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Pedal Power

There’s no better way to explore Southwark than on two wheels.

We admit the weather hasn’t been up to much of late but on a gloriously sunny day Southwark is one of the best boroughs in the capital to cycle around and take in the sights.

It’s about to get better, we hope, as proposals to build a new Cycle Superhighway (CS4) stretching from Tower Bridge to Greenwich have received strong support from the public.

If it gets the go-ahead, it would include 4km of two-way protected cyclist tracks, giving roads in Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Deptford and Greenwich a clearer and safer route for cycling.

It’s all part of the mayor’s transport strategy to decrease congestion and car pollution by making other modes of transportation more accessible.

Whether you’re new to the saddle or an experienced rider, Machine on Tower Bridge Road is just the spot to catch up while drinking a mug of Monmouth coffee. The independent family-run cafe has a repair workshop for all your biking needs.

On Your Bike (The Vaults, Montague Close, London Bridge) is another family-run business nestled under the arches of London Bridge next to Southwark Cathedral. Riders can find a range of quality brand bikes and clothing, plus a large repair and maintenance workshop, and one of the largest fleets of bicycles for hire and rental in the capital.

For those socially conscious cyclists, take note of Druid Cycles (18 Druid Street). The not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) on Druid Street formed to benefit the cycling community. Here you’ll find a repair workshop, recycled bicycle parts, and a space where bicycle mechanics with training can improve their working skills. The shop also works with Southwark Council to provide community training schemes.

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