Cycling groups to benefit from increased funding from TfL
Community cycling projects boosted to encourage more people to cycle in 2017
AVRUPA/LONDON-Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a total of £190,000 to 46 community cycling projects to encourage London’s diverse communities to cycle more safely more often, as part of its Cycling Grants London programme. The programme is funded by TfL and managed by the environmental regeneration charity Groundwork London. Community groups from 23 London boroughs have been awarded funding for a range of initiatives including cycle skills sessions, guided rides and courses to teach basic cycle maintenance skills.
Since 2003, TfL has funded over 400 community based cycling activities to help build the confidence of a wide range of infrequent or new cyclists, including through all-women groups and young people’s clubs.
Ben Plowden, TfL’s Director of Surface Strategy and Planning, said: “Cycling leads to a healthier lifestyle, a cleaner environment and is a great way to get around the city. We want more people across London to discover the benefits of cycling, and we hope that through this funding we can reach people who haven’t considered getting on a bike before and offer them support to get started."
Working with Groundwork London, TfL ensures that grants are available to community groups and charities for cycling activities that are tailored to local communities.
Lindy Kelly, Executive Director of Groundwork London, said: “Cycling is a great way to get around – whether that’s to the shops, to school or work, or just for pleasure. Not only does it keep us fit, it can also help us to feel healthier, happier and more relaxed – and cycling as part of a group is a great way to make new friends too. Groundwork London is thrilled to be able to support to 30 new community cycling projects across the Capital this year, as well as continuing to work closely with those who are already benefitting from the Cycling Grants London scheme.”
30 of the projects that will receive new funding of up to £10,000 over three years include:
London Bike Kitchen, Hackney - £9,992 to purchase equipment so they can run maintenance and care workshops for disadvantaged Londoners.
Bikeworks Commuter Train, Tower Hamlets - £9,744 to set up a number of 'Commuter Bike Trains' from Tower Hamlets and Newham into central London. Trained ride leaders will escort new or infrequent cyclists along suitable cycle commuter routes. The ride leaders will stop at pre-arranged locations such as bike hire stations to enable participants join the commuter group easily.
Muslim Charity Cycling Club, Newham & Tower Hamlets - £10,000 to provide sessions on cycle confidence, maintenance, road safety and led rides taking into account cultural backgrounds and using a range of community languages.
Addaction, Barking & Dagenham - £9,293 to provide cycle confidence and maintenance session, led rides and informative talks. Committed participants can progress to receive their own bike through the scheme. It is also intended for some participants to be given charity places in the London to Brighton bike ride.
CarryMe bikes London-wide- £9,625 to provide the opportunity for participants to try different equipment and cycles before deciding to buy the equipment for themselves or their family.
16 projects that started in 2015 will receive up to a further £3,000 to progress activities including:
Misgav, London-wide - to progress a three year project for weekly cycling sessions using a range of adapted bikes for women with physical and learning disabilities, many of whom have never cycled before and have developed further health problems as a result of their conditions.
Access Sport, Southwark - to help increase the number of female riders on BMX bikes particularly in the Burgess Park area through female-only sessions.
Somerville Youth and Play Provision, Lewisham - to continue to provide a range of cycle training to service users who had been bringing in bikes in poor states of repair or which were no longer useable and asking for advice on how to fix them and ride them. Activities include maintenance and training workshops, build a bike sessions, cycle confidence, cycle safety and led rides.
Wheels for Wellbeing, London-wide - to continue to facilitate cycling opportunities for those with visual impairments. Sighted tandem pilots were trained through a number of engagement events in parks and through led rides and secured cycling sessions at the Lee Valley Velopark.
Oasis children’s Venture, Lambeth - to continue to run cycle maintenance sessions and providing skills to disabled and non-disabled children to help them overcome barriers to cycling using traditional and adapted ability bikes. Participants are taken on led rides to a variety of locations within in London.
TfL also funds free Cycle Skills sessions in all London boroughs and offers organisations without cycling facilities up to £10,000 worth of cycling products and services to help encourage employees cycle to work through Cycling Workplaces.
For more information about TfL’s cycling initiatives visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling