New City code of conduct for cycle tour groups

A new code of conduct for cycling tour groups using narrow City lanes and streets has been given the green light.

The City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee backed the plans (Wednesday 30th July), in a bid to make cycling in the Square Mile safer and more pleasant for cyclists and pedestrians.

The new code will require cycle tour firms to avoid riding on busy, narrow lanes and streets where a safe alternative route, that does not compromise the safety and enjoyment of their customers, can be found.

Operators will need to dismount on any narrow City streets congested with pedestrians, during week-day lunchtimes (12-2pm), at peak commuting times (4pm–6:30pm) and at any other time when the street is observed to be busy with pedestrians.

Alastair Moss, Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee, said:

“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to work together with local tour companies to introduce a new cycle code of conduct.

“The Square Mile is a fantastic place for visitors, and becoming an even better place to cycle, but safety for pedestrians and cyclists is the top priority.

“This new code has safety at its core, and will enable cycle tour groups to still enjoy everything that the magnificent City of London has to offer.”

The new policy follows close cooperation between the City Corporation and the four major bicycle tour operators within the Square Mile. All four have agreed to adopt the code.

Its introduction comes after the introduction of a new Transport Strategy in May, which seeks to create a future in the Square Mile where more people choose to cycle while ensuring that pedestrians are safe.