London Cycling Campaign helps take cycling to an older crowd in Camden and Westminster

On 7-8 April 2010, the Agewell project in Camden and Westminster boroughs will offer free bike checks, information about lessons and group rides, as well as refreshements, all in an effort encourage more cyclists over 50.

Founded by cycling instructor Gwen Cook, Agewell started in summer 2008 in Hammersmith & Fulham with the help of a London Cycling Campaign-administered grant from the Community Cycling Fund for London.

The project provides subsidised cycle training and group rides to new and returning people over 50, and participants can sign up for five lessons for a total of only £10.

The new groups in Camden and Westminster are being suppported by the local councils and money from the cycling industry's BikeHub development fund.

Cook said, "The councils are providing the instructors and the venues for the lessons and space for storage, Glastonbury House in Westminster and Castlehaven in Camden.

"It's really admirable these two boroughs have chosen to support this project, and they've supported it unreservedly. And well done to LCC, without whom it would never have happened."

Note for editors

  • Camden
    1–3pm, 7 April 2010
    Castlehaven
    The Community Centre
    21 Castlehaven Road
    London
    NW1 8RU
  • Westminster
    1–3pm, 8 April 2010
    Glastonbury House
    Abbots Manor Estate
    Warwick Way
    London
    SW1V 4NT