Community Walking and Cycling Fund

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our community walking and cycling projects are currently on hold, but don't worry, we're still working closely with the community groups to make sure we'll be able to offer you a range of walking and cycling activities safely when the Government guidelines says we can.

As part of the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme, in 2019 Waltham Forest Council launched a £20,000 fund for local community projects that aim to encourage residents to be more active. After a successful round of projects which saw more residents walking and cycling across the borough, we're launched phase 2 of the Fund in early 2020.

The aim of the fund is to develop and support the work of community groups to reach more residents than the Council would ordinarily be able to, and to ensure as many people as possible enjoy the benefits of walking and cycling. Our new and existing projects look to to build stronger communities, promote sustainable transport options and support healthier lifestyles among our residents, alongside helping to tackle social isolation and loneliness.

Green hearts walking group

2020 projects

11 community groups have received up to £2,500 in 2020 to deliver projects across Waltham Forest.

These are;

  • Waltham Forest Rides for All: Led cycle rides around the borough which are accessible to all regardless of disability thanks to a range of adapted cycles.
  • Baby Biking: After a successful course last summer in Leytonstone, Baby Biking moves to Walthamstow to provide advice and equipment on how to carry your baby or toddler by cycle.
  • Carers Walking Group: Walks around the borough for unpaid carers with trained walk leaders and volunteers on hand to help build confidence. Different lengths and locations will be available.
  • COG BMX – Strider to BMX: Following the success of COG’s under 10’s BMX sessions launched last year, COG is launching new under 6 strider bike sessions - the perfect environment for children to try out cycling for the first time.
  • Markhouse Family Connexions: Monthly family rides around the borough, beginning and ending at Thomas Gamuel Park. Each ride will include a visit to an attraction in Waltham Forests where a family activity will be planned.
  • Motherload Screening & Cargo Bike Trials: Screening of Liz Canning’s documentary about how cargo bike can empower mothers, families, communities and advocacy networks in the face of isolation and disconnection of the digital age. A selection of cargo bikes will be available to try out on the day.
  • Family Cycling Fun Day: After last year’s award winning summer fun day, FECycle are planning an even bigger event this year with cycling activities available for the whole family to enjoy and get involved with.
  • Epping Forest E Bike Adventures 2: Combine the beauty of the Epping Forest trails with the technology of electric bikes to discover the enjoyment and health benefits of cycling. Individual and group sessions area available with E bikes for children and adults.
  • Friday Hill Bike Project: Helping residents of the Friday Hill housing estate improve their physical and mental wellbeing through cycling.
  • Waltham Forest Family Bike Club (Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign) & JoyRiders London Community Rides: New feeder rides led by Joyriders to connect Leyton residents with the extremely popular Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign monthly family and beginner rides.
  • Walk and Talk for Your Life: 10-week socialising and exercise programme. Each session begins with an hour of exercise followed by a group discussion on a health topic.

Stay tuned for more information on each of the successful projects from summer 2020 onwards.