Cycling is a healthy, low cost and environmentally friendly way to travel. It will keep you fit and it’s also fun.

Many people in Hackney cycle, and the borough 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.


Report an abandoned bike

Report an abandoned bike in Hackney, by visiting report a problem.

Bike sharing schemes

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.

Lime are now also operating a bike hire scheme in Hackney which covers a larger part of the borough. You can hire their bikes from a network of corral cycle parking racks.

A cargo bike hire scheme has also recently launched in the borough.

Visit bike sharing to find out more.

Cycle training

We provide 2 hours’ free cycle training to everyone who lives, works or studies in the borough.

Visit cycle training to find out more about cycle training offers in the borough.

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.


London Walking and Cycling Conference

The London Walking and Cycling Conference is the capital’s seminal annual event on policies, issues, and initiatives that are relevant to sustainable transportation in London and beyond.

The conference is run in partnership with Hackney Council, the City of London Corporation and Steerr.

Visit London Walking and Cycling Conference to find out more.

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.


See cycling routes in Hackney.

See on street cycle parking in Hackney.

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

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.

Tudor Grove

We’re introducing a new northbound cycle contraflow along the existing southbound one-way system on Tudor Grove from Well Street to Tudor Road.

See works notification

See delegated powers decision report

Downs Park Road

We’re proposing to improve the westbound cycle contraflow along Downs Park Road. It will allow cyclists to ride in the opposite direction of the eastbound one-way system.

See works notification (PDF 1.3mb)

See delegated powers decision report (PDF 581kb)

Green Lanes cycle lanes

In 2020, we implemented trial protected cycle lanes on Green Lanes, using temporary measures such as wands to separate the cycle line. 60% of comments received by residents about the cycle lanes said that we should make them permanent. 38% of comments said we should not make them permanent.

After considering residents’ feedback, we have made these trial cycle lanes permanent. We’ll engage with residents on implementing more permanent pedestrian and cycle improvements to replace the temporary measures.

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.

Wear a helmet when cycling

It’s not a UK requirement to wear a helmet when cycling. If you choose to wear one ensure it will keep you safe.

See road safety factsheet – cycle helmets (PDF 573kb)

Page updated on: 14 June 2024