Funding to help underrepresented groups to walk and cycle

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TfL is making more than £500,000 available for community and not-for-profit groups to encourage people to walk and cycle.

‘Walking and Cycling Grants London’ aims to address barriers to active travel among traditionally underrepresented groups – helping to make London a ‘more sustainable, inclusive and healthy city’.

Previously known as Cycling Grants London, the 2019 programme has been expanded to include walking projects for the first time. Funding has been doubled to more than £500,000 – with the number of grants available also doubling from 30 to 60. 

TfL hopes to award funding to at least one project in every London borough.

Each community project can apply for funding of up to £10,000 over three years through the programme. 

Current and previous initiatives include cycle training, guided rides and courses teaching basic cycle maintenance. TfL says possible future projects may include guided walks, which encourage people to get active.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that walking projects can now also benefit from our expanded grants, and I’m proud that we’ve doubled the funding available.

“By showing Londoners that walking and cycling are convenient, easy and fun ways to get around, we can improve their health and quality of life, as well as reducing toxic air pollution – improving our city for everyone.”

Miranda Leedham, head of customer marketing and behaviour change at TfL, said: “We’re pleased to be expanding this programme, which is targeting the barriers that can put people off getting active. 

“We’ve seen more than 120 projects benefit from our Cycle Grants funding over the years and are looking forward to seeing even more Londoners of all ages and backgrounds get active with our increased funding.”

Earlier this month the London Borough of Hounslow received the 2019 London Road Safety Award for its success in reaching out to people and groups underrepresented in cycling – including women, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, and disabled people.

Applications for Walking and Cycling Grants London are open until 16 September 2019. Click here to apply and view the different projects which are already running across London.

30 July 2019