If you have your own bicycle – or have access to one – cycling is a great way of getting around the area! If you’re a competent cyclist and have the right gear (don’t forget the all important helmet) then cycling is a very quick and easy way of getting around, particularly if you use some of the quieter side-streets in the area.
There’s also a cycle path in Holland Park, and you can also cycle in sections of Kensington Gardens – just make sure you pay attention to any signs that state which areas are not open to cyclists. You will also notice special cycle lanes on certain roads and areas – unfortunately, these aren’t as commonplace as are perhaps necessary.
As of July 2010, there’s also a new cycle hire scheme in London that allows people to rent bikes from special docking stations for up to a maximum time limit of 24 hours. There’s many of these stations dotted all around London (and you can pick up a bike from one and drop it off at another). You will need to pay an access fee and then a hire fee on top – 30 minutes hire is free; it costs £1 for an hour whilst it’s £50 for the maximum 24 hours. Full details about how to hire a bike and the costs can be found from the Barclays Cycle Hire website.
The great news is that there are many cycle hire docking stations in Kensington & Chelsea, so the cycle hire scheme may well be come very popular – and very useful – in the Borough! Here is a list of some of the stations:
in Kensington and W8
in Notting Hill and W11
in Earls Court and SW5
in South Kensington and SW7
in Chelsea and SW3/SW10