2014 Community Cycling Fund for London grants awarded
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 10:25am 23 October 2014
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The Community Cycling Fund for London has awarded 16 grants to a broad range of community projects around London. The grants will be used to encourage cycling amongst infrequent or new cyclists – especially those traditionally under-represented in cycling such as women, children and young people, disabled people and other groups where cycling is limited by income, equipment, health, ability, skills or information.
The projects will use their grants to provide a variety of activities ranging from led rides and cycle training to drop in maintenance sessions and ‘build a bike’ courses. The awarded grants were divided in two categories: large grants of up to £5,000 and ‘top-up’ grants of up to £1,000 (for projects that had already received a CCFL grant).
One of the awarded projects in the large grants category is London BMX Outreach (Access Sport) which will offer taster BMX sessions through qualified cycling coaches to schools, pupil referral units, special schools, and youth centres in 13 boroughs. The sessions will be delivered in partnership with sustainable community clubs so that access to the sessions can be guaranteed after the taster sessions. Joe Mactague, project leader, said: “We’re delighted to receive this support from the Community Cycling Fund for London. BMX is a fantastic tool to get people into cycling and this support will allow our London BMX programme to deliver BMX taster sessions all across the capital that we otherwise would not have been able to offer. There are 15 community BMX clubs spread all across London waiting to receive new members. These sessions will help promote the opportunity available to all Londoners to get involved in BMX.”
Up skills on Wheels (A.P.P.L.E.), based in Acton, is one of the projects receiving a top-up grant. They will use their grant to build on the cycling activities they offered to young people at the youth club last year and which reached more than 100 young people in Acton. Joy Goddard, project manager said: "We’re over the moon at receiving a CCFL grant, we have started some significant work with young people in Acton around cycling, bike maintenance and bike skills; this award will support young mentors to share their skills and knowledge with others. Thank you!"
You can check the full list of projects that have been awarded a grant here. We will be reporting on other CCFL awarded projects and how they support local communities all around London to take up cycling over the next few months.