TfL funded cycling projects boost numbers on LCC guided rides to Skyride


Cycling projects funded this year and in previous years by Transport for London's Community Cycling Fund for London turned out in force at London’s biggest cycling event.

From all corners of the city, the groups joined LCC’s guided and marshalled rides to the Mayor of London’s Skyride.

These cycling projects work to get beginners cycling and lapsed cyclists back on their bike. So for some of the recent cycling converts, this was the furthest they had ever cycled.

The Ealing Bike Hub and Family project and Bromley’s Cycle-a-mile club joined the Ealing and Bromley local cycling campaign respectively to make their way into Central London to take part.

David Eales of Ealing Bike Hub explains why escorted rides are so important:

'A number of families making use of the trailer and child seat loan were marshalled into London on a feeder ride to the main event. Many would not have considered cycling with their young children a year ago let alone cycle into central London.'

Many families and children took part including those from Oasis Children’s Venture and Clapham Park Project in Lambeth and Link School in Sutton. One young boy had never seen Buckingham Palace so he was ecstatic to have been able to get up so close.

But it was not just children who got to enjoy some of London’s top attractions, young people from KYBS cycling club in Westminster and adults from the Kingston Eco-Operative were also impressed with the route and the activities on offer.

It was great to see so many people from previously funded projects turn out for the event and to see that projects keep running successfully after the CCFfL funding has expired. LCC is looking forward to next year’s event already!