Interestingly, the only structure from the 1948 London Olympic Games still being used for it's original purpose is London's only other velodrome, in Herne Hill, south of the river. Somewhat tatty with age these days (first built in 1891!) but much loved by the community that surrounds and uses it, the two facilities really are worlds apart.
The organising committee of the 2012 Games have set the ambitious target of 100% of spectators arriving at the Olympic Park by public transport, cycling or walking. There will be no provision for spectators to arrive or park at the site by private car, a move which I think is pretty bold and exciting for such a large project. Surrounded by canals and waterways the Olympic Park is easy to reach from Central London using a bike on traffic-free routes - the Greenway cycling track cuts across the south of the park close to the main stadium. It's currently being made wider, re-landscaped and improved with better signage and rest points along the way - it also offers a fantastic view of the Olympic Stadium as it's construction advances; they are currently putting it's roof into place, and a glimpse of architect Zaha Hadid's wave-like rood for the new aquatic centre. The Games organisers have promised that there will be provision for 1000s of cycling spectators within the park come 2012.
Here on the Greenway you will also find the 'View Tube' a community cafe and educational resource centre offering the best views of the construction site to visitors. Tower Hamlet's cycling initiative BikeWorks offer group cycle hire and tours from the building, which is made from recycled shipping containers.
I'm excited by all this because it's happening so close to where I live, and I've watched as the area has changed over the past few years. If you live in London and haven't been up to the Greenway to see the park already you should make the trip - it's a great cycling route along the Regents and Hertford Union Canal to the Lea Valley from central London and doesn't take long at all. What's more you'll get to see the construction 'in progress' of the venues where Chris Hoy will aim to claim gold, and where in less than a thousand days time the Olympic flame will be lit - it's not every day that happens in your own back yard is it?