FreeCycle - Thousands of children and adults take to London's streets by bike
London Cycling Campaign had a great day at the 5th Prudential RideLondon Freecycle (it was also the 10th anniversary of the LCC inspired ride) with our amazing volunteers taking 35 group rides from all over the capital into the closed road route. It’s a fantastic day where families can enjoy riding through central London without the worry of mixing with motor traffic.
LCC were on hand in Green Park and Leadenhall Market providing cycle advice and badge making for kids. Plus helping out with the marshalling of riders at Waterloo Bridge to keep them safe when returning back into live motor traffic.
A big shout out to our Ealing local group who had the biggest ride with 127 participants and to our groups from Hillingdon and the joint Havering-Barking and Dagenham led ride who did the longest rides in, covering 16 miles each way. After leading participants to the course, ride marshals gathered at the Green Park rest and refreshment tent before setting off to lead particpants safely home again.
As well as the LLC local group led rides there were also community rides into the event by Poplar HARCA (Housing and Regeneration Community Association), Wheels for Wellbeing, Crystal Palace Transition Town and Camden's Community Cycling Project. Wheels for Wellbeing supports disabled people and older people to discover cycling by delivering cycling sessions and campaigning for more inclusive cycling. Emma Budgen, the WfW ride leader, said: "We had a great time at FreeCycle. We turned a few heads on our bicycles, tricycles, handcycles and recumbents. It really does show that anyone can cycle!”
About 50 people, many of whom had learnt to ride a bike through the Camden Community Cycle project rode into FreeCycle, many on bikes which had been donated by Camden residents.
Most importantly, thousands of people who don't normally cycle experienced the fun and freedom of cycling in London, hopefully inspiring them to get on their bikes again and again.