Paddington to Euston.

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Paddington to Euston.

Postby benvrackie » 19 Feb 2018, 9:46am

Can any experienced London Cycle Commuters recommend a safe route for someone with a fully loaded touring bike and zero experience of riding in London. I've got to get a connecting train at Euston after arriving Paddington. In theory time constraint shouldn't be an issue.

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Re: Paddington to Euston.

Postby bikepacker » 19 Feb 2018, 9:53am

I am not a London resident but have done a similar trip many times going from Paddington to St Pancras which is close to Euston. It is signposted most of the way with blue cycling signs mainly for Kings Cross but just follow them to Tavistock Square Gardens and turn left Euston is in front of you.
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Re: Paddington to Euston.

Postby jgurney » 19 Feb 2018, 10:04am

Going in that direction, I ride the direct way, up Praed St then Marylebone Rd. The Marylebone Road might look alarming on paper, being a dual carriageway trunk road, but there is a bus/cycle/taxi lane almost all the way along it, and the traffic is often moving pretty well at cycling pace anyway. London bus and 'black cab' drivers are much more skilled that the average car driver and and fully accustomed to mingling with cyclists, so while the Marylebone Rd is noisy and smelly, it is usually safe.

If you want a break from the bustle, about half way between the stations turn left into Regents Park soon after passing Baker Street underground station.

I do that run from Paddington to Euston or Kings Cross two or three times a year, usually carrying a camping load.

Going the other way there is a fairly handy backstreet route, but one-way streets make it too complicated to be worthwhile IMO when going eastward.

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Re: Paddington to Euston.

Postby LinusR » 19 Feb 2018, 10:27am

benvrackie wrote:Can any experienced London Cycle Commuters recommend a safe route for someone with a fully loaded touring bike and zero experience of riding in London. I've got to get a connecting train at Euston after arriving Paddington. In theory time constraint shouldn't be an issue.


Use this and enter Paddington as the start and Euston as the end. https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

The route shown is the one I use. This link may also work https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/results?JpType=cycling&InputFrom=Paddington&FromId=1000174&InputTo=Euston&ToId=1000077&SavePreferences=true

Bear in mind that central London is full of demolition and construction works and this can mean temporary road closures. I strongly recommend some sort of street map or digital navigation. Central London is actually quite good for cycling (relative to other cities) due to the high volume of cyclists. Beware of construction traffic.

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Re: Paddington to Euston.

Postby mjr » 19 Feb 2018, 11:03am

jgurney wrote:Going in that direction, I ride the direct way, up Praed St then Marylebone Rd. The Marylebone Road might look alarming on paper, being a dual carriageway trunk road, but there is a bus/cycle/taxi lane almost all the way along it, and the traffic is often moving pretty well at cycling pace anyway. London bus and 'black cab' drivers are much more skilled that the average car driver and and fully accustomed to mingling with cyclists, so while the Marylebone Rd is noisy and smelly, it is usually safe. [...]

Going the other way there is a fairly handy backstreet route, but one-way streets make it too complicated to be worthwhile IMO when going eastward.

http://cycle.travel/map/journey/20785 - it is more complicated eastbound but still better than the polluted hell and aggressive taxis on the main road IMO. I'd only go the main road if really pushed for time. I expect it's safe but it's pretty nasty.

I turn left at Gordon Square because it's quieter and easier to recognise as it's just after the shared-space-y S curve.
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Re: Paddington to Euston.

Postby drossall » 19 Feb 2018, 8:57pm

Lots of variations, it seems. I did Kings Cross to Paddington recently, which is similar, and used CycleStreets - good route most of the way.

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Re: Paddington to Euston.

Postby bohrsatom » 19 Feb 2018, 9:22pm

Similar to MJR's I'd suggest this route: https://cycle.travel/map/journey/57773.

I regularly ride the stretch east of Connaught Square as part of a weekend circular ride to Hyde Park, and have decided this is the best route east. Once you leave Wigmore St at Cavendish Square you are on quiet roads, then after you enter Camden (East of Cleveland St) there is a segregated bike path almost all of the way to Euston. The blip around Chandos Street/Duchess Street saves you a difficult right turn from the dual-carriageway Portland Place.

Personally I'd never ride the Marylebone Road unless it's very early in the morning. late at night or Christmas Day. There is a bus lane most of the way but it's not fun being surrounded by so much traffic.

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Re: Paddington to Euston.

Postby mjr » 19 Feb 2018, 9:52pm

Wigmore St is pretty busy in the week and may soon get Oxford Street's buses.
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Re: Paddington to Euston.

Postby benvrackie » 19 Feb 2018, 10:48pm

Thanks to everyone who responded, all very helpful.

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Re: Paddington to Euston.

Postby captain offensive » 20 Feb 2018, 9:43pm

Another vote for it being fine. Rode St Pancras to Paddington lay year. Took it nice and easy along some roads parallel and to the South of marylebone road. Was all easy, only problem was pi**ing off the cycle couriers coz i stopped at red lights!