Transport for London (TfL) is inviting community and not-for-profit groups across the Capital to apply for grants to get their communities cycling.
In a press release issued yesterday (31 July), TfL revealed it is making up to £300,000 available to help 30 organisations offer a range of cycling initiatives aimed at people who may not otherwise ride a bike.
Initiatives could include cycle training, hire bikes, guided rides and courses to teach basic cycle maintenance, with projects receiving up to £10,000 over a three year period.
To encourage an even wider range of people to take up cycling, an additional £3,000 grant is currently available to buy electric bikes.
Ben Plowden, TfL’s Director of Surface Strategy and Planning, said: “Applications are welcome from all charities and not-for- profit community groups, and new for this year we will be considering grant applications for the use of electric bikes to encourage even more Londoners to cycle.”
Over the last two years TfL’s Cycling Grants London programme has helped 46 community groups encourage more than 12,000 people to cycle.
One recent participant from the London Bike Kitchen group in Hackney said she learnt how to fix her bike and is no longer embarrassed to ask questions about cycling.
Another 53-year-old participant with no cycling experience now feels liberated to ride the bikes that have been in her shed for more than 12 years, after attending the Wise Women on Wheels training sessions in Tottenham.
Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “It is really inspiring to hear so many amazing stories about Londoners who have taken up cycling after benefitting from the Cycling Grants London scheme. I am keen to see as many Londoners as possible take up cycling and hope that these grants can once again help inspire a diverse range of communities.”
Applications close on 18 September. Click here for more information about TfL’s cycling initiatives.
01 August 2017