Thousands pedal into town on the London to Brighton Bike Ride

Posted On 21 Jun 2015 at 12:23 pm

Thousands of cyclists have been arriving on the seafront at the end of the London to Brighton Bike Ride.

About 28,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the ride, now in its 40th year. It is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for the British Heart Foundation.

London to Brighton Bike Ride Ditchling Beacon signThe 54-mile route starts from Clapham Common, in south London, and ends in Madeira Drive, on Brighton seafront. It takes in Ditchling Beacon along the way and 15 rest stops in total for those in need of refreshment or a pit stop.

The first cyclists set off at daybreak on the longest day of the year. And crowds have been watching and welcoming the cyclists arrive at the finish line.

Brighton and Hove Buses have had to make some changes to routes and running times.

And some roads have been closed. Brighton and Hove City Council said: “Parts of the route will be closed to traffic from 7.30am to 9pm.”

The roads to be closed are

  • Ditchling Road, Brighton, from the city boundary to the top of Carden Avenue at the Coldean Lane (Old Boat Corner) junction.
  • Coldean Lane, Brighton, from its junction with Ditchling Road (Old Boat Corner) to its junction with Forest Road and from its junction with Forest Road to its junction with Park Road (southbound carriageway only).
  • Southover Street, Brighton, at its junction with Lewes Road. The alternative route is via Lewes Road, Elm Grove and Queen’s Park Road.
  • Morley Street and Kingswood Street, Brighton, at their junction with Grand Parade. The alternative route is via Grand Parade, Pavilion Parade, Old Steine, Edward Street, William Street, Kingswood Street and Circus Street.
  • Mill Road, Brighton, between its junctions with the A23 London Road and Dyke Road Drive. The alternative route is via the A27 Brighton bypass. Pedestrian access will not be affected.

Others roads are affected by changes at junctions – no left or right turns p or reversed traffic flow and diversions. For more information, visit the council’s travel news web page.

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