New Tube-style map of London cycle lanes aims to help cyclists get around the capital quicker

Tom Powell
The map can be downloaded and printed: Route Plan Roll

A handy new map which shows how London’s cycle lanes all connect together has been created – using the iconic Tube map style.

The London Cycle Lane Map shows the capital’s Cycle Superhighways in a stylised format, with key destinations along the way labelled liked Tube stations.

Creators Route Plan Roll, a mapping company, said the long-term aim is to reduce cyclists’ reliance on smartphones and GPS devices while navigating around the city.

The map’s different levels of shading indicate whether a stretch of route tends to have a low, medium or high volume of traffic. It also includes so-called quietways and other popular cycle routes.

Initially launched last year, the map has now been updated and re-released by creator Dermot Hanney and designer Rich Cousins.

Cycle Superhighways connect different areas of London (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

They have also produced a more detailed version which focuses on south London and the quickest and quietest ways to get around the various districts by bike.

The maps, which can be downloaded and printed for free, also feature a useful table in the corner which estimates the time it takes to get between two areas. For example, a Peckham to Shoreditch trip should take 30 minutes, while Covent Garden to Westminster is just five.

Stylised: the map employs the classic Tube map format (Route Plan Roll)

Announcing the new map on the London Cycle Network website, Mr Hanney said: “It’s been amazing to see the support and interest in what has been to date to create a London cycle network map.

“I’m very thankful for it and just makes it easier to keep pushing on with it. As a result, for 2017 we decided to take some time out to evolve the map, hopefully for the better.”

He added: “The hope is that going forward, with high quality wayfinding on the key routes shown on the map, that you can get around on a bike in London with minimal GIS assistance. Whether this will happen in reality only time will tell, and any feedback on this would be much appreciated.”

Simon Munk, Infrastructure Campaigner for the LCC, told Mail Online: "As the network of cycle routes develop, simplifying cycle mapping to look like a Tube map is a great idea – but until the network is substantially more complete, or the mapping shows the quality of the network links and nodes, and more of them, particularly in central London, then it’s going to be of somewhat limited use."

To view the full map, click here.

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