CYCLING GROUPS GET TfL GRANTS
Transport for London (TfL) has awarded 31 community groups and not-for-profit organisations with grants of up to £10,000 to help encourage more people to cycle, as part of Cycling Grants London (CGL).
CGL is a new programme funded by TfL and managed by the environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork, to offer funding to community groups for cycling projects.
Community groups from across London will use the funding to promote pedal power through initiatives such as cycle training, bike maintenance and guided rides, say TfL.
Some of the projects that have received up to £10,000 over three years are:
Wheels for Wellbeing, Lambeth – £10,000 to provide led rides for adults who are less likely to cycle
Beethoven Bikers, Westminster/Lambeth- £9,600 to deliver cycle training, bike mechanic sessions and a bike hire service to local residents on low incomes
Limehouse Women’s Cycling Project – £9,995 to train women from the Bengali community to help increase their confidence to cycle
Born to Ride, Lewisham – £9,786 to teach bike maintenance to young adults on bikes, which will be donated to a charity and allow participants to refurbish their own bikes as well as organise cycle trips on quiet routes
Brothers on Bikes, Redbridge/Newham – £4,908 to encourage Muslims and other minority groups to cycle for leisure, physical exercise and as an alternative to driving and using public transport
Somerville Safer Cycling Families, Lewisham – £10,000 to provide cycle training and bike maintenance for families to increase their confidence on the road
Somerford Grovers Community Bike Project, Haringey – £3,000 to offer led family bike rides, 12 bike maintenance and repair sessions for low income families and increase the number of bikes available to loan
ReSpoke – Gascoigne Cycle Centre, Barking & Dagenham – £2,924 for cycle repair and maintenance training for the local community
Build a Bike course, Westminster – £3,000 to deliver a three day bike repair course for homeless people to help attendees gain knowledge of bicycle maintenance. Course participants can keep the bikes they work on
Core Cycling, Hackney – £3,000 to promote cycling as an alternative to driving or using public transport and as a healthy activity, with sessions delivered in supported educational environments. Project also includes short trips to the road track in the Lea Valley Velopark
Women and Gender Variant Night/Events, Hackney – £3,000 to conduct free evening bike maintenance sessions and group bike rides in and out of London
More than 5,000 new recruits to cycling from across the Capital will benefit from the London Cycling Grants in the first year (2015/16). TfL is investing almost £1 billion in a programme of improvements to transform cycling in London as part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision. This includes new Cycle Superhighways, Quietways, Mini Hollands, the easy-to-use Santander Cycles and free or subsidised cycle training in all London boroughs. TfL also offers organisations without cycling facilities up to £10,000 worth of cycling products and services to help encourage employees to cycle to work.
More information on Cycling Grants London is available at cyclinggrants.london and for further information on TfL’s other cycling initiatives visit tfl.gov.uk/cycling (Source: TfL press release.)