Youth cycling clubs in London
Young Southwark Cyclists is a club for under-18s based at Burgess Park Bike Track in Burgess Park, Southwark. Membership costs £5 for 1 year, and gets you access to their rides and events including barbecues, parties and races around the track with prizes, as well as maintenance evenings where you can get your bike fixed by an expert and learn how to fix it up yourself.
To find out more, drop by the bike track at 4.30 on Tuesdays to fill out a membership form - find it in Burgess Park opposite the junction of Albany Road and Portland Street. For more information, call 020 7525 1101.
Herne Hill Youth CC
Herne Hill Youth CC is a youth cycling club which runs off-road sessions in a car-free environment every Saturday from 11am to 1pm. For more information about the club, contact club secretary Bill Wright on 07930 397245 or fill in the form below.
Lewisham and Greenwich Young Cyclists
Lewisham and Greenwich Young Cyclists was formed by primary school teacher, Tom Crispin (pictured above), in July 2008.
Tom has been teaching kids in schools for a long time, and has a phenomenal record: 90-100% participation was normal when he was teaching Bikeability, before funding was cut in favour of cheaper, but less-effective methods.
Lewisham & Greenwich Young Cyclists currently organises rides with distances up to 40 miles, mostly along cycle paths and quiet roads. Sometimes a train is used for the return trip.
Membership for the club is just £5 per year, and rides generally cost an additional £2 each, all of which goes back into the club.
Advance notice is required for young people joining a ride so a sufficient number of adults can accompany the group (at least one for every six young people).
The club has a number of excellent bikes for young people to borrow free of charge, though club members are expected to give some of their time each year helping to clean and maintain the pool bikes.