Then there was London 2012, when Sir Bradley Wiggins was crowned king of the road after winning the gruelling time trial.
Now as Chris Froome follows his Tour de France win this year by leading the current Vuelta a Espana in Spain, it sometimes seems like Britain’s gone cycling mad.
In London, 670,000 journeys a day are now made by bicycle says Transport for London (TfL), which is equal to the number of daily journeys on the Tube’s Victoria Line.
Now TfL has plans for more cycle ways with London’s first Quietway – Q1 – opening last June between Waterloo and Greenwich.
The route passes through Deptford, where owners of new homes at Kent Wharf, near the River Thames, will have bicycle storage as well as communal gardens and open-plan interiors at apartments being built by Bellway (01689 886 400; bellway.co.uk).
These are on sale from £384,995 to £624,995 and are just minutes from Deptford High Street and a short cycle ride from historic Greenwich.
“There has definitely been an increased interest in cycling in the past few years, providing a fast and efficient way to commute and exercise,” says head of sales Emma Denton.
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the capital in south-west London’s Colliers Wood, Morris Court is a collection of 42 one, two and three-bedroom apartments close to the start of TfL’s Cycle Superhighway 7, an 8.5-mile safe cycling route to Southwark Bridge.
Flats cost from £410,000 and are available through shared ownership (0844 406 9800; lqpricedin.co.uk).
Lucy Chitty, sales and customer services director at L&Q says: “London’s cycle routes are creating faster and more direct journeys, making the city even more accessible than ever before.
“Cycle Superhighway 7 means residents can get from Colliers Wood to Kennington in just 30 minutes – offering an escape from early morning traffic and tube disruptions.”
However it’s not just in London where cycling to work is catching on fast.
Lynnette St Quintin, sales director for Barratt Southern Counties says: “The appetite that this country has seen for cycling over the past five years is at an all-time high and as a result we are seeing an increasing demand for households with both storage provision for bikes as well as access to the cycle network.
“Cycle paths are becoming increasingly important for home buyers, not only for leisure purposes but as an alternative commute to work.
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