Vision Impaired Tandem Cycling in London
Tandem Cycling Video Below
Upcoming Cycling Events
- Tandem Cycling Guide – Word- Wheels for Wellbeing
- A Guide to Inclusive Cycling – PDF -Wheels for Wellbeing
- Tips for Tandem Cycling – Word – MSSC
- Tandem Rules of the Ride – Word- MSSC
Metro Cycling & Tandem Registration form
Download: Metro Cycling & Tandem Form – Word Form
Cycling is a great way to keep healthy and fit while having fun at the same time!
We have put this page together to help our Members and visitors, find the most local and regular Vision Impaired Tandem Cycling sessions, as easily as possible. The Quick links above take you to the available Tandem Cycling sessions in the London area right now!
Inclusive cycling gears up! Restarting on 12 Oct!
Inclusive cycling sessions on the David Weir Leisure Centre athletics track will resume on 12th October.
At first we will run on Mondays and Thursdays, 10 am – 12noon. We will re-introduce Wednesdays if demand is high enough. These sessions are for adults and those aged 14+.
New participants must complete a registration form.
Booking and Paying
If you are bringing a group of 4 or more please book ahead.
If you are an individual or bringing 3 people or less you do not need to book.
Please pay by EXACT cash – no change will be available. Or you can pay by card. We do not take prepayment. The fee is £5 per person (carers not charged).
We have put lots of measures in place to make sure you are safe and can have a fun time, enjoying getting some fresh air and exercise on our wonderful cycles!
HANDS: Please sanitise your hands on arrival
SPACE: 2m queuing will be in place. Please keep 5m (more than two lanes) from others when cycling. If it’s busy you may have to wait for turns on the bikes.
FACE: Masks are optional as it is outdoors. But we will ask you to wear one if you are able to if you need to be closer than 2m to a cycle instructor, eg for help to get on a bike.
Sharing: If you wish to share a bike with two seats, this must be with someone else from your household or support bubble.
Sanitising: We will sanitise all bike hand grips and saddles between users. Please follow instructions on where to leave bikes when dismounting – you will be shown what to do.
Helmets: We will not be able to lend cycle helmets. You do not have to wear a helmet. But if you want to you must bring your own helmet. Please let us know if this is a particular problem for you.
Covid-code of conduct: Please download our COVID code of conduct for all participants.
Track and Trace
Our volunteers on the registration desk will be checking we have your correct contact details, so please have your telephone number with you. This is important for track and trace.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com
If you are interested in Tandem Cycling
Wheels for Wellbeing – Herne Hill, Merton Sports and Social club – Colliers Wood and British Cycling- Velodrome have a stock of adapted and Tandem bikes.
Events link will be added when updated for 2020
If you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact lead coaches Russell Hampton & Dave Ryan.
Tandem Cycling with MSSC 2020
Tandem Cycling (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
All rides start at the Guardian Centre
Venue:At the rear of the Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road SW19 2DX
Email: email@example.com if interested
Merton Sports and Social Club for Visually Impaired People (MSSC) has been organising tandem cycle rides for over thirty years from its base in Colliers Wood. The club has a fleet of tandem bicycles and pairs up sighted front riders with visually impaired back riders for regular outings. The rides are short and long to various destinations, and always include a stop at a café or a pub. Whether it be along quiet country lanes or following the Wandle trail, the atmosphere is convivial and enjoyed by all. It’s a great way to have fun and keep fit. New members are always welcome, regardless of ability or experience.
MSSC runs regular ‘Have a Go” workshops for anyone who is keen to learn how to ride a tandem, either as a back rider (stoker) or a front rider (pilot). Stokers can try riding a tandem with an experienced cyclist and practise their pedalling technique, while pilots can learn the basics of handling a tandem and how to interact and communicate with visually impaired stokers.
Following the training, the short rides held every third Saturday of the month are ideal to start with. No more than 25 miles, and following quiet routes as much as possible, these rides are very social and relaxed. On the first Sunday of the month, we pedal off on the longer ride, venturing further afield, covering around 40 or so miles, equally rewarding but a little harder work. During the spring and summer, we have a weekly evening ride and also run cycling weekends with an overnight stay.
We need an idea of numbers, so please let us know if you plan to attend and if you would like sighted support from Colliers Wood Underground Station or a nearby bus stop. If you would like to give tandem riding a go, but cannot make the workshop on 25th January, please get in touch and we can arrange an alternative training session.
For more information about MSSC and all its activities, visit the website at www.mssc.org.uk.
YouTube Video of USA Vision Impaired Tandem Biking
Bikeworks – East and west London
At Bikeworks we are committed to creating a wide and diverse cycling community. At the heart of this are our All Ability Cycling Clubs which are designed to get people cycling whatever their level of confidence, experience or ability.
The clubs are designed to be truly inclusive and we have a range of adapted bikes including hand-cycles, adult tricycles, recumbents, tandems, car bikes and loads more.
We have three permanent clubs, but we are always looking for new funding, partners or locations so if you would like to discuss this further please get in touch.
Victoria Park (North East London)
Every Wednesday 1pm until 3pm. Alternate Saturdays between 1pm and 3pm. On Saturdays, there is an under 16s club between 12pm and 1pm.
Meeting place – Lock House Gate entrance, Parnell Road, E3 2JU
OverGround Station: Hackney Wick overground + 12 minute Walk
Bus: 276, 488 – Stop OD- Waterside Close
Little Wormwood Scrubs (West London)
Fridays 11am until 1pm and alternate Saturdays 1pm until 3pm.
Meeting place – The park entrance by Dalgarno Gardens, W10 6AD
Undersground: Latimer Road + 17 minute Walk
Bus: 202 – Stop H – Mitre Way Wormwood Scrubs
The Olympic Park (QEOP)
Tuesdays 11am until 1pm, and alternate Saturday 11-1. We meet outside the Cycle Surgery at the Velodrome.
Meeting place – outside the Lee Valley VeloPark on Abercrombie Rd
OverGround Station: Hackney Wick overground + 20 minute Walk
Bus: 308 – Stop X – Velopark
There is no charge to access the All Ability Club at the moment, it runs on a first come first served basis and attendees are able to take the bike out for a maximum of 20 minutes (though this can depend on how busy we are).
Companion Cycling is a project which enables people who are unable to ride “solo” to enjoy cycling with a companion in the lovely environment of Bushy Park.
Anyone, whatever their ability or mobility, can become a cyclist using a special cycle and with the aid of a “pilot” who might be a carer, a friend, a family member or a Companion Cycling volunteer.
Companion Cycling is situated in the Stockyard (adjacent to the Park Offices, off Hampton Court Road)
Companion Cycling is a registered charity.
For enquiries and advance bookings please leave a message on 07961 344 545.
What we do at Charlotte’s Tandems
We lend, at no cost (i.e. for free), tandems and tag-alongs to (and only to) people with disabilities or additional needs, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling.
What we don’t (and won’t) do
Website Link: http://www.charlottestandems.co.uk/
Pedal Power offers cycling open to all disabled people in Finsbury Park.
WHAT? Pedal Power is the cycling club for teenagers and adults with learning disabilities.
WHERE? Finsbury Park basketball courts. Visit our map to learn more.
WHEN? Alternate Saturdays, 12:00 – 4:00. Please see our calendar for more details.
COST: Absolutely FREE.
WHY? Because it’s fun!
There are tandems and many other types of bike.
Pedal Power is the cycling club for teenagers and adults with learning disabilities we meet on the Finsbury Park basketball courts fortnightly on Saturdays between 12:00 and 4:0pm
Please visit Pedal Powers Calendar for dates
Please wear suitable footwear. Helmets are necessary and provided for those who don’t have their own. Carers and support workers are encouraged to join in. Our trainers are qualified National Standards cycle trainers.
- Cycling for complete beginners on 2 wheels or trikes
- Games to improve cycling skills
- An opportunity to try for the Special Olympics
- Specialised bikes for a whole range of disability
- Off road location
CONTACT Pedal Power
If you have any queries please contact Club Coordinator Jo Roach firstname.lastname@example.org
Pedal Power Website : http://www.pedalpowercc.org/
Wheels For Wellbeing – South London
Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) is an award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling.
Cycling can be easier than walking, a way to keep independent, fit and healthy, a mobility aid, and a useful form of everyday transport. Inclusive cycling means EVERYONE can cycle regardless of age, health condition or impairment.
Metro would advise to always phone or email the Event contacts, to confirm that there have been no changes to the event time or date to avoid possible disappointment.
Croydon Sports Arena
Venue: Albert Road, South Norwood SE25 4QL
Call: 07806 334 770
Tuesdays 10am – 1pm
Fridays 11am – 1pm (great for group bookings)
Saturdays 10am – 12:30pm
Train: Norwood Junction. Elmers End. Arena (Tramlink 2)
Bus: 130, 196, 197, 312, 289, 367
Car: Free parking on site
Herne Hill Velodrome (outdoors)
104 Burbage Road, SE24 9HE
CALL: 07578 746 448
Mondays 11am – 1:30pm (10:30am-12:30pm school holidays
– ring contact to confirm)
We ride on the flat part of the track.
Train: Herne Hill or North Dulwich.
Bus: P4, P13, 3, 37, 68, 196, 201, 322, 468
Car: Free parking on site
Ladywell Day Centre, Sports Hall (indoors)
148 Dressington Avenue, Lewisham SE4 1JF
CALL: 0756 116 6949
Tuesdays 10:30am – 12:30pm (great for group bookings.)
If the weather is fine we also lead a ride through the park.
Bus: 284, P4, 122
Car: Free parking on site (collect a free permit from reception)
CONTACT Wheels For Wellbeing
Call: 020 7346 8482
336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA
or you can contact: Alex Ingram, Community Engagement Officer
Phone: 07717 725 120 or Email: email@example.com
Limited Edition Cycling- Greenwich
Unique is our all ability cycling project, for all riders, families and carers, regardless of their ability or need.
Date: Saturday’s Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Venue: Stationers Crown Woods Academy, Bexley Road, Eltham, SE9 2PT
£1 per rider per session with a parent/carer going free.
CONTACT Limited Edition Cycling
For more information or to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or ring Ollie on 07984 200566
The Tandem Club
The Tandem Club is recommend by Monica Smith, one of our Metro Trustees, so definitely worth checking out.
The Tandem Club have groups in London and you can ring their local groups and ask if there are any members willing to be front-riders. They have a for sale board and are also now doing audio versions of their journals.
The Tandem Club was formed in the UK in 1971 primarily to provide otherwise unobtainable spare parts and technical advice on how to maintain the older machines. This is still an important function but since then the Club has developed along with the increased interest in tandems, extending the range of services and benefits it offers to its members, and currently the Club has a world wide membership of over 5,000 members.
Throughout the UK over 40 Regional Officers organise Tandem Club activities on a local basis. They can be contacted to find out what is happening in their area or for advice on how to arrange activities.
Both within and outside the UK there are members who are willing to give advice to members touring in their country and to provide emergency assistance.
Many national events are organised by members throughout the year in the UK, and events are arranged from time to time, usually every year, in another European country. Details of these events are published in the Club’s bi-monthly Journal and are shown in Major TC Events and the What’s On Guide.
Tandem Club Main website: https://www.tandem-club.org.uk/
Other useful Tandem Cycling Links:
The Definitive Guide to Safer Cycling by Jonas Greene