Frequent glimpses of water are part of the attraction of a stroll or bike ride round Docklands and LDDC has tried to secure round-the-clock public access to the waterside. In all, some 70km of cycle routes have been provided, safely opening up virtually the whole of the Docklands area to cyclists. Just over half the routes are off-street, many of them by the dockside or river.
The landscape that LDDC inherited was scarcely attractive to foot and bike travellers, with the barriers of derelict sites, water and railways. In the corporations early days, cycling had a fairly low priority, reflecting its status in London at the time and the difficulty of achieving agreements with local highway authorities. But creation of a core network of cycle routes has been a high priority since the late 1980s. This has included a 9km east-west route paralleling the highways that link the Isle of Dogs with the City and the Royals. Today, Docklands is reckoned to be one of the most cycle-friendly parts of London.
At the same time an ambitious programme of footbridge construction has made cycling and walking around Docklands even more of an experience, as well as boosting the areas image.