The Cycling Embassy of Great Britain are coming to Leicester on 12th October for an Infrastructure Safari starting at 11am from Leicester Railway Station. There is already a Facebook Event for this and everyone is welcome to join us.
On Monday evening a group from the Leicester Cycle Campaign Group met to plan the route.
You can view the draft plan on Strava. Comments are welcome.
The route consists of 5 “loops”. Each has possible short-cuts which allow not just a shorter route but also allow you to avoid hills or particularly scary roads. Most of the loops bring us into or close to the city centre for a choice of lunch and/or coffee stops as desired.
The loops are:
Loop 1 (South and Leicester University)
Start Railway Station front Entrance
Head South on the A6 London Road (heading for University student accommodation)
At Clarendon Park Road turn right to start loop back to city centre.
Turn right onto Queens Road (popular student housing area).
Cross Victoria park on main Leicester University route
Continue into the City Centre past the Prison.
Use King St (recently closed to through traffic) and Market St (pedestrianised) to get to the Bike Park.
Possible short cut along Victoria Park Road between London Rd and Queens Rd
Loop 2 (East towards Leicester General Hospital)
4 miles (7.2 cumulative)
From the Bike Park head for the Curve.
Then through the Churchyard to St Georges St (Strava map incorrectly shows using Queen St)
Left then right to cross St Georges Way
Route passes Spinney Hill Park on way to Gwendolen Road (the route to the General Hospital).
Cut north to the A47 Humberstone Rd to use it’s cycle facilities to head back to the City.
Cross the Central Ring and head through Humberstone Gate to the Clock Tower.
Possible short cut (saving distance and hills) from Sparkenhoe St to Humberstone Rd via Maidstone Rd and Kent St.
Loop 3 (West to the Hinckley Rd)
3.2miles (10.4 cumulative)
From the Clock Tower
High St to new Jubilee Sq and then new Southgates.
Past Magazine Sq on The Newarke to Braunstone Gate and then the Hinkley Rd
South on Fosse Rd S to Upperton Rd
Loop round Wilberforce Rd, Stuart St and Western Rd
The Wilberforce Rd to Briton St
Through Bede Park and then De Montfort University (Mill Ln, The Gateway).
From Magazine Sq use new Newarke St facility if open, otherwise Friar Ln, Berridge St, Millstone ln, Market St, Welford Pl.
Loop ends at junction of Newarke St and Welford Rd
Possible short cut from junction of Western Blvd and Braunstone Gate to Bede Park
Loop 4 (South to Tigers and then North to Frog Island)
4.2miles (14.6 cumulative)
This loop includes the busiest roads, see short-cut to avoid them.
From junction of Newarke St and Welford Rd head south on Welford Rd
Turn right into Almond Rd
At the end turn right onto Aylestone Rd using the cycle track on the right hand side.
Turn left into Jarrom St
At the end of Jarrom St go anti clockwise round the roundabout using the cycle facility
Along Upperton Rd to see the Grand Central Way, but turn right for Bede Park
Follow cycle route to junction of Western Blvd and Braunstone Gate and then onto crossing of A47 at Duns Ln
Richard III Rd and then the first part of Forest Way to the junction with Fosse Ln
Return to Soar Ln and to the A50 at Frog Island
Possible short-cut. From the beginning heading straight for the Leicester Royal Infirmary using the cycle routes (they are confusing!).
Loop 5 (North past the Space Centre and then returning to the railway station)
5.2miles (19.8 cumulative)
Start at the Soar Ln, A50 junction.
Follow the cycle route to the A6 crossing above Friday St
Follow the cycle route through Abbey Park,
Go past the Space Centre to Thurcaston Rd
Loughborough Rd then Checketts Rd to the Golden Mile.
Use the marked cycle route that runs parallel along Harrison Rd
Rejoin the A607 Belgrave Gate using Britannia Street
Head for the Clock Tower past the proposed location of the new bus station.
Use Gallowtree Gate and Granby Street to return to the Railway Station.
Possible short cut after Abbey Park along Abbey Park Rd to the Belgrave Rd, Turn right to where the longer route joins Belgrave Gate.