Connecting new or returning people to cycling with experienced riders.
Are you new to cycling or you haven’t cycled for a while and feeling nervous about riding on London’s roads?
Or are you a confident cyclist who would like to help another rider experience the joy and freedom of getting about cycling?
Cycle Buddies puts new riders in touch with experienced riders in their local area. Buddies can then meet up and ride together – to work, to the shops or just to the park for a bit of practice!
Coming out of lockdown we are seeing more people wanting to get cycle around. Londoners are returning to work or resuming local journeys, but trying to avoid public transport where possible. Cycling is a great alternative: it helps you stay healthy, physically and mentally; it doesn’t fuel air pollution and it doesn’t cause congestion. It also contributes to making our roads more people friendly.
Is this for me?
If you’re entirely new to cycling or if you are looking for cycle training then we’d recommend you contact Brent Council to find out about the free cycle training they provide. But if you want to build up your confidence and experience, then Cycle Buddies may be right for you. Perhaps you are uncertain about riding in traffic or what’s the best way to cycle around your local area or you want some practice time on the road.
An experienced cyclist can ride with you as you get used to your local streets, help you plan a longer journey finding the right route for you, and just give you moral support.
How do I get involved?
If you want to help out someone new or returning to cycling or if you are willing to spare some time to help out, follow the link to sign up – it’s free. We will match you with a rider in your local area and give you advice on how to meet up and ride together.
You can also download the leaflet below and share with friends and family or even at work with your colleagues.
Sylvia is the current Brent Cycling Campaign Coordinator. She is a Cricklewood resident and a cargobike mum of two.