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Cycling is great for your health and a great way to reduce your transport costs. And as cycling helps you to avoid the traffic jams and parking difficulties, it's often the fastest way to reach your destination door-to-door!
There are many cycle routes across the borough, mostly using less busy residential streets. These routes are as direct as the major arterial roads and are much more pleasant and safe.
Islington Council offers free cycle training to anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough. Please visit http://islington.bookcycletraining.com/ for further information and to book a session.
Islington worked with Transport for London (TfL) to deliver the London Cycle Hire scheme for Islington in 2010.
The first phase of the scheme covers an area approximately equivalent to the Zone 1 travel area. Docking stations are located across the area at intervals of about 300 meters. Most of the docking stations in Islington are south of Angel.
The London Cycling Campaign and Transport for London have produced a set of 19 London Cycle Guides showing the best cycle routes throughout Greater London.
Map 14 covers the entire borough, and surrounding areas to the north and south. Map 7 also covers Islington, with routes to the east and west. These cycle guides are available at some local bike shops, or from the Transport for London (TfL) website.
You can get your bike serviced and also brush up on your cycle maintenance skills at the Islington Cyclists Action Group's (ICAG) monthly cycle workshop. ICAG run their workshops on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except August and December) from 7pm to 9.00pm, at Sunnyside Ecology Gardens, corner of Sunnyside Road and Hazellville Road, N19.
For more details contact Adrian Williams on 07810 211902. They ask £1 per session (50p unwaged) towards costs.
For information about the council's programme for improving cycle routes and cycle parking in the borough, visit our Cycle Schemes pages.
To find out how to travel 'green' to our main council offices, visit our Green Travel page.
For more information about cycling in London and the UK, visit the websites of the London Cycling Campaign and Cyclists' Touring Club.
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