for your school.

Cycling Events - Fête du Tour

Saturday 31st May

London will be hosting its very own fête du tour at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 31 May 2014 to drum up excitement for the upcoming cycling events this summer.

There will be lots of fun activities and free cycling resources available for all. It’s a perfect day-out for family and friends. What’s more? Entry to the fête is free!

What will be available on the day?
  • British Cycling will be hosting 2 guided rides in the morning to the park (family friendly rides on quiet routes up to 6 mile route)
  • Free Cycle Confidence taster training sessions
  • Cycle display
  • A chance to try out a variety of bicycles including All Ability Bikes
  • Working with the Metropolitan Police, we will be running the Exchanging Places programme to promote safety cycling on the road, this involves cyclists sitting in the cab of a HGV and viewing the drivers blind spots first hand
  • Free bike marking which helps prevent bike theft
  • Information and help for the Barclays Cycle Hire
  • Tour de France 2014 merchandise
  • Cycle Challenge competition

This event page will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

Cycling Events - Tour de France

Monday 7th July

 
The Tour de France is a cycle race and the largest annual sporting event in the world, attracting up to 12 million spectators along the route itself and a worldwide TV audience that exceeds 3 billion.

Staged since 1903, the Tour runs over a number of stages in France, with occasional extensions into neighbouring countries. Teams of professional riders compete: in 2014 there will be 22 teams of 10 riders each.

The Mayor, Transport for London and London & Partners are bringing the Tour de France to London on Monday 7 July, continuing London’s reputation as the world capital for major events. It is seven years since London hosted the ‘Grand Depart’ of the Tour de France and sure enough, London is gearing up for the return of the world’s largest cycling road race.

To mark the occasion, the Mayor has released 101 special-edition yellow Barclays Cycle Hire bikes into general circulation across London. The 101 yellow bikes, which represent the 101st Tour de France to take place, will be available until the Tour arrives in London on the 7th July 2014. With around 10,000 Cycle Hire bikes covering over 100km² of the capital, users have just over a 1 in 100 chance of hiring one of the special yellow bikes. If you spot one of our special yellow bikes between now and when the tour arrives tweet a picture to @TfLOfficial using #LDNyellowbike. For more information on the Tour de France and where to stay in London visit letourinlondon.com or follow @letourinlondon on Twitter.

What happens on the day?
The Tour will start its three day visit to Britain on Saturday 5 July with a 120-mile leg from Leeds to Harrogate via the Yorkshire Dales National Park. On Sunday 6 July riders will go from York to Sheffield before travelling by road to Cambridge ready for the start of day three.

Stage Three will start in Cambridge City centre going through Great Shelford in Cambridgeshire before heading into Essex. In Essex it will pass through Saffron Walden and close to the towns of Braintree and Chelmsford before heading west and riding through Epping.

The route then reaches Greater London, where the world’s greatest cyclists will ride near Woodford Green, Chingford, Walthamstow and Snaresbrook before approaching central London via, Leyton, Stratford, West Ham, Plaistow, Silvertown, Leamouth, Poplar, Wapping and Shadwell.

Once past the Tower of London, the final kilometres of the route will take them alongside the Thames on Lower and Upper Thames Streets and Victoria Embankment before riding past the Houses of Parliament, around St James Park and finishing, with Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, on the Mall. Go to www.letour.yorkshire.com for more information about all three Stages.

To view a map of the race route, click here.
Spectating on the day
Spectators will be able to watch the elite cycling action along the route and also at three official Tour de France fan parks sites at Green Park, Trafalgar Square and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The fan park sites will feature a wide range of different activities such as live Tour de France racing on the big screen, a French-style food market, a Tour de France Museum, interactive cycling activities, an outdoor cinema, live music, celebrity appearances and shops showcasing all of the latest bike equipment and accessories. Team London volunteers will also be on hand across all the fan park sites to help spectators with local travel information and directions.

Make your own flags!
TfL has developed a pack which helps you with your design your own flag to cheer on the riders on the day. Click here to make a start on it now!

Plan your travel
Roads surrounding the race route will be closed on the day of the event from 10am to ensure the safety of competitors and spectators. Local access will be maintained for as long as possible before the event, and restored as soon as it is safe to do so after the event. Parking suspensions may be applicable. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times and it is encouraged that schools start planning for how the closures would affect standard business operations to avoid disruption.
FactSheet
Tour de France
Stage 3, London.
School Newsletter
Newsletter for primary schools.
Bus Information
Information on bus routes affected by the Tour de France.
Posters
Print your own Tour de France poster.
Traffic Maps
Borough traffic maps for the London stage of the Tour de France.
Leaflets
Borough leaflets for the London stage of the Tour de France.
 
This event page will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

Cycling Events - Prudential Ride London

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August

Prudential RideLondon (PRL) on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August is a two-day festival celebrating cycling in London and the world’s biggest mass participation cycling event. It includes Free Cycle on Saturday 9 August – the perfect family fun day out on bikes. Taking place some of London’s most iconic roads which will be completely shut to traffic. Look out for news from local boroughs officer, as there will be organised led rides from some boroughs into central London.

Prudential RideLondon is a multi-award winning world-class festival of cycling developed by the Mayor of London, London & Partners and Transport for London in partnership with Surrey County Council. The event is managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership.

The Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling was a huge success in 2013, becoming the biggest inaugural mass participation sports event in the world and raising more than £7 million for charity.

What happens on the day?
On Saturday 9 August up to 50,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities will take part in the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, a free ride on closed roads in central London. FreeCycle offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling around an eight-mile traffic-free circuit in central London.

Spectators will also be able to watch the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix – a series of junior races and a professional women’s event on a closed-road circuit in and around St James’s Park.

Sunday 10 August will see up to 25,000 amateur cyclists tackling the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, a 100 mile challenge ride on closed roads through London and Surrey. Later that day, 150 of the world’s best professional men’s cyclists will race against each other in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, an extended 200km version of the amateur route.

Both events start at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before travelling through Surrey’s stunning countryside before returning to finish in London on The Mall.

Activation hubs
  • ExCeL centre 7th – 9th August
  • Green Park 9th & 10th August
  • Tower Hill 9th & 10th August
Plan your travel
On Saturday 9 August Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle will take place on an eight-mile traffic-free loop through Westminster and the City of London.

Roads will be closed to accommodate the 50,000 cyclists expected at the event which will begin at 09:00 and finish at 16:00.

Road closures, bus diversions and parking restrictions are required on the event routes across both days. You won’t be able to drive on the roads used for the event, so you may need to carefully plan your journey or consider using public transport. Check www.tfl.gov.uk closer to the event to plan your travel on the day.

Full details of all Prudential RideLondon event routes can be found at PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk/routes

This event page will be updated as and when new information becomes available.

Cycling Events - Tour of Britain

Sunday 14th September

The Tour of Britain final stage arrives in London on Sunday 14 September. It is the UK’s biggest professional cycle race and the country’s largest free to watch cycling event. After seven gruelling stages around the country, the final stage of the will finish at The Mall.

Watch this space for more information about the Tour of Britain.

This event page will be updated as and when new information becomes available.


London’s schools are invited to encourage their children, families and staff to take part in British Cycling’s fantastic free Sky Ride Local guided rides on weekends over the summer!
With 200 rides to choose from, you’ll be looked after by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders and introduced to some of the best places to cycle in London. With different levels, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge www.goskyride.com/SkyRideLocal So, why not join our Let’s Ride campaign and encourage your school community to join us for a ride!

 
How to get involved
Just go to the ride finder at www.goskyride.com/London and put in your local post code. If you spot a ride on a route and a date that suits and there are spaces available, then let your school know about it. Rides until the end of July are available to book now and more rides until October will be added in June!

The easiest way to book on to a Sky Ride Local ride is to simply email out the hyperlink for the ride to the people you think would be interested and suitable, so they can book themselves on.

One adult can book places for up to four minors or four adult friends as long as they are going to attend with them on the day. It is important that only people who know that they can attend a ride book places because any on the day ‘no-shows’ stop other members of the public taking part.

If you have a group of more than 10 people and can meet the 1-4 adult to child ratio then you can contact the team for more information and support with booking places, just email skyride@britishcycling.org.uk with ‘group booking’ in the subject line, or ring 0161 274 2000 and ask for the Sky Ride Local team.

We look forward to seeing you this summer - Let’s Ride!
 

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