Visitors urged to walk to Olympics

Organisers of the Olympic Games are urging people to consider walking or cycling to the events as part of the Active Travel programme.

Transport for London (TfL) has also produced a series of new guides and maps to ensure that everyone is aware of how to reach the venues without using public transport or driving. There is free cycling parking at all of the sporting arenas as well as some venues offering cycle maintenance to ensure people's bikes are in top condition.

It is hoped that around 300,000 spectators will opt to walk or cycle to venues in London and TfL is predicting that an additional one million journeys will be made every day due to the Games.

Mark Foster, a former Olympic swimmer, said: "The range of services available to spectators walking or cycling to Games venues is great. I live locally and hope to cycle to the Olympic Park so will be testing out the cycle parking and possibly the cycle maintenance too!

"I hope these will encourage more people to walk and cycle, both to their Games events and in the future."

Visitors staying in central London hotels may be tempted by several guided walks and cycle rides that are on offer during the Games. In total, there will be more than 150 walks and 425 rides taking place and it could be a great way to discover the city.

The Olympic Park is the main area of London 2012 and is home to eight of the Games' venues. It is a 15 minute walk from both the Stratford mainline station and the Stratford London Underground stop, which is on the Jubilee and Central Lines.

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