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Joined 27-09-2006
Posted on Thursday, 07 December, 2006 - 05:41 pm:   

I notice that on another post someone has recorded their route into town.

I thought it would be good to see what routes all of us cyclists take to get across London for our own comparisons and to help any would be cyclists.

So I go from Forest Hill (Round Hill) to Victoria Street. On the way in I go up over Sydenham Hill, along Wood Vale (thus following the course of a disused railway) down Forest Hill and past the delightful open space of Peckham Rye. Through Peckham, past the Library and along the route of the Peckham Branch of the Grand Surrey Canal. Through Burgess park (along the other branch of the Canal) Along Portland Street cross over Walworth Road and Newington Butts. Past the Imperial War Museum and along over Lambeth Bridge.

Ont he way back its Vauxhall Bridge, Fentiman Road, Brixton Road, cut across to Loughborugh Junction. Up over Red Post Hill, through Dulwich, Court Lane, Lordship Lane and back via Dartmouth Road.
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Thursday, 07 December, 2006 - 06:22 pm:   

My route is Forest Hill (Perry Vale) to the City. In the mornings I take the flat route toward HOP and along Grierson Road, crossing the railway on the Brockley footbridge and then heading through Nunhead, turning right up Asylum Rd by Queens Rd Peckham station - up the Old Kent Road and then zig zagging the back streets up toward Tower Bridge.

On the way home I go along the Old Surrey canal Route up Peckham Rye and Forest Hill Road, along Wood Vale and onto London Road and home to Perry Vale.

In the summer I tend to explore longer routes home just to be out and about.
Joined 27-09-2006
Posted on Thursday, 07 December, 2006 - 07:03 pm:   

Same here, that in the summer I try different routes (through Dulwich Park or over Dog Kennel Hill)
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 08 December, 2006 - 07:21 pm:   

For many years did your number two route, then worked out that via Peckham was a straight line, and minimum rise and fall (ie as flat as it gets).

So Wood Vale, Forest Hill Road, Peckham Rye, Peckham Lane, Canal Path through to Old Kent Road. Options of cycle routes here eg over towards Blackfriars via back of Southbank Uni. I continue onto Westminster, past the War museum. Very chaotic around south side Westminster Bridge as doing up the roads, buildings etc (awful road managment by Lambeth). And some very slippy white lines by Aylesbury Estate - ironically marking out the bike lane (ouch) - Heygate Street.
Joined 09-04-2006
Posted on Monday, 11 December, 2006 - 12:20 pm:   

I take the journey from Devonshire Road down to Honor Oak park station, round the back towards crofton park - brockley road - malpas road to new cross - then down through Fordham Park onto stamford street (round the back through a dodgy estate) up onto trundleys road (back of deptford park) onto surrey quays. Then take lower road and jamaica road up to tower bridge for the city. I make it approx 5 miles though I dont have an odometer, maybe I'lll get one for xmas.

I tried the other way down through peckham but its a killer on the way back up the hill from east dulwich. I find it flatter & mostly less traffic the way I go.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 12 December, 2006 - 10:16 am:   

I tried most of the above earlier in the year and found Baggy Dave's to be the best by far (i.e. quickest). I also agree that in times of finer weather one should definitely explore!
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 12 December, 2006 - 12:38 pm:   

Nice to get an acknowledgement PVP! Another issue is cycling down past the Rye in the morning, this gets awfully clogged up from about 8.15 onwards, by Barry Road and then by the main junction. No way through apart from cycling on the wrong side of the road. Cycle routes would take you well out of your way. Be good to hear some suggestions
Joined 31-05-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 12 December, 2006 - 12:52 pm:   

At the moment my route from HOP is along Grierson Road, across the Brockley footbridge, Ivy Road to Nunhead, and up Asylum Road to the Old Kent Road - but the Old Surry Canal route sounds interesting? Where do you pick this up from?
Joined 09-04-2006
Posted on Tuesday, 12 December, 2006 - 01:08 pm:   

It would be good if there was a map showing the old surrey canal route
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 12 December, 2006 - 02:03 pm:   

The Surrey Canal Route is basically a cycle through the park to the left of Peckham Library which takes you up to the Old Kent Road.

DJ - your route looks like it's going half way round the world to find a shortcut! Admittedly, I've never cycled it but it does look like you go very far east to go back west again.
Joined 27-09-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 13 December, 2006 - 08:49 am:   

For those that haven't found it yet, check out the free cycle maps from TfL at guides.asp

On the delights of the disused Canal, you don't have to take the Old Kent Road afterwards, I take the Canal through Burgess Park and then up Portland Street thus going South of the Elephant & Castle. I then end up on more segregated routes over Newington Butts and eventually cross the River via Lambeth Bridge. Baggy Dave I see you go to Westminster any views on this? Which route do you take round the E&C?
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Wednesday, 13 December, 2006 - 10:49 am:   

From E&C (which is no problem at all) down St Georges Rd and then onto Westminster Bridge Road. Absolute hell from the junction by Lambeth North tube station until Parliament square.

Firstly because they are building a new apartment hotel on the roundabout South of Westminster Bridge. They have reversed the flow at the roundabout, which, with the traffic light synchronisation, has led to the traffic backing up here, on the bridge, and quarter of a mile south. Further there is road narrowing that funnels three lanes into two by the roundabout, and then again on the bridge. The box junction at Lambeth North gets gridlocked. I probably break a lot of rules in getting through (but dear pedestrians, I do not get into any conflict with your goodselves).
The lights actually on the bridge are not synchronised causing further stop/starts.
Ken's coned off one of the lanes, for the oh so slow maintenance on the bridge (but he has put some nice murals up instead, now good of him).
Then by HoP, they have further narrowed the road to prevent transits full of TNT blowing up our elected representatives (but no worry about the odd cyclist being killed - thanks).

The return journey follows the one way system around St Georges. The main threat is pedestrians jumping off the pavement on Westminser Bridge, particularly when they want to take a photo. There are no lights and they often don't look out for cyclists - pedestrians on their phones are also dangerous.

Now I don't just rant on this website, I also take much of this up with TfL but they haven't done anything.

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