CCFL grants to support community cycling awarded last Friday
Twenty one £5,000 grants were awarded last Friday to a variety of organisations that aim to support communities to enjoy the many benefits that cycling brings. The standard of this year’s Community Cycling Fund for London funding round was set very high by the sixty two organisations that applied for a grant. The twenty one awarded projects will use their grant to make cycling an inclusive activity for all, including harder to reach groups, such as young people, women, refugees and all ability cyclists.
Wheely Tots (picture above, taken by Wheely Tots) were one of the organisations awarded with a grant. Wheely Tots, based in Hackney, works to support parents with small children and babies to cycle more regularly around London by hiring cargo bikes at affordable prices. They will use the grant to buy a second cargo bike and to offer cycle training tailored to those riding cargo bikes. WheelyTots offers parents an excellent opportunity to discover cycling as a viable mode of transport to carry their children around.
Another of the awarded organisations is Community Cycleworks. The organisation already works with young people in Walworth, Camberwell, Bermondsey and Peckham. They deliver bike mechanics courses for young people where they learn how to build a bike that they can keep. This facilitates their access to cycling. Community Cycleworks will use the CCFL grant to develop a programme of led rides for these young people allowing them to discover the pleasures of on-road and off-road cycling, boosting their health and their confidence on the road.
Matt Beale-Collins (picture above), co-founder, alongside Stewart Vanns, of Community Cycleworks said: ‘I am thrilled that our organisation was a awarded a grant. The rides are popular and help convert the bicycle from an accessory to a valuable form of transport to be cared for and well maintained. The CCFL funding will add sustainability to the work that we are already doing in these communities’.
For more information on the work developed by the organisations that CCFL has supported in the last ten years click here. If you are part of a community cycling project or are thinking about setting one up you can sign up to the community cycling e-newsletter here. You will receive updates relevant to community cycling, such as training and funding opportunities when they arise.