RideLondon 2024: Cycle Through Traffic-Free Central London This May

RideLondon 2024: Cycle Through Traffic-Free Central London This May
RideLondon 2024: People cycling beneath Union Flag bunting
The traffic-free cycling event returns to London for one day only this May. Image: Jed Leicester for London Marathon Events

Love the idea of cycling around central London, but worried it's not all that safe? Then RideLondon's FreeCycle is for you.

Returning to the city for one day only — Sunday 26 May 2024 — the annual event opens up eight miles of traffic-free roads in the city centre — passing the likes of the Holborn Viaduct, Piccadilly, Pall Mall, St Paul's Cathedral, Strand, Trafalgar Square, Victoria Embankment and Whitehall/central Westminster.

Though 2024's final route is yet to be confirmed, chances are it'll be similar to last year's, which passed the likes of St Paul's Cathedral, Somerset House and Buckingham Palace:

RideLondon 2024: A map of the 2023 route.
A map of the 2023 route. Click to enlarge

Who can take part? Anyone able to ride a bike! The FreeCycle is free, family-friendly event — the organisers just ask that you register in advance, so they can get an idea for numbers.

Don't have your own set of wheels? You can hire a Santander Cycle, although be aware they'll be in-demand on the day.

Two festival zones — at Bank and St Paul's — will provide riders with mechanical help and refreshment, as well as music, games and face painting.

RideLondon 2024: Disabled cyclists making their way along a road
The annual event opens up eight miles of traffic-free roads in the city centre. Photo: Chloe Knott for London Marathon Events

RideLondon FreeCycle is part of a series of cycle rides taking place on 26 May — the other three are RideLondon-Essex 100, RideLondon-Essex 60 and, RideLondon-Essex 30, which, as the names suggest, head out from London towards Essex, and are for more serious cyclists. Registration for all three races is now open, and there's a fee for each.

RideLondon FreeCycle, 26 May 2024

Last Updated 06 March 2024