Cycling Information
Cycle training - Bike shops - Reporting potholes - if you want to find out about cycling in Ealing and the surrounding area, you'll find it here.

Cycling in Ealing


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 training course.
Ask your school if they can arrange training if they don't do it already. Note 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.

Bikes on Trains

All 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.

Canal Towpaths

Some of 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

Cycling Proficiency Scheme

The fondly remembered training scheme stopped 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 above.

Cycle Sports

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 Dynamo is 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 more.

The 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 for more details.

For competitive mountain bike riding, see West Drayton Mountain Bike Club

For BMX Cycling, see the Hawks the Hayes BMX Club based at the Lake Farm BMX Track, Dawley Road, Hayes.

Cycle Theft

Cycle theft is a big problem in London. One of best ways to prevent cycle theft is to use a good lock - we recommend a D-lock. Criminals can easily cut through thin cable locks. Always lock the frame of your bicycle to an immovable object, and never leave your bicycle out on the street overnight.

Ealing Police recommend marking your bike and registering it with Bike Register. You can do this at: If your bike is stolen and recovered, the police will be able to return it to you.

Once you have the bike marked, it is also worth logging the details at the UK national property register . This is another database the police will check to enable them to return stolen property to its owner.

The Police used to stamp postcodes on bicycles so that they could be returned to their owners. Now they hold local sessions to mark bicycles. Look out for one in your area.

Cycle Training

The council offers on-road cycle training for children, adults and groups. See Bikeability above.

Cycle Workshops

You can learn how to maintain your bicycle at the Ealing BikeHub run 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.

Ealing Borough Council

Responsible 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 has general information about Ealing and listings of events in the borough.
Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, Ealing. W5 2HL Tel: 020 8825 5000

Ealing Cycling Campaign

The Ealing branch of the London Cycling Campaign.

General Enquiries:
Borough co-ordinator: Nick Manthorpe. Tel: 0795 649 0714, e-mail:
Secretary: Tom Hartwell
Treasurer: Tim Greg
Council Liason: Peter Mynors
Rides Organiser: Paul James

Journey Planner

Transport for London have a journey planner at . 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.


You can order free cycle maps of London from the Transport for London Cycling website.
A useful online map is

Mountain Biking

Sadly, 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. They also organise rides.

The nearest MTB club is West Drayton Mountain Bike Club, based in Uxbridge.

If you want to do your own thing. This site has a map and details of a nearby ride in Colne Valley.

Reporting Problems

Bus Drivers
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

To 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.

Street 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.

Street 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 To report a fault that is serious and very urgent, call the Street Faults Contact Centre on 0845 305 1234 (open 24 hours)

Street Lights
To 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.

Safe Routes to Schools

This 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
Safe Routes to Schools Information Service. Head Office: 35 King Street, Bristol. BS1 4DZ Tel: 0117 929 0888.

Westerley Cycling Club

Ealing's cycle racing club.
Contact Vince Dey: 020-8864 0643

Cycle Rides in and around Ealing

Local Cycle Rides

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.

The Cyclists' Touring club also organise social rides around London. The nearest branch is West London CTC. Central London CTC also organise rides.

More challenging rides are organised by the Westerley Cycling Club, the Old Actonians Cycling Club, and, for under 16's, the Hillingdon Slipstreamers.

Birmingham to Southall Charity Ride

Each 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:

Sponsored Cycle Rides

For 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

Cycle Shops in Ealing

Discounts 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, click here. For cycle shops, repairs and other cycle services in Ealing, see below.

Woolsey 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

The Bike Shop

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

Ealing Cycles

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, 'Bicycle Repair 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
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.

My Velo
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 bicycle. map

London Joggers
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: 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.

Cycle Shops in West London

To 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 Website

To the East:

Action Bikes, 101 Uxbridge Road in Shepherd's Bush W12. (020 8743 5265) 5% discount on parts and / or accessories to LCC members.

Action Bikes, 176 Chiswick High Road, W4. (020 8994 1485) 5% discount on parts and / or accessories to LCC members.

Bicycle Workshop, 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 Brooks saddle.

Cyclecare 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.

To the South:

Evans Cycles, 113/114 Brentford High Street, TW8 8AT. 0208 326 2819.
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.

Moore's, 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.

To the North:

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

Cycle Hire

London 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.

Cycle Training Ltd

A 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.

London Bike Hub

An 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.

London Cycling Campaign

Head Office: Unit 228, 30 Great Guildford St. SE1 0HS Tel: 020-7928 7220
Fax: 020-7928 2318,

London 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,

Mayor of London & Greater London Authority

Determines cycling policy and the size of the cycle budget for London.
Romney House, 43 Marsham Street, London. SW1P 3PY
Tel: 020-7983 4000

Transport for London

Organises 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 Street Management.

Nationwide Cycle Links


Company of Cyclists

Provides 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

CycleCity Guides

People who put together the original West London Cycling map.
CycleCity Guides, Wallbridge Mill, The Retreat, Frome, Somerset BA11 5JU. Tel: 01373 453533

Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC)

National Cycle touring organisation. Organises social rides & much more.
Cotterell House, 69 Meadrow, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3HS Tel: 0870 873 0060 e-mail:
The two nearest branches are West London CTC, and Central London CTC

Department for Transport

Enquiry Service, Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR. Tel: 020 7944 8300.

Highway Code

The Highway Code has a section on rules for cyclists. It's available online at Highway Code


Charity 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,
London Office: 14-16 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 6DR