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Martin submitted the winning design for London’s first dedicated cycle route in 1977.

Now, 44 years on, he has worked up a network of recreational rides around the capital. During development the working title was the C25, in reference to the orbital motorway, and still in use in this blog library.

But the C25 is no more: Cycle Orbital is the new title – less auto-centric and more accurate. It will be given launch publicity when lockdown conditions are eased and the rail system is freely available. In the meantime, the website is fully operational; please visit it by clicking the logo.

The network comprises 12 Arcs, 12 Spokes, and 12 Spin-offs. That’s 800 miles of off-road and quiet cycling through varied landscapes – often beautiful, always interesting.

Please enjoy this blog library from the archive of photos taken on reconnoitre, laid out chronologically below. It has recently been updated (March 2021) with a series of lockdown posts. You can contact Martin for further information. Cycle Orbital’s website has been built by Anthony Cartmell at Fonant.

Beyond Spinoff 9: Didcot – Maidenhead via Henley

This was a ride concocted from the need to deliver items to near Didcot power station, and to explore a ride back via Wallingford and Henley to the end of Spinoff 9 at Crazies Hill. I was also enticed out by a bright frosty day with a brisk westerly to blow me home. Having taken the 9.20 Paddington train I was ready to set off back by 10.30, but it started badly; Continue reading

Arc 2B revisited – investment and improvements

Project C25 has taken a back seat in 2019, though I have been checking on the condition of the routes, finding to my relief minor improvements in many places, and little evidence of degradation and thankfully no disrupted or closed paths. For instance, yesterday I learned that downstream of the Thames Barrier “the missing link” had been installed. Continue reading

C25 Arc 10: a lucky escape – and a plea to take care.

The C25’s purpose is to entice the rider out beyond the metropolis into pastures new. While designing the system I was aware of the importance of noting potential hazards along the way. Last week, out of the blue, I was thrown by a potholed rut between the surface of the approach lane and the main A40 carriageway in Beaconsfield, and left unconscious by the roadside for 20 minutes. Continue reading