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Ride Side-by-Side: Bikeworks and Metro!

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

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.

Cost

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.

Testimonials

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 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

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.

Have a happy Christmas and New Year. 

 

 

Ride Side-by-Side: Bikeworks & Metro Blind Sport

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

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.

Cost

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.

Testimonials

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 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

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.

Have a happy Christmas and New Year. 

 

 

New Cycling Session at Herne Hill Velodrome!

New cycling session at Herne Hill Velodrome with Wheels for Wellbeing!
Venue:
Herne Hill Velodrome with Wheels for Wellbeing! - *BOOKING REQUIRED*
Time:
10.00 am - 12,00 Noon
Phone:
020 7346 8482
Date:
16th October 2020
Cost:
Confirm with Contact


New cycling session at Herne Hill Velodrome with Wheels for Wellbeing!

we are pleased to announce that we are able to open another session at Herne Hill Velodrome. This will be held on Friday mornings, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, starting on 18th September 2020.  Booking Required

Please note that our sessions are no longer running as drop-ins, so booking is now essential. If you haven’t got a confirmed booking, you will not be able to cycle.
If you want to read more and learn how to book a space, please click here.

These new Friday sessions will be open to all ages and will welcome new participants as well as existing cyclists. For the time being, Monday sessions remain reserved for existing Wheels for Wellbeing participants only and Sunday “Kids on Wheels” sessions continue to be exclusively for Disabled children up to 18 years old and their families (new or existing).

Covid-secure

In line with guidance from the government, the same Covid-secure measures will be in place on Fridays as the measures we have introduced on Mondays and Sundays. We want to make sure that participants, carers and our staff members are safe during the sessions.

 

Inclusive cycling sessions

We run inclusive cycling sessions for disabled people and their families, carers or friends, from three bases in south London. Our qualified instructors, supported by fantastic volunteers, help participants try our cycles or get comfortable on the one that suits them, and offer ongoing support.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, booking a space at a specific time slot is required at all our sessions. Please note that we will not be accepting participants on a drop-in basis.

How to book a place at the session?

If you would like to book a place for yourself or your client/family member at any of our sessions, please send an email to bookings@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk providing answers to all the questions below:

  • Full name of the cyclist(s)
  • Full names of any supporter/family member attending with the cyclist(s) – please kindly limit the numbers of non-Disabled supporters who attend to a minimum, in order that we can provide places to a maximum of Disabled people.
  • Preferred date and time slot. Please note that we do not take bookings more than 2 weeks in advance.
  • What cycle you/your client would like to book and what cycle should be booked for a supporter/family member (this only applies for people that have attended our sessions before and know what cycle they like to use – on Fridays, our team will support new participants to find out which of our cycles works best for them during their first session).

In order to give us the time to organise our sessions and to send you a confirmation email or to let you know if we are fully booked, bookings close at:

  • 12:00 pm on Wednesday for that week’s Friday session
  • 12:00 pm on Friday for that week’s Kids on Wheels Sunday session
  • 12:00 pm on Friday for the following Monday’s session

If you email after the above deadline, we will only be able to book you for the following week’s session.

We will confirm each booking by sending you a confirmation email. Please bring your confirmation email with you to the session (either by printing it or having it on your phone). Please do not attend the session if you have not received the booking confirmation of your slot as you will not be allowed to cycle.

On your first visit

We are delighted to inform you that our new Friday sessions at Herne Hill Velodrome are open to new participants. To book a space, please email bookings@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

Before attending the session, you will be asked to complete our registration forms. At the session our experienced cycling instructors will help you find the cycle that suits you best.

Information for your first visit

Before attending your first session, please complete our online registration forms:

Covid-secure measures and new rules at our sessions

We have Covid-secure measures in place at all our sessions and have introduced new rules that follow government guidelines. We do everything to make sure that participants, carers and our staff members are safe during the sessions. Please read our rules before attending the session and follow instructions from our Inclusive Cycling Instructors, Volunteers, and Herne Hill Velodrome staff at all times.

Remember, if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 – cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell – please do not attend a session but ring 07578 746 448 to cancel your booking and book yourself a Covid-19 test.

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms or are told you have Covid-19 after taking a test within 7 days of attending a session, please tell NHS Test and Trace that you have attended our session and provide: info@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk as the “contact”. If you are well enough to do so, please also tell us immediately that you have developed symptoms / tested positive for Covid-19.

We look forward to seeing you at the Herne Hill Velodrome soon!

 

New Cycling Session at Herne Hill Velodrome!

New cycling session at Herne Hill Velodrome with Wheels for Wellbeing!

New cycling session at Herne Hill Velodrome with Wheels for Wellbeing!

we are pleased to announce that we are able to open another session at Herne Hill Velodrome. This will be held on Friday mornings, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, starting on 18th September 2020.  Booking Required

Please note that our sessions are no longer running as drop-ins, so booking is now essential. If you haven’t got a confirmed booking, you will not be able to cycle.
If you want to read more and learn how to book a space, please click here.

These new Friday sessions will be open to all ages and will welcome new participants as well as existing cyclists. For the time being, Monday sessions remain reserved for existing Wheels for Wellbeing participants only and Sunday “Kids on Wheels” sessions continue to be exclusively for Disabled children up to 18 years old and their families (new or existing).

Covid-secure

In line with guidance from the government, the same Covid-secure measures will be in place on Fridays as the measures we have introduced on Mondays and Sundays. We want to make sure that participants, carers and our staff members are safe during the sessions.

 

Inclusive cycling sessions

We run inclusive cycling sessions for disabled people and their families, carers or friends, from three bases in south London. Our qualified instructors, supported by fantastic volunteers, help participants try our cycles or get comfortable on the one that suits them, and offer ongoing support.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, booking a space at a specific time slot is required at all our sessions. Please note that we will not be accepting participants on a drop-in basis.

How to book a place at the session?

If you would like to book a place for yourself or your client/family member at any of our sessions, please send an email to bookings@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk providing answers to all the questions below:

  • Full name of the cyclist(s)
  • Full names of any supporter/family member attending with the cyclist(s) – please kindly limit the numbers of non-Disabled supporters who attend to a minimum, in order that we can provide places to a maximum of Disabled people.
  • Preferred date and time slot. Please note that we do not take bookings more than 2 weeks in advance.
  • What cycle you/your client would like to book and what cycle should be booked for a supporter/family member (this only applies for people that have attended our sessions before and know what cycle they like to use – on Fridays, our team will support new participants to find out which of our cycles works best for them during their first session).

In order to give us the time to organise our sessions and to send you a confirmation email or to let you know if we are fully booked, bookings close at:

  • 12:00 pm on Wednesday for that week’s Friday session
  • 12:00 pm on Friday for that week’s Kids on Wheels Sunday session
  • 12:00 pm on Friday for the following Monday’s session

If you email after the above deadline, we will only be able to book you for the following week’s session.

We will confirm each booking by sending you a confirmation email. Please bring your confirmation email with you to the session (either by printing it or having it on your phone). Please do not attend the session if you have not received the booking confirmation of your slot as you will not be allowed to cycle.

On your first visit

We are delighted to inform you that our new Friday sessions at Herne Hill Velodrome are open to new participants. To book a space, please email bookings@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk

Before attending the session, you will be asked to complete our registration forms. At the session our experienced cycling instructors will help you find the cycle that suits you best.

Information for your first visit

Before attending your first session, please complete our online registration forms:

Covid-secure measures and new rules at our sessions

We have Covid-secure measures in place at all our sessions and have introduced new rules that follow government guidelines. We do everything to make sure that participants, carers and our staff members are safe during the sessions. Please read our rules before attending the session and follow instructions from our Inclusive Cycling Instructors, Volunteers, and Herne Hill Velodrome staff at all times.

Remember, if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 – cough, temperature, loss of taste or smell – please do not attend a session but ring 07578 746 448 to cancel your booking and book yourself a Covid-19 test.

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms or are told you have Covid-19 after taking a test within 7 days of attending a session, please tell NHS Test and Trace that you have attended our session and provide: info@wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk as the “contact”. If you are well enough to do so, please also tell us immediately that you have developed symptoms / tested positive for Covid-19.

We look forward to seeing you at the Herne Hill Velodrome soon!

 

Inclusive cycling gears up! Restarting on 12 Oct!

Inclusive cycling re-start date 12 October 2020 - David Weir Leisure Centre

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

Booking

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.

Paying

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).

COVID-safe

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 cycling@ecolocal.org.uk