In a statement released later Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe added:
I was expressing a personal view as a non-cyclist and I would like to clarify my position.
There is no doubt that despite the growth of cycling in London, it has got safer and its cost effectiveness and health benefits make it an attractive option for many people.
Cycling is an important part of our city's transport system and the work the mayor and TFL have done to get people on their bikes as safely as possible is commendable.
More top news
A 15-year-old school boy has been stabbed 'five or six times' on his first day back at school in north London after the summer holidays.
Today's showers should clear overnight - and tomorrow will be more settled, but temperatures still feeling cool.
The pair have been poring over old maps and records in their bid to convince the council the warehouse should not be converted into flats.