With the return of mass-participation and elite cycling to the Capital this weekend, Transport for London (TfL) is urging London’s road users to plan ahead of essential road closures.
The multi-award winning Prudential RideLondon, now in its fifth year, has grown to be the world’s largest mass participation cycling festival. This year the event begins at the Lee Valley Velopark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is followed by a host of events over the weekend including FreeCycle – a free, family-friendly, mass-participation bike ride in traffic-free central London – sportives and elite races. The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic is a UCI WorldTour event for the first time this year. In 2016 Prudential RideLondon inspired more than 50,000 people to cycle more.
On Saturday 29 July some roads in central London will be closed from 05:00 to 18:00 for Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle and Classique, as well as the Brompton World Championship Final. Waterloo Bridge will be the only closed bridge.
On Sunday 30 July roads throughout parts of east, central, west and southwest London and Surrey will be closed from 04:00 for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 and 100 sportives and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. They will begin to open once the events have passed and it is safe to do so, with the majority of roads reopened by 18:00. All roads are expected to be fully open by 20:00. Thirteen river crossings will be closed for part of the day, including Westminster Bridge, Tower Bridge and Battersea Bridge but the Blackwall Tunnel will remain open.