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.
11 community groups have received up to £2,500 in 2020 to deliver projects across Waltham Forest. Despite COVID-19, all of the projects have worked out a way to deliver their projects safely and successfully!
- Bikeworks have been running their inclusive All Ability cycling club in Higham Hill Park - https://www.bikeworks.org.uk/pages/events/default.aspx
- CarryMe Bikes C.I.C. have purchased a new cargo to use as the principle delivery bike for their lending library, while also running online masterclasses to help everyone bike with babies
- CREST Waltham Forest strode out daily to give carers the opportunity for a well-deserved stretch between October 7th - 16th
- Cycle Sisters organised a Cargo Bike try out day in St James Park in conjunction with the Council’s community bike hire scheme
- FECycle, a project of Fatimah Elizabeth Cates Academy have organised Dr. Bikes for Masjid Abu Bakr community (keep an eye out for details)
- Go Further Cycling purchased a new E- bike for their Epping Forest Adventures and are planning their next sessions
- Higham Hill Club / COG started running their Friday balance bike sessions for 3-5 years olds (running through November – https://twitter.com/cogcyclehh check them out!)
- The Hornbeam Centre’s Friday Hill Project has organised a Dr.Bike for the community while are progressing with their project
- Markhouse Connexions have kicked off one week themed rides and cycling activities in each month from September 2020 until March 2021
- Walk and Talk for Your Life delivered their project at the start of the year building social connections and reducing loneliness in older adults
- Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign and JoyRiders London are figuring out the best ways to deliver their project’s proposed rides
Stay tuned for more information on each of the successful projects from summer 2020 onwards.