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

Now, 43 years on, the ground survey and GPS mapping of a system of recreational rides around the capital’s urban periphery is complete. During development the working title was the C25 – in reference to the orbital motorway, and still in use in this blog library.

Now, in September 2020 we are ready to launch a dedicated website from which the routes will be fully accessible, excursions planned. The C25 is dead – long live Cycle Orbital!

The network comprises 12 arcs, 12 spokes, and 12 spin-offs. It covers more than 750 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. You can contact Martin for further information. Cycle Orbital’s website has been built by Anthony Cartmell at Fonant.

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