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Croydon to London

jebuskryst 23 Apr 16:35  

Joined: 24 Jul 2008

Posts: 1


Does anyone have a commuter friendly cycle route from Croydon to the City? Since my bike accident (Croydon to Bromley) I'm looking for a safe route to my new job in the City (Holborn)
Also, if anyone does this route, could they comment on the state of the roads in this area? Cycling around the Croydon area, the potholes and bumps make it almost impossible to enjoy the ride.

Thanks in advance!

madmags 10 May 00:23  

Joined: 10 May 2009

Posts: 1


I ride from Norbury to Holborn (though not every day). It's not necessarily the quietest or most scenic, but it's quick, straightforward and makes maximum use of the bus lanes, meaning that it's reasonably safe.

Basically I head straight up London Road, through Streatham High Rd/Streatham Hill up to Brixton, then carry on straight on past the town hall and tube station on to Brixton Road. At Kennington Park I veer right onto Kennington Park Road, making sure to hit the centre lane of traffic - probably the only really hairy part of the journey with a lane of fairly fast traffic either side of you!* - and carry on down past Kennington tube.

At Newington Butts I turn off onto Dante road (so as to avoid the horror of the Elephant and Castle roundabouts!) then a quick right and left onto Elliots Row and across St Georges Rd onto Princess Street where I pop out and turn left onto the bus lane on London Road (which is moving in the opposite direction to the rest of the normal traffic on that road). Straight up to St Georges Circus, then take the exit off the roundabout onto Blackfriars Road. After that it's straight up and over the bridge, up New Bridge Street, then I veer off left just after Fleet Street and head up the back streets to my office near Holborn Circus.

The journey takes me about 45 minutes on a good day (a bit longer on the return because of the climb up Brixton Hill!). The road surface isn't too bad, bar a couple of rough patches on the return leg on Streathm High Rd.

Hope this is useful.

*If that worries you, an alternative is to stick to the left of the traffic and head onto Kennington Road then swing right onto Kennington Lane and straight down to Newington Butts.

andyj34 31 May 08:50  

Joined: 31 May 2009

Posts: 1


I more or less follow the same route with the starting point from South Croydon. The only niggles that one can encounters is cycling though Kennington where you find yourself with traffic on both sides, Elephant castle is a nightmare and of course, cycling over London Bridge. The moment you enter the City proper, it's dog eat dog mentality as taxi drivers, lorries/van, cyclist couriers will cut you up without a second hesitation.

I'm not a fast cyclist but on average my journey to Old Street took around 1hr 12 - 20 mins depending on traffic encountered.

Admc 24 May 21:49  

Joined: 24 May 2016

Posts: 1


I am looking to cycle from East Croydon to Bromley by Bow and it says 1hr 40mins. Does this seem realistic setting off at around 7:00am Monday - Saturday?


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