The Thames Path as a cycle route from the Tower to Greenwich

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The Thames Path and NCN4

The Thames Path is a designated cycle route only where it it overlaps NCN4 but using it for cycling is probably legal and work should be done to make it into a proper riverside cycling greenway. Since it has few visitor attractions, at present, it is better suited to cycling than walking.

Having enjoyed cycling beside the river between Tower Bridge and Greenwich for many years I was surprised to discover that about half of it isn’t a cycle route. It’s the Thames Path – which was planned for pedestrians. A riverside route for cyclists and pedestrians would be a great amenity for East London – and a support for the area’s economic regeneration. Some rights of way would have to be negotiated but little capital expenditure would be required. The two groups share a path in many parts of London with more users than the Surrey Docks. This video follows the route East from the Tower. My main comment on the trip from Tower Bridge is that the route could, should and will be a riverside cycle path designed for leisure use.

The Thames Path and NCN4

The Thames Path is an attractive place for cycling, because of the fresh air and expansive river views. It needs a landscape plan to make it into a cycleway with more trees, more visitor attractions and better access to the foreshore and beaches.

Tom Turner

Posted in cycleways, London cycle network

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