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Bicycle at a demonstration

Sign at the Dutch embassy in London: "Please do not chain bicycles to these railings."

Desperate shortage of cycle parking for the Royal Geographical Society's Monday lectures.

5.15, and there's no parking left for the very popular 6.30 lecture at the Royal Geographical Society.

Space for much-needed cycle parking at the Royal Geographical Society.

Space for much-needed cycle parking at the Royal Geographical Society.

Space for much-needed cycle parking at the Royal Geographical Society.

It's unclear whether cycling is actually allowed on this new link to the new toucan crossing over West Carriage Drive to Queensgate.

At last! much-needed drop kerb for cyclists leaving Queensgate (past the Albert Memorial).

New toucan crossing over West Carriage Drive

One of the few permitted cycle routes in Kensington Gardens. The level of paranoia in the Royal parks is incredible!

Cycle parking hidden away behind the Serpentine Gallery in a no-cycling zone. Presumably for staff - visitors are just fine locking their bikes to the railings opposite the entrance.

It's very petty-minded to ban cycling on this short stretch of road to the Serpentine Gallery, as it's used by delivery vehicles and cyclists want to lock their bikes to the railings by the entrance.

Rather abrupt unsigned end to cycle track along West Carriage Drive (not easy to find heading north in the dark).

'Delamere Street' - in fact a grubby little cut-through

Cycling west on the Grand Union towpath from Little Venice.

Little Venice - sign reads 'Cyclists Caution ... Please slow down and dismount if necessary'.

This lane is signed as No Entry in both directions - for emergency vehicles attending incidents at Paddington station, but potentially useful for southbound cyclists.

The cycle route up the east side of Hyde Park ends at a barrier, a zebra crossing over Bayswater Road and a No-entry. There's talk of a proper crossing and a cycle contraflow here. Fortunately there's a more useful crossing just west at Alb ... [more]

The cycle route up the east side of Hyde Park ends at a barrier and a zebra crossing over Bayswater Road. Fortunately there's a more useful crossing just west at Albion Street.

Cycle route crossing North Carriage Drive to Hyde Park.

Junction of the cycle route up the east side of Hyde Park with North Carriage Drive.

Junction of Brook Gate crossing with the cycle route up the east side of Hyde Park.

The Brook Gate crossing of Park Lane - looking east to Upper Brook Street

Cycle parking between platforms 8 and 9 at Paddington. It all seems full even though this was taken on a Sunday evening. They are mostly toastracks of Sheffield-style stands.

Oxford Circus, which needs to be pedestrianised.

Lanesborough Place - private road under the Lanesborough Hotel, and a useful cut-through from Hyde Park Corner to Belgrave Square.

Hyde Park Corner, rush hour - some cyclists use the zebra crossing to the left, but most just wait for traffic to let them through to the Hyde Park cycle route.

Hyde Park Corner - left-hand gate used by cyclists crossing directly from the central island into Hyde Park, right-hand gate used by those taking two stages.

Hyde Park Corner, evening rush hour - cyclists making the one-stage crossing from the central island to Hyde Park conflicting with cyclists turning right from Knightsbridge to the island - all in a hurry before traffic mows them down.

Hyde Park Corner, evening rush - cyclists crossing in two stages from the central island. There seem to be more cyclists every time I go to London.

Hyde Park Corner - cyclist waiting to make a right turn

Hyde Park Corner - crossing from Lanesborough Place.

Considerate cycling permitted in Hyde Park

Rush hour on the cycle route along the south side of Hyde Park.

The Ring, between Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Most drivers treat these speed platforms as zebra crossings and let cyclists and pedestrians cross. Cycling is not allowed on the short road leading to the Serpentine Gallery, ahead - the ... [more]

Cycle way entering Hyde Park - no access ahead, turn right here for Kensington etc.

Cycle way from Hyde Park to Albion Street.

cycle crossing from Albion Street into Hyde Park.

The signposted cycle route from Hyde Park continues ahead, but cyclists heading for Kings Cross (and Cambridge) should turn right here and then left.

Cycle parking at Paddington Station - lots of spaces, but not enough: all spaces in use.

Hyde Park cycle track

crossing from Hyde Park across Knightsbridge

Hyde Park Corner - either a two-stage crossing here to Hyde Park or a mad dash to the right before the lights change for traffic from Knightsbridge.

Hyde Park Corner - separate, wide crossings for pedestrians and bikes (and horses).

Hyde Park Corner - separate, wide crossings for pedestrians and bikes (and horses).

Well-used cycle track alongside Constitution Hill (Green Park)

The only cycle parking near Somerset House and the Courtauld Gallery (in background)

Cycle parking at the Royal Academy - they don't want bikes on the railings, but don't mind lots of rather ugly signs.

Marlborough Road - closed to traffic on Sunday mornings. Cyclists can go through the parking area on the north side of The Mall to link to the cycle route along Constitution Hill.

The Mall - closed to vehicles on Sundays (though they don't bother to switch the traffic lights off). Cyclists are tolerated, or can go through the car park on the north side of the road.

footbridge over Paddington Basin

bridge over Paddington Basin - there's a ramp but cyclists should push.

Hermitage Road - cycle parking and bridge over Paddington Basin

Street closure with cycle parking - Neal St, Covent Garden.

North side of the National Gallery (Sainsbury Wing) - not the safest cycle parking.

London Metropolitan Police: Warning to cyclists

Scuttlers: Crossing the road in Trafalgar Square

Surprisingly rural view in Central London.

Waiting to cross five lanes of traffic outside Buckingham Palace

A meeting of the Department for Transport's Mapping Working Party, which map developers Simon and Martin attended.

Map developers Martin (left) and Simon (right) called to meet with the Department for Transport.

'No entry except cycles' in London. (This might just be a turned sign though - not clear.)

Positive action by the police against illegal cycling, here in London.

Signs on the back of buses that say no cycles.

No right turn except buses and cycles into Charing Cross Road from Oxford Steet.

A fabulous bike shop in Great Tichfield Street. Called velorution their website is at

Threat of £30 fine for cycling on the pavement.

Dr. Bike outside Westminster Cathedral.

The ongoing protest in front of Parliament.

A wonderful historical drawing - at the London Transport Museum, welcoming in the new suburban buses: "We used to have to cycle to the station; but now we have the bus."

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