Thames bridges and Bermondsey roads closed to cars this Sunday for mass bike ride

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Four bridges across the River Thames will be closed to traffic this Sunday to let 100,000 cyclists take part in a mass bike ride.

Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and Westminster Bridge will all be shut for all or part of the day for Ride London, an annual day encouraging more people to cycle in the capital.

Tooley Street, Bermondsey Street and Tower Bridge Road will also be shut during the day.

  • Southwark Bridge will close at 4am on Sunday and reopen at 12pm.
  • Tower Bridge will close at 4am and reopen at 7.30pm
  • Westminster Bridge will close at 4am and reopen at 7.30pm
  • Waterloo Bridge will close at 8am and reopen at 7.30pm
  • Tooley Street will close at 4am and reopen at 7.30pm
  • Tower Bridge Road will close at 4am and reopen at 7.30pm
  • Bermondsey Street will close at 4am and reopen at 7.30pm

The Rotherhithe Tunnel, London Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge will remain open throughout the day.

Drivers have been warned to steer clear of central London if at all possible on Sunday, with Transport for London (TfL) predicting significant delays to road journeys around the closed-off areas. Emergency services will still be operating as normal and you should still call 999 in an emergency.

As part of Ride London, back for the first time in three years, around 25,000 cyclists will go from Victoria Embankment on the north side of the Thames out to Essex and back in eight hours.

There will also be family-friendly ‘Free Cycle’ zones on closed roads in central London, as well as plenty of other bike-related activities, to try and get people more comfortable cycling.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “There are lots more people taking part for the first time – 23 per cent of the places have gone to women, which is a massive shift.

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