Supporting all ability cycling has always been one of LCC’s aims.
As well as supporting projects such as Wheels for Wellbeing, LCC has edited the first ‘All Ability Cycling Guide for Greater London’ (we’re currently working on a new version of the guide).
Wheels for Wellbeing
Wheels for Wellbeing exists so that more people can share in the benefits of cycling regardless of any physical, mental or health barriers they may experience. Since 2007 it has supported thousands of people in South East London to enjoy cycling.
Last year the Community Cycling Fund for London helped the charity to offer more inclusive cycling opportunities and become a stronger fixture in new London boroughs. One of the funded projects has enabled Wheels for Wellbeing to establish regular sessions at Herne Hill Velodrome since September 2012, covering the first year’s location and storage costs. It’s brought inclusive cycling into a mainstream cycling hub, and enabled Wheels for Wellbeing to strengthen its links with the cycling world and recruit more volunteers. The charity is keen to attract more people with sensory disabilities to cycling, and in May it used the velodrome for a workshop performance by the Bicycle Ballet company involving non-sighted dancers and tandem cycles.
CCFL has also supported Wheels for Wellbeing’s ambition to set up a permanent inclusive cycling hub in Lewisham. The charity has been able to take a selection of its cycles into different community locations for people to try, including Ladywell Day Centre, Ladywell Fields, the Ackroyd Community Centre and Watergate School. “I’m doing something I never thought I could do again” said one of the participants which included people from all ages and a former Olympic swimmer from the 1948 Games. “It’s the nearest thing to flying”, said another one, showing the positive impact these cycling opportunities are having on participants’ wellbeing.
It is really inspiring to see how people that thought were not going to be able to cycle have been encouraged and supported to do so, making a real difference to the quality of their lives.