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Renting near London’s cycling commuting hotspots

Q3 2017

Cycling to work is the favoured commuting option for around 50,000 people in London. We take a look at the property hotspots on key cycling routes.

Kate Eales

Partner, National Head of Lettings

+44 20 7318 4783

The number of people choosing to cycle to work in London is growing every year. Be part of the bike revolution by renting a property on one of these key cycling routes.

The rise in popularity of cycling

While many people will look for homes near train stations, with good bus connections, or even those that have easy access to motorways, fewer are looking at those near London’s every growing cycling network.

But with quick access to dedicated cycling lanes, you can reduce your interaction with cars and pedestrians and get you into your office faster.

According to Transport for London, the ratio of motorists to cyclists entering London during morning rush hour dropped from 11 cars to every bike in 2000 to just 1.7 cars for every bike. This has been helped by the creation of dedicated cycle lanes, bike rental schemes like the famous Boris Bikes, and a move to being healthier and less impactful on the environment.

Riding the Cycle Superhighway

The numerous Cycle Superhighways provide quick and safe access from outer London into the centre. The two most recent – and most popular additions – are the East-West and North-South routes.

East-West

The main section of the route runs from Tower Hill to Lancaster Gate but also connects to some of the smaller Superhighways, meaning you can get into town from Wandsworth in the west, or Barking out east.

North-South

When finished, this route will connect Elephant and Castle and King's Cross, with work expected to be finished on the route later this year. A section connecting Elephant and Castle and Stonecutter Street near Holborn Viaduct opened in 2016.

Where to rent?

The northern section of Knightsbridge has plenty of apartments for rent and they’re all just a few yards from the East-West route that flows through Hyde Park, Green Park and St James Park for one of the greenest commutes in London.

The Pimlico / Victoria area is also a good spot to look in as it’ll connect with both the North-South and East-West routes.

Taking the Quietway

A series of seven routes, the aim of the Quietways are self-explanatory – they will take commuters through London while avoiding the larger roads. They will run along backstreets, through parks, along waterways or tree-lined streets. Most should be complete by early next year.

The first route runs from Greenwich to Waterloo, taking in Borough along the way. Future routes will connect the following:

  • Quietway 2: Bloomsbury to Walthamstow
  • Quietway 3: Regent’s Park to Gladstone Park
  • Quietway 4: Clapham Common to Wimbledon
  • Quietway 5: Waterloo to Norbury
  • Quietway 6: Mile End to Barkingside
  • Quietway 7: Elephant & Castle to Crystal Palace

Where to rent?

Regent’s Park is a highly sought after area and you can join Route 3 at the top end. Greenwich is also becoming much more popular and feels a world away from the centre of London.

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