Cycling

Cycling is a healthy, low cost and environmentally friendly way to travel. We provide 2 hours free cycle training to all those who live, work and study in the borough and regular pit stops to help maintain your bikes.

If you are looking for advice on purchasing a bike, check out Why Cycle.

Please remember to take it easy when cycling through Hackney’s parks.

Hackney has the highest number of people cycling to work in London and the second highest number in England (after Cambridge) by total numbers. Join them and find out why.

Cycle loan scheme

We’re no longer running this scheme. Watch this space – we’ll let you know if it’s going to be relaunched.

Bike sharing

Santander operate a bike hire scheme in Hackney. The bikes are docked and can only be returned to docking stations in the south of the borough.

You can now use dockless bikes from Beryl and Jump in Hackney, after we agreed terms with them that secured funding to install 70 new dockless bike bays in the borough.

Cycle Superhighway 1

Cycle Superhighway 1 (CS1)  runs between White Hart Lane in Tottenham and Liverpool Street Station.

After reviewing CS1 and taking into account feedback from residents, we are planning a number of actions to reduce traffic and improve the CS1 route in Hackney.

Bike Around the Borough

Every year hundreds of Hackney school children take to the roads for a mass ride around the borough, organised by the Council to provide a chance for students to practice the skills they’ve learned through national standards cycle training and to help them see how easy it is to travel around Hackney by bike.

In 2016, we broke the world record for the total number of people in a ‘bike bus’, in which participants ride together along a set route, picking up people as they go.

2020 marks the 10th anniversary for BATB. This year’s event was due to take place on Thursday 9 July.

Unfortunately, in light of current circumstances with coronavirus, we have had to cancel the physical ride. However, we are providing a number of online alternatives to ensure that we can still engage Hackney pupils and staff in BATB 2020. Details of the first:

Hackney school staff webinar: how to lead a group ride with kids

  • what: the webinar will be led by a qualified cycle instructor and will cover key group riding principles, the webinar will be interactive, providing the opportunity for you to ask questions and receive expert advice
  • when: Thursday 7 May 2020 (morning and afternoon slots are available)
  • duration: approximately 1 hour
  • cost: free
  • deadline to sign up: Wednesday 6 May
  • how to sign up: please contact franco.francis@hackney.gov.uk

You will gain the knowledge and confidence to successfully manage and lead pupils on bikes, allowing you to consider cycling as a viable option for school trips, outings and so on, and therefore having a lasting effect on travel behaviours.

Watch our video of 2017’s event:

Cycling events

Goldsmiths Row cycle counter

Our counter on Goldsmiths Row is the first digital display cycle counter in the UK. It shows the number of cyclists using the route every day and the total for the year so far.

We use the data from this and four other counters to analyse the growth in cycling in the borough and plan future improvements to cycling infrastructure.

The live feeds below are automatically updated at midnight.

Number of cyclists yesterday:

Total cyclists since 6 August 2013:

The counter is provided by Traffic Technology Ltd.

Maps

The London Cycling Campaign and Transport for London (TfL) have produced free cycle guides showing the best cycle routes across the whole of London. Area guides 4 and 7 cover Hackney and can be ordered from TfL: 020 7222 1234.

Public bike pumps

Public bike pumps have been installed at three sites to help cyclists who need to top up their air while on the move. The heavy-duty pumps are free to use and feature a QR code which can be scanned to download a map of other pumps in 15 locations around London. View a map of pump locations in London below.

Free pumps in Hackney:

  • 281 Mare Street, E8 1PJ
  • Lock 7 Cycle Cafe, Pritchard’s Road, E2
  • Clissold Leisure Centre, Clissold Road, N16

View Public Bike Pumps in a larger map

Page updated on: 24 April 2020