We're often asked what replaced
the Cycling Proficiency test. Well this is it. With on-road
training the Bikeability scheme is a much improved cycle
Ask your school if they can arrange
training if they don't do it already.
that for children, the usual age for training is from 9 years
old. The council subsidises training for Adults that you can book at any time. We thoroughly reccommend it - especially if you're a beginner, but even if you have cycled for years, you will probably learn something that will make you safer on the roads. You can expect to pay £5 for a two-hour
lesson. To book
a lesson, contact Cycle Training Ltd on Freephone 0800
093 6454, and mention that you live in Ealing.
train companies on the National Rail network carry bicycles, but their
rules vary. For instance, most bikes, with the exception of foldables,
are not allowed on trains in the rush hour. Before travelling, check
well in advance with the National Rail Enquiry Service Tel: 0845 748
4950. Thanks to an LCC campaign, Eurostar now allows you to take a bicycle
on the train you're travelling on, but you need to book
a space in advance.
For timetables of trains and coaches try Traveline.
The nearest BMX track is the Lake
Farm BMX Track, Dawley Road, Hayes. This is free and open to
the public at all times except when it is being used by the
local club, the Hawks. Beginners are encouraged to go along
to an organised event when the Hawks can provide limited club
bikes, safety gear and advice on how to get started.
In 2012 Ealing
Council opened a skatepark at Gurnell Leisure Centre,
Ruislip Road East, Ealing W13 0AL.
the quietest off-road cycling in Ealing is along the Grand Union canal.
In places the path is good, in others, in particular the stretch in
Southall north of Bull's Bridge, it is very rough. Occasionally you will find
gates designed to prevent motorcyclists using the canal. They
are designed so regular bicycles can get through, but if you
are on a recumbant, towing a trailer or on a bicycle with a
high-backed child seat, you probably won't be able to pass.
Many of these have been removed recently, or adapted to improve
access for cycles. Information on cycling along canals is on
the British Waterways website.
British Waterways, Norwood Top Lock, Poplar Avenue, Norwood Green,
Southall, Middlesex UB2 4PN Tel: 020 8571 8900
The fondly remembered training
running several years ago. The new training scheme is called
Bikeability and unlike the old Cycling Proficiency it prepares
you for the real world with on-road cycle training. See Bikeability
Ealing's cycle racing
club is the Westerley Cycling Club. If you want to take part in
competitive riding, or like the idea of long, fast club runs, then this
is the place to go.
Further afield London
a club that meets in Richmond park every Saturday.
If you fancy some thing else competitive on the road
then there is also The Gregarios Superclub Ciclist, a road racing club
based in West London, Middlesex and beyond. Sunday club routes and
Minet Ladies Cycling Club is based at the
Hillingdon Cycle Circuit and offers local women a mix of cycling
for fun, fitness or competion. They can provide training
and you can bring your children during the school holidays. Minet
Ladies Cycling Club
For children and
teenagers up to 16, then Hillingdon Slipstreamers is a great place to
start. They run training sessions on Saturday mornings at the
Hillingdon Cycle Circuit. Check out www.slipstreamers.co.uk
for more details.
competitive mountain bike riding, see West
Drayton Mountain Bike Club
BMX Cycling, see the Hawks the
Hayes BMX Club based at the Lake Farm BMX Track, Dawley
theft is a big problem in London. One of best ways to prevent cycle
theft is to use a good lock. Always lock your bicycle to an immovable
object and never leave it out on the street overnight.
You can register your bicycle with the police at www.imobilise.com
so that if it is stolen and recovered they can return it to you.
The Police used to stamp postcodes on bicycles so that they could be
returned to their owners. Now manufacturers are putting serial numbers
on bikes again, all you need to do is register the number with the
immobilise web site. If you want your postcode stamped on your bike,
try Acton Police station. Tel: 020-8246 9764.
council offers on-road cycle training for children, adults and
groups. See Bikeability above.
You can learn how to maintain your
bicycle at the Ealing
by Ealing Cycling Campaign on the first Saturday of every
month. The hub is based in Greenford. Visit the web site to
find out more and book a place.
for maintaining the roads, providing cycle training for children,
transport planning, etc. They have a number of help lines to report
pot-holes, broken street lights, etc. which are listed separately
below. For cycle training, contact Ealing's Cycling Officer (see below)
The web site www.ealing.gov.uk
information about Ealing and listings of events in the borough.
Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing. W5 2HL Tel: 020 8825 5000
Ealing branch of the London Cycling Campaign.
General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Borough co-ordinator: Nick Manthorpe. Tel: 0795 649 0714, e-mail: email@example.com
Secretary: Tom Hartwell
Council Liason: Peter Mynors
Rides Organiser: Paul James
for London have a journey planner at http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk
. Click on 'Search more options' to bring up the cycle journey planner.
To make sure you arrive on time, allow 50% longer than the estimated
journey time - at least the first time you make the trip.
order free cycle maps of London from the Transport
for London Cycling website.
A useful online map is streetmap.co.uk
there are no mountains in Ealing. The best MB riding territory in south
east England is said to be the network of trails around Leith Hill.
Contact local bike shop, Nirvana Cycles for details: 01306 740300. www.nirvanacycles.com.
They also organise rides.
nearest MTB club is West Drayton Mountain Bike Club,
based in Uxbridge.
want to do your own thing. This site has a map and details of
a nearby ride in Colne Valley.
To report dangerous bus drivers, go to Transport
for London Cycling and click
on one of the 'Contact us' links at the bottom right of the page.
Parking in Cycle Lanes
report persistent problems with vehicles parking in Ealing's cycle
lanes, call the number below. Note that parking may be allowed in cycle
lanes at certain times. This is particularly true of advisory cycle
lanes (those with dotted white lines). Please check that offences are
being committed before calling. 020 8825 6677.
Faults in Ealing
To report potholes and other street faults in Ealing and get them
repaired, and get broken glass cleaned up, telephone 020-8825 6000. It
is important to note the name of the road and the precise location -
e.g. opposite house number ... Between 17.30 and 08.00 you can contact
the emergency reporting number: 020-8825 5000. Or if you want to report
potholes using the internet, go to fill that hole.
Faults on major roads and all traffic signals
To report faults on the following roads: A40, A406, Church Rd between
Target and White Hart roundabout, The Parkway and Ruislip Rd between
White Hart and Polish War Memorial roundabout, go to www.streetfaults.tfl.gov.uk To report a fault
that is serious and very urgent,
call the Street Faults Contact Centre on 0845 305 1234 (open 24 hours)
report faulty street lights in Ealing, and get them repaired, fill
out an online report form available at Ealing council's web page on street
lighting. If it is an emergency or needs urgent attention tel: 020 8825 6000.
Routes to Schools
organisation gives you the information you need to develop a safe cycle
route to your, or your child's, school. There is excellent web-site
information at www.saferoutestoschools.org.uk
Safe Routes to Schools Information Service. Head Office: 35 King
Street, Bristol. BS1 4DZ Tel: 0117 929 0888.
cycle racing club.
Contact Vince Dey: 020-8864 0643 www.westerleycycling.org.uk
Cycle Rides in and around Ealing
Cycling Campaign hold monthly social rides from Ealing Town Hall on
Sunday mornings. See our Rides
Page for details. Other London Cycling Campaign rides are
featured in the monthly LCC magazine, London Cyclist.
Cyclists' Touring club also organise social rides around London. The
nearest branch is West
London CTC. Central
London CTC also organise rides.
challenging rides are organised by the Westerley
Cycling Club, the Old Actonians Cycling Club, and,
for under 16's, the Hillingdon
to Southall Charity Ride
summer the Sikh community in Ealing organises a ride from Birmingham to
Southall to raise money for local charities. Details normally available
from June at: www.charitybikeride.com
details of the major national sponsored cycle rides (London to Brighton
etc.) held during the summer, contact Bike Events. PO BOX 2127 Bristol
BS99 7LN 0870 755 8519
with LCC Membership
We have some great independent
bicycle shops in Ealing. Membership
of LCC automatically
entitles you to discounts on bikes and spares at Woolsey of Acton, and There
Cycling of Hanwell. For a map of all the shops in London offering LCC discounts,
For cycle shops, repairs and other cycle services in Ealing, see below.
of Acton (offers Discounts to LCC members)
281 Acton Lane, Acton, W4 5DH. (020 8994 6893). Offers a generous 10%
discount on bikes and spares for LCC members. Also does repairs, has a large range of accessories and sells a
wide selection of bikes. Long established family shop with friendly owner.
Opens early and closes late (except Weds when it is closed). Well worth checking out. map
There Cycling (offers Discounts to LCC members)
60 Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 3TR
(0208 568 8828)
Opened in February 2011. Owner Jim Kent aims to bring the best of European urban
cycling to Ealing: from Dutch-built cargo bikes for the school run, to Danish
children' sbikes and classy British brands like Cooper and Pashley. He also sells
stylish cycle clothing and runs a workshop for bike repairs and servicing. Opposite
Wickes in Hanwell. map
67, The Broadway, Greenford, UB6 9PN. (020 8578 7863). A decent range.
Services and repairs bikes. A couple of our members reported that they
had good service at this shop. map
9 Bond Street, Ealing, W5 5AP (020 8567 3557). Handy for swift repairs,
for choosing from a range of bikes including Brompton folders, and it
has a good range of accessories. Friendly staff. It opens early so you can drop off your bike on
your way to work for repairs and servicing. map
Bicycle Repair Station
2A Goldsmith Road, Acton, W3 6PX. Opposite Acton Town Station.
(t: 0203 556 5384, m: 07950 732341) The classic Monty Python sketch,
Man' is reputed to have been filmed in Churchfield
Road, Acton, and now the street has a genuine repair man. Martin
Potter, a former builder, set up the business in April 2011. As
well as repairing bikes, the Repair Station
sells accessories and new and second-hand bicycles. map
Bicycle Repair Shop
17 The Vale,Uxbridge Road, Acton W3 7SH (t: 0208 749 7344)
The people who run the Bicycle Repair Station opened this second shop not far from the first in June 2013. They share the same web site.
The Perfume Factory, 140 Wales
Farm Road, East Acton, W3 6UG (020 7199 8181). A new company
offering personalised bikes made to order. Essentially they
sell only two types of bike - a men's or women's hybrid. You
just get to change the colours. You will find more choice
in the bike shops above which sell many different styles of
112 Broadway, West Ealing, W13 0SY. (020 8566 0044). Half sports
shoe shop, half bike shop, this unusual hybrid has a small selection
of bicycles for sale, and a small range of spare parts
including tyres and inner tubes. They also service bicycles.
We have no feedback on this shop yet so, if you've used it,
let us know about their service: firstname.lastname@example.org. map
Hanwell, W7 2EN (07940 381617) Not a bike shop,
but a mobile bicycle repair service. James Nelson a Cytech qualified
mechanic can collect your bike from your home, fix it, and deliver
it back again - all by bicycle and a special trailer that carries
up to two bicycles. Call him for quotes, or visit his web site:
The Bike Whisperer
185 Pitshanger Lane, London W5 1RQ (020 8998 7271) Not a bike
shop, but a bike servicing and fitting specialist. Scherrit and
Corinne Knoesen set up the business in 2004 and since then have
focused on servicing premium road bikes, and fitting bikes to customers.
If your bike doesn't feel right, they can help. If want
to get the best out of your bike, check out their web stie.
Shops in West London
the West of Ealing, try
The Wheely Good Bike Shop, 3 Whiteleys
Parade, Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon (01895 811214). Looks well stocked,
with a good range.
Abetterbike, Hillingdon, UB10 9EJ. 07810 877
851. Used bikes for children and adults, re-conditioned parts in stock
and provide repairs, servicing and assembly of new bikes. Delivery and
collection service. email email@example.com
Action Bikes, 101 Uxbridge Road in
Shepherd's Bush W12. (020 8743 5265) 5% discount on parts and / or
accessories to LCC members.
Bikes, 176 Chiswick High Road, W4. (020 8994 1485) 5%
discount on parts and / or accessories to LCC members.
27 All Saints Road, W11 1HE (020 7229 4850) A great little shop
specialising in repairing bikes. A good place to buy a Brompton or a
Kensington, 54 Earls Court Road, W8 6EJ (020
7460 0495) Another good independent bike shop with a knowledgeable
owner. One of the best places to buy a Brompton.
113/114 Brentford High Street, TW8 8AT. 0208 326
Until May 2010, this shop was the excellent Wizz Bikes. It's now part of the
Evans chain, but still offers discounts to LCC members, and previous owner John
Simnett is still acting as a consultant. They also offer cycle maintenance training.
St. John's Road, Isleworth. Large shop offering good repairs and a
range of bikes - part of a chain of stores. Enthusiast staff. May be
expensive for some items.
Moore's, London Road, Twickenham. As above.
Large shop offering good repairs and a range of bikes - part of a chain
of stores. Enthusiast staff. May be expensive for some items.
The Bike Shop, 511
Pinner Rd, North Harrow. Specialises in racing bikes, but also stocks
clothing and has an online store.
What to do with your old bike
Don't throw it away... Freecycle it. Go to the Ealing
Freecycle web page and
"recycle" your bicycle.
London Cycle Links
Bicycle Tour Company. Hire out bikes for a day and
organise cycle tours in central London.
1a Gabriels Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PP Tel: 020 7928 6838
Parkcycle. Hire out bikes in Richmond Park, an ideal
location for family cycling not far from Ealing. They also rent out cycle trailers
for smaller children. Based in Roehampton Gate car park. Check the Parkcycle web
site for details.
London-based company that organises on-road cycle training for children
and adults. They can also run bike repair classes. Ealing Council
employs them to provide free on-road cycle training for children, and
adults resident in Ealing. To book a course, contact Cycle Training Ltd
on Freephone: 0800 093 6454. www.cycletraining.co.uk
London Bike Hub
Ealing-based organisation that offers a range of bicycle-related
services; cycle instruction, event management, maintenance
workshops, pedal-powered generators & smoothie makers, indeed,
almost anything involving bikes, and beyond! See
London Bike Hub.
Office: Unit 228, 30 Great Guildford St. SE1 0HS Tel: 020-7928 7220
Fax: 020-7928 2318, www.lcc.org.uk
School of Cycling
Based in East London. Provides
cycle training for beginners. Also organises the annual Dunwich Dynamo,
a lengthy 200 km night ride from London to Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast.
Tel: 020 7249 3779, www.londonschoolofcycling.co.uk
of London & Greater London Authority
cycling policy and the size of the cycle budget for London.
Romney House, 43 Marsham Street, London. SW1P 3PY
Tel: 020-7983 4000 www.london.gov.uk
buses, tubes, trams, and transport in London, including cycling.
Reports to the Mayor. The web site contains lots of information on
cycling in London, particularly plans for cycle facilities.
Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street. SW1H 0TL Tel: 020-7941 4500
Most roads in Ealing are the responsibility of Ealing Borough Council
(see above), however some major routes (all Red routes, the A40, the
A4,and Hanger Lane), are the responsibility of Transport for London
a cycling display to local authorities and companies wishing to promote
cycling. Their Bike Try-Out Roadshow offers the public the chance to
try out around 40 different bikes including two seaters, recumbants,
and bikes for the disabled. Their web site is a great source for
information on all aspects of cycling.
The Company of Cyclists, 7 Coda Avenue, Bishopthorpe, York.YO23 2SE.
Tel: 01904 778080 www.companyofcyclists.com
who put together the original West London Cycling map.
CycleCity Guides, Wallbridge Mill, The Retreat, Frome, Somerset BA11
5JU. Tel: 01373 453533 www.cyclecityguides.co.uk
Touring Club (CTC)
Cycle touring organisation. Organises social rides & much more.
Cotterell House, 69 Meadrow, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3HS Tel: 0870 873
The two nearest branches are West
London CTC, and Central
Service, Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham
Street, London SW1P 4DR. Tel: 020 7944 8300. www.dft.gov.uk
Highway Code has a section on rules for cyclists. It's available online
at Highway Code
which designs and builds routes for cyclists, walkers and people with
disabilities. Responsible for the National Cycle Network.
Head Office, 35 King Street, Bristol. BS1 4DZ.
National Cycle Network Information Line, Tel: 0117 929 0888, www.sustrans.org.uk
London Office: 14-16 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 6DR