Former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster and London 2012 mascots Mandeville (L) and Wenlock (R) get on their feet and on the pedals (image credit: ODA)
Those lucky enough to be going to the Games this summer will have a healthy and convenient alternative to travelling on public transport thanks to guided walks and cycle rides being run to London 2012 venues.
Developed as part of the Active Travel programme, the free walks and rides will not only allow spectators to get more from their journeys but will also help deliver London 2012’s promise to provide a sustainable Games and inspire more people to get walking and cycling.
Over 150 guided walks will be taking place throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games from 27 July to 9 September, with experienced walk leaders ensuring ticketholders arrive safely and on time at London 2012 venues whilst also enjoying the scenery along the route.
The walks will take visitors from transport hubs to venues including the Olympic Park, Wembley Arena and Horse Guards Parade in the capital as well as to the sailing at Weymouth, rowing at Eton Dorney and mountain biking at Hadleigh Farm in Essex.
“There’s nothing quite like arriving at a major event on foot - the sense of anticipation growing with every step as the crowds get bigger and the venue gradually looming ever larger” says Simon Barnett, Head of Walking Programmes and Promotions at the Ramblers.
“Ticketholders will be able to take in experiences that would otherwise be missed on public transport” adds Simon. “There’s so much on offer from views of Windsor Castle from the Thames Path near Eton Dorney, through to the bustle of Broadway Market and Victoria Park en route from Kings Cross to the Olympic Park.”
London 2012 organisers are hoping 300,000 spectators will be able to walk or cycle their entire journey to Games venues in London with many more incorporating walking or cycling within their overall journey.
“This is not just about providing people with an alternative to public transport for Games time,” says David Stubbs, Head of Sustainability at LOCOG. “The long term aim is to change people’s mindsets, to show them how simple it can be and what a great alternative way to travel it is.”
More information on walking and cycling to the games and the London 2012 guided walks can be found on the London 2012 website, along with other travel advice.