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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com)
All rides start at the Guardian Centre
Venue:At the rear of the Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road SW19 2DX
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 a social interaction, and most importantly, getting some exercise.
Metro Blind Sport have 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, to 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 activity 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 home 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 their support with 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 which 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.
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.
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.
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!
I thought it was brilliant, a bit short, we only went round 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.
If you are keen to come along then please let me know by emailing email@example.com. 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 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