Tandem Cycling

Vision Impaired Tandem Cycling in London

Quick links: Cycling: Ride Side by Side |   Bikeworks  | British Cycling | Charlotte’s Tandems | Companion Cycling | Cycling with MSSC | Limited Edition Cycling  |  Pedal Power |  Olympic Velodrome | Wheels for Wellbeing | The Tandem Club

Tandem Cycling Video Below

Upcoming Cycling Events


Olympic Velodrome event info below

The Olympic Velodrome in Stratford runs two-hour para sessions for disabled cyclists on certain  Monday afternoons, please call to confirm before travel.

Dates:  Mon 27 June,  22 Aug,  12, 26 Sept  2022  Time: 2 pm

Book Online: https://tinyurl.com/CyclingVelodromeBook

£17.00   Address: Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3AB

Email: velopark@leevalleypark.org.uk |  Telephone: 03000 030 613

Website: https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/lee-valley-velopark

Cycling Guides

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!


Cycling: Ride Side-by-Side!

Photo of an Ride side by side ebike with a sighted masked pilot, and passenger with one free seat available, they are in a park with blue sky. At the back of the bike there is a banner with the text saying Visually Impared cyclists - Cycling Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks & Metro!
Hop on a Free Side-by-Side eBike Ride – * Booking Required *

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

Ride Side-by-Side is about getting blind and partially sighted people around the West London area by pedalling (or choosing not to pedal) on e-cycles making trips of their choice, solving their transport problems, interacting socially, and most importantly, getting some exercise.

Quick link: Cycling: Ride Side by Side

Metro Blind Sport has partnered with Bikeworks , to deliver Ride Side-by-Side to enable local blind and partially sighted residents in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the east of Ealing to make short trips, to keep appointments, visit the shops or make social visits on a Side-By-Side cycle, accompanied by a trained rider (pilot).

Thank you to the generosity of The Edward Gostling Foundation  this project is fully funded and is free to those who attend the cycling sessions.

Event details

Dates: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
There will be two-time slots available on each of the days!

The sessions will then occur every week after that for the foreseeable future.


  • Session 1 is from 9.30 am until 11 am.
  • Session 2 is from 11.30 am until 1 pm.

Location:  West London.

Meeting place:

Various, as it could be people’s homes. If you are a resident in Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the east of Ealing, then the Bikeworks pilot may come and collect you on the cycle from your home and drop you back again.

For those travelling to the area from other parts of London then the meeting place will be Latimer Road Tube Station.


To book and for more information, please contact Nikki Ray from Bikeworks Nikki.Ray@bikeworks.org.uk   –   or call  07833 757954


Bikeworks – East and west London

Bikeworks All Ability Cycling

Ride Side-by-Side with Bikeworks and Metro Blind Sport

We are delighted that we have teamed up with Bikeworks to deliver a new inclusive cycling project from early 2021.

 The project idea

This project is about getting blind and partially people around the areas of West London by pedalling (or choosing not to pedal) on Side-by-Side e-cycles, making trips of their choice, solving their transport problems, having social interaction, and most importantly, getting some exercise.

Metro Blind Sport has partnered with Bikeworks, to deliver the Ride Side-by-Side project to enable local blind and partially sighted residents within the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham and the east of Ealing to make short trips, to keep appointments, visit the shops or make social visits on a Side-By-Side cycle, accompanied by a trained rider (pilot).

It will enable the participants to not only improve physical fitness but equally, develop peer support and networks.

When will the project take place?

The project will initially run for two half days a week for 26 weeks. Days will be confirmed early in the New Year. On each day between 1-3 people will be taken out for 1.5-hour slots. Two slots will be available on each day potentially offering the service to up to 6 people a day and 12 people a week.

Up to three people can travel together (plus the Pilot) since the project cycles can be joined together to make a cycling bus. This means the service can be booked by a group of friends to get people to and from a specific event such as a lunch club, or simply to do activities together.

This is an active, healthy alternative to travel by private car, bus, or taxi. This shift in travel modes supports the expansion of cycling routes in and around London.

Who can take part?

The project will be promoted to Metro Blind Sport members, but we welcome blind and partially sighted non-members to take part as well. Although the project will be based in West London, members from all over London are welcome to come and have a go.

The cycle is based very near to Latimer Road tube station, on the Circle and Hammersmith and Fulham underground lines, making it an accessible meeting location.

How will I book?

People will be able to book a 1.5-hour slot by phone or online. The pilot will pick people up from their homes or meet them at their homes or at a mutually convenient place and take them on a trip of their choice. Booking details will be available early in the New Year.


We are extremely grateful to The Edward Gostling Foundation for its support of this project. Due to their funding we can offer this project without a charge to participants.

 Benefits to participants

Overall, our project will help those with visual impairments to;

  • Be active/healthy
  • Improve your mental health
  • Heighten your confidence
  • Increase your independence

This project will enable people who are blind and partially sighted to take part in an accessible activity that is proved to have many physical health benefits. Through this programme, we envisage that participants physical health and their physical mobility will be improved.

Bikeworks delivered a pilot in Hackney last year, offering an active travel mobility option to make short trips either for appointments, to visit the shops, to visit friends and family, or for leisure and exercise.


Mohammed (30):

I was pretty excited, I was not expecting this set-up, I’ve never seen this thing before. I was a little anxious, I wasn’t sure I would be able to pedal it and I didn’t know there was a motor, but when that became clear [that I didn’t have to pedal]

I was feeling much relaxed, it was very well organised and controlled throughout, I felt safe and will remember this experience for a long time, I was very happy.

Amira (74):

I felt very good, fresh, relaxed, comfortable and safe, activity is very important, it’s important to go out and socialise and this bike can help.

Mavis (79):

I enjoyed it, it lifted my spirits, I was feeling good, excited, I was ringing the bell and waving my hands and saying hello to everyone who passed by, and they smiled with me and I smiled with them, it was quite sociable. I didn’t want to get off the bike at the end. We’d like to have it more often, and we like the friendly chauffeur!

Jaz (55):

I thought it was brilliant, a bit short, we only went around the block, but it brought back memories of when I was able to ride a bike as a child, it felt liberating, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt tired but good, this is something I can do, it felt comfortable and safe, and good that somebody else was in control. 


COVID-19 restrictions have been considered for this project. Particularly with regards to social distancing.

Bikeworks has developed Covid-19 delivery guidance for all its inclusive cycling projects. Some key mitigation points include:

  • Pre-registration required for track and trace purposes
  • People will be asked about their health when booking the service and before riding to ascertain if they have any Covid 19 symptoms. Anyone displaying symptoms will not be allowed to ride
  • Side by Side cycles must be wiped down with sterilising spray at the start of the day and between each rider
  • Where the cycle with two units is used the rider will sit in the rear cycle and the pilot in the front. Two riders from the same household or bubble will sit next to each other in the rear unit
  • Where a single unit is used the rider will sit next to the Pilot. Both the pilot and rider will wear masks and protective shields. They will be offered gloves though this is not compulsory since the cycles will be sterilised between each rider
  • Use of trailer add-on for additional distancing

As a deliverer of regular sport and physical activity for blind and partially people, Metro Blind Sport would supplement any Bikeworks training to include methods of guiding blind and partially sighted people without touch.

Next steps?

If you are keen to come along then please let me know by emailing martin.symcox@metroblindsport.org. We will then register your interest and contact you early in the New Year with all the booking details and the days and times that the sessions are running.


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 from 1 pm until 3 pm. Alternate Saturdays between 1 pm and 3 pm. On Saturdays, there is an under 16s club between 12 pm and 1 pm.

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 11 am until 1 pm and alternate Saturdays 1 pm until 3 pm.

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 11 am until 1 pm, and alternate Saturday 11-1. We meet outside the Cycle Surgery at the Velodrome.
Meeting place – outside the Lee Valley VeloPark on Abercrombie Rd
E15 2EN
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).


 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.

British Cycling & HSBC UK – Tandem Track and Road Events at Lee Valley VeloPark

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

Tandem cycling with merton sports and social club
Merton sports and social club Upcoming Cycling events

All rides now  start at the Old Rutlishians’ Sports Ground. From now on, our cycle rides will start and finish from the car park of our new base at:-

Old Rutlishians’ Sports Ground, Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS.

Upcoming Rides

To book and for more info – Click the date you want below.

Download directions:  To Old Ruts from Morden Underground Station

MSSC’s tandems are now based at Old Rutlishians’ Sports Ground, Poplar Road, Merton Park SW19 3JS.

Which is approximately within fifteen minutes’ walk of Morden Underground Station, Morden Road and Merton Park tram stops, South Merton Railway Station and several bus routes including the K5, 80, 93, 118, 154, 157, 163, 164, 201, 293 and 470.

However, please let us know if you would like to be met at a station, bus or tram stop and shown the route to Old Ruts, at least for the first time you come to the new venue.

If you have any issues with the online form, please get in touch. Email: tandemmanagement@mssc.org.uk


Email: cycling@mssc.org.uk if interested

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


Vision Impaired Cycling & Tandem Cycling

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.

Companion Cycling

Companion Cycling

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.


Charlotte’s Tandems

Charlotte's Tandems Logo

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

VIst the website link below for detailed information. 

Website Link:  http://www.charlottestandems.co.uk/


 Pedal Power – North London

Pedal Power logo

Pedal Power offers cycling open to all disabled people in Finsbury Park.

WHAT? Pedal Power is a 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.

Sessions feature:

  • 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 info@pedalpowercc.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.

Website: http://www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/

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 10 am – 1 pm
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
Google maps

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
Google maps

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.

Train: Ladywell
Bus: 284, P4, 122
Car: Free parking on site (collect a free permit from reception)
Google maps

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: alex@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

Website: http://www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/

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: unique@limitededitioncycling.co.uk
Or ring Ollie on 07984 200566


The Tandem Club

The Tandem Club

The Tandem Club is recommended 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.



Website: https://tandem-club.org.uk

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 worldwide 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

FAQ on Tandem Cycling




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