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Cycling in Harrow

Cycling groups in Harrow

Harrow Cyclists (http://harrowcyclists.org.uk/) is the local branch of the London Cycling Campaign. They campaign for better cycling provision in Harrow and organise rides, sometimes in conjunction with Brent Cyclists (http://www.brentcyclists.org.uk/) or Watford Spokes (http://www.spokesgroup.com/)

Cycle training

Free cycle training is available to adults and children in Harrow, funded by the Council:

http://www.cycleexperience.com/adult-training-applicant-book3.php?adulttrainingvenueid=14

Cycle paths along major roads

There are four traffic-free cycle paths along major roads in Harrow, which are of reasonable quality but do not link to each other, and most of them are too short to be useful.

  1. Rayners Lane Station to Northolt Park along Alexandra Avenue (2.5km) - mostly a segregated path, with short sections on quiet service roads, and toucan crossings at junctions.
  2. North Harrow Station along Pinner Road high street (500m) - segregated path alongside the shopping area, but no facilities at the Station Road / Pinner Road crossroads which it passes.
  3. Along Roxeth Green Avenue, from Shaftesbury Circle to Rayners Lane / Eastcote Lane junction. At either end cyclists have to rejoin the traffic on narrow 30mph roads with parked cars.
  4. Shared use paths along Watford Road between Northwick Park roundabout and the roundabout with Sudbury Court Drive

The first three of these are bi-directional paths of adequate width for 2 cyclists, segregated from the footway by a white line or half-kerb. Unfortunately they do not have priority over side roads, but their biggest problem is that they do not link up to each other to form a coherent network, and the remaining busy roads in Harrow do not have adequate cycling facilities.

Cycling on the roads

Many of the minor residential roads are fairly quiet and provide safe and pleasant cycle routes, but they may take circuitous routes and many journeys are not possible without going on the main roads. Some minor roads can become congested because cars use them as through routes and park in them. Traffic on many roads can be fast because Harrow has not yet implemented a borough-wide 20mph zone.

Some of the main roads in Harrow have cycle lanes, but they are usually too narrow or obstructed by parked cars. Some of the roundabouts have cycle paths around them, but they take circuitous routes and require cyclists to give way to every entrance and exit.

Off-road trails

There are plans to convert the route of the former Harrow and Stanmore Railway from Christchurch Avenue in Kenton to Belmont / Wealdstone into a cycling / walking path. Currently the trail is legally open and signposted, but very overgrown and most of it is not surfaced.

There are bridleways across Pinner Hill golf course and Pinner Park on which cycling is permitted, but these are suitable only for off-road bikes.

Other areas …

Latest photos of the area

See also a full list of photos in this area.

Newly paved path, such a pleasure to cycle through the park,lit for those early winter nights.

At a bus stop on an island. Like hundreds in UK. Have never attracted controversy when surrounded by motor roads. http://t.co/Cqcw9q5YkU

Small campaign success in Harrow: cycle gaps on Hindes Road/Harrow View. Thanks Harrow Council and Harrow Cyclists. http://t.co/6N9svBu7YP

Perfect bike parking right next to stores entrance & bike not tucked away

Kenmore Avenue, a quiet street leading to Kenton Recreation ground.

The turning from Kenmore Avenue into Christchurch Avenue. Modifications will be required to encourage primary school children to cycle along this route. Perhaps the triangular traffic island could be removed and zebra crossings / cycle cros ... [more]

Christchurch Avenue at the end of the Belmont Trail, showing its pedestrian-and-cycle unfriendly features (no pedestrian crossing near the mini roundabout, traffic island to put motorists into conflict with cyclists, 30mph speed limit). ... [more]

The Belmont Trail (off-road route) ends on busy Christchurch Avenue, and cyclists have to travel along a short stretch of this road to reach Kenmore Avenue. It is hoped that children will use this route to cycle to Elmgrove primary school, ... [more]

The signpost is already in place, but the path barely exists.

The Kenton end of the Belmont trail, on Christchurch Avenue. This may be upgraded as part of the planned Stanmore to the Thames cycle route.

The Belmont trail already has signposts, but much of the path is overgrown and not easily accessible. However there are plans to upgrade it.

The southern end of the Belmont trail is an overgrown dirt path. There are plans to upgrade it to a proper path with a 'sealed surface and stud lighting'.

Part of the Belmont trail which will have to be resurfaced, and should be made wider as well (as far as the trees allow).

Belmont Trail

Belmont Trail at Belmont Circle car park. Instead of going straight through the car park, it does a U turn and goes up a ramp.

Belmont trail bridge under Kenton Lane. Due to be upgraded as part of the proposed Stanmore to the Thames cycle route.

Part of the Belmont trail has been made into a car park. There is a fence here because the cycle path does a U-turn for a long ramp rather than going straight on (it continues at the other end of the car park). The height difference here le ... [more]

View from the end of the Belmont Trail. The trail is rough and muddy but there are plans to upgrade it, as part of the Stanmore to the Thames cycle route.

Wemborough Road, a 30mph road with narrow cycle lanes and traffic islands, and parked cars in some places. It is marked as a cycle route, but is not a good cycling environment. It requires removal of traffic islands, 20mph speed limit, and ... [more]

A narrow path leading from Courtens Mews to Wolverton Road. This is part of a route through quiet roads around Stanmore Golf Course. The path is quite narrow and the entrance is concealed.

Marsh Lane, Stanmore. The cycle lanes are narrow and intermittent, and there are traffic islands which force motorists into conflict with cyclists. No zebra, pelican, puffin or toucan crossings for 1km. The guard rails are unnecessary. H ... [more]

Gates of Canons Park, off Marsh Lane. The path could be upgraded to provide a cycle route.

Looking into Canons Park. The path could be upgraded to a high quality shared use path. We propose this as an alternative greenway route to the planned route through Stanmore Golf Course, which is private land and will require a lot more wo ... [more]

Turning left into Marsh Lane to go to Canons Park. Traffic islands, lots of traffic, not really pleasant to cycle on. However there are wide verges and short sections of service road which could be used to build high quality segregated c ... [more]

Near the start of the proposed Stanmore to the Thames cycle route. The proposed route turns right here, along Marsh Lane, a busy 30mph road with traffic islands to force motorists into conflicts with cyclists. This is not a pleasant and att ... [more]

Cycle parking needed at Harrow Museum (Headstone Manor tithe barn) !

London Cycle Network route 87, Pinner - a cycle lane, but nothing special.

London Cycle Network signs, Pinner View.

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