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
Extra armed police will guard major sporting events in London this weekend after the military was drafted in to protect key locations.
Damon Smith, 20, has been jailed at the Old Bailey for 15 years for planting a home-made bomb on a busy Tube train.
The South East has been basking in sunshine and clear skies for the last few days but it won't last.