Cycling – Events and support

Cycling – Events and support

Try before you bike

Try before you bike enables you to borrow a brand new, lightweight bike (plus accessories) for under £20 a month. They can also provide adapted and children’s bikes. You don’t need to worry about collecting it, as the bike will be delivered to you and there’s also advice available for those cycling for the first time.

Silver Cycling

Silver Cycling is a project working with older people in Lambeth to enable the young-at-heart to ride with a volunteer in their local parks on rickshaws and side-by-side bikes.

People remember the joy of cycling but don’t have the opportunity to ride any more so Silver Cycling enables older people to ride on a side-by-side bike with a trained volunteer to recapture that feeling and get cycling again.

It is a chance to explore the local area, parks and green spaces in a relaxed, fun way. The side-by-side bike and rickshaws will be stored at a local housing centre, so older people only have to pop out the door to get on a bike.

Following on from last year’s success, we will have further volunteer training sessions in April. If you are interested in joining the Silver Cycling team and being trained to take people out for a ride please contact cycling@lambeth.gov.uk.

Positive Spin

Lambeth Council has been working with Cycle Training UK on a ground-breaking project, Positive Spin, which helps people suffering from dementia to cycle.

Positive Spin sessions are free, fun and friendly cycle sessions for people with dementia and their families and/or carers. It enables people with dementia and their carers to cycle together and have fun. The sessions take place over a number of weeks in parks near a café.   All-ability bikes as well as standard bikes are provided. Cycling instructors are also on hand to help people try out new bikes and to take people on rides.

Following on from the success of last year, there are new Positive Spin dates in Lambeth.

The sessions will take place every Thursday from 16 March from 11am to 1pm for 12 weeks at the bandstand at Clapham Common, SW4 9DE.

Dr Bike

Our professional bike mechanics set up stations around Lambeth offering free cycle maintenance checks and advice. Dr Bike will look at your brakes, tyres, gears and the general road-worthiness of your bike.

Bring your bike for a free check up. The mechanics will fix what they can in the allotted time.

Find a Dr Bike session near you.

Bike markets

Our bike markets enable you to sell an old bike and/or buy a second-hand one.

They are often held in schools before they have a course of cycle training. This helps enable parents to buy quality second hand bikes in the right sizes for their children, so that they can complete the training. Watch our video of how Lambeth Bike Markets work in schools.

We also hold bike markets at special events such as at the Lambeth Country Show and on Car Free Day. Find out if there is a bike market happening soon.

If there is a Lambeth Bike Market near you – bring a bike you no longer use, it will be given a price and then a mechanic will look it over and ensure it is roadworthy before selling it on your behalf and giving you cash or a bank transfer. If you need a bike come and have a look at the range of quality, roadworthy second-hand bikes for sale at a great price.

Community projects

Lambeth works closely with community projects providers such as Pempeople and Cycle Training UK. We are always open to ideas of how to encourage more cycling from community groups.

Please email cycling@lambeth.gov.uk if you would like to make a proposal.

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