Fans urged to cycle to London 2012 Olympic venues

Fans urged to cycle to London 2012 Olympic venues Olympian Mark Foster is looking forward to cycling to the Games

The Active Travel programme has introduced free cycle parking and guided walks to venues to help spectators get to the London 2012 Games.

As part of the programme Olympian Mark Foster is encouraging people to get active by walking or cycling to their London 2012 venue.

A new phase of the programme has introduced 18,800 free cycling parking bays covering all venues, with 7,000 at the Olympic Park alone.

Spectators can also access a free ‘keep you going’ cycle maintenance service, which will be available at the Olympic Park, Box Hill, Hampton Court Palace, Hadleigh Farm and Brands Hatch.

As part of the guided walk and rides, spectators will be accompanied by experienced leaders and travel on some of the best ‘off road’ walking and cycling routes around London and the UK.

Some of the longer walks allow ticket holders to make their way from King’s Cross to the Olympic Park, from Canary Wharf to North Greenwich
Arena or even from Tottenham Hale to the Olympic Park.

Hugh Sumner, director of transport at the Olympic Delivery Authority, said: “Cycling is a fun and healthy way to get around at Games time.

“The ODA and its partners have made a significant investment to ensure London 2012 is a sustainable transport Games.

“All London 2012 venues are accessible by bike and free, secure, managed cycle parking will also be available at each location.

“During Games-time there will be more than 16,000 temporary cycle parking spaces for spectators at Games venues, with around 7,000 spaces serving the Olympic Park alone.”

A revised map of the London Cycle Guide for the Olympic Park and surrounding area is also available.