Organisation, routes and magazines

If you’ve been off a bike for a while you may be surprised at the amount of work that’s been undertaken to help people ride bikes, whether to work, school or just for fun.

For more than a decade Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, has developed over 13,000 miles of traffic free and calmed cycle routes.  These are available for the cyclist and ebike rider.

The National Cycle Network is signposted with the familiar blue signs with a white picture of a bike followed by a number (all the Network’s routes are numbered).  You might be surprised just how close you live to a Network route.  More information on the NCN can be found at: www.sustrans.org.uk/

The Cycle Touring Club of Great Britain (CTC) has been developed to help cyclists; from insurance to legal representation the CTC is an organization with the welfare of cyclists at its heart.  More information on the CTC can be found here: www.ctc.org.uk/

London Cycle Campaign is a group to help the capitol’s riders.  Lobbying for safer routes, more secure bike parks and better provisions for cyclists it is a great group and one that is growing in numbers and influence.  More information can be found here: www.lcc.org.uk/

Cycle Superhighways are new cycle lanes into central London from outer London. They will provide cyclists with safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city.  The first two have now launched, with ten more being introduced by 2015. They could be your best and quickest way to get to work or to meet friends.  More information can be found here: www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/15831.aspx

There are also a number of specialist magazines that can offer independent advice on buying and running an ebike.  These include A to B and the Electric Bike Magazine.

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