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, and also provide a cycle loan scheme to try a bike for one month for £10.

If you are looking for advice on purchasing a bike, check out Why Cycle and for information about local bike shops and repair services, go to Hackney Cycling.

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 - try a bike for £10

The cycle loan scheme is back and you can register to try a bike for one month for just £10.

Register now

Since the original scheme launch, more than 800 people have borrowed a bike for a month to give cycling a try. The try a bike scheme gives all Hackney residents the opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of cycling as well as the chance to save money on commuting.

Bike sharing

Currently, 2 cycle hire schemes operate in Hackney: Santander, whose bikes are docked and can only be returned to docking stations in the south of the borough, and ofo, whose bikes are dockless and can be parked anywhere in the borough where bike parking is allowed.

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.

    This year's ride will take place on Thursday 28 June. It will start at Hackney Downs, travelling from there to Clissold Park, before heading on to London Fields, past Hackney Town Hall and back to Hackney Downs. There will be some minor traffic disruption during the day. 

    Watch our video of last year's event:

    Cycle Hackney app

    We are the first council in London to launch a cycling app that aims to change the future of cycling in the borough. The Cycle Hackney will help us to understand of how and why people cycle in Hackney and why people pick some routes to cycle, while avoiding others. It will help us to identify where there is need for additional cycle parking and understand what and where are the barriers to cycling in the borough.

    You can download the app for free from the Apple App Store and Google play. Track your journey, report issues and faults and help make cycling in Hackney better for everyone. It is an excellent tool for those that can claim cycle mileage for work-related trips. You can also keep track of your fitness by monitoring the distance you cycle and the calories you burn.

    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 14 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 Transport for London  by telephoning 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: 15/06/2018 10:56:20