Think you can’t cycle? Think again!
Wheels for Wellbeing is a charity run by and for disabled people who have discovered that cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit and mobile, build confidence and have fun. Cycling can be easier than walking, and a useful form of everyday transport.
Exercise is the life-changing ‘wonder drug of the 21st century’, but many people with impairments, long term injury or illness face barriers to taking part in any physical activity. It doesn’t occur to most that cycling could be for them.
Last year we helped more than a thousand people enjoy new skills, freedom, feel-good and independence regardless of disability, health condition or age.
- We run regular inclusive cycling sessions in South London for disabled children and adults to try our fleet of two, three and four wheeled cycles. You can find us on Mondays at the Herne Hill Velodrome, Tuesdays at Ladywell centre in Lewisham and Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at Croydon Arena.
- We co-ordinate a network of inclusive cycling projects across London via Cycling for All and we have helped set up inclusive cycling hubs elsewhere including in Enfield.
- We share our unique experience with other charities, businesses and local and national government to influence infrastructure and attitudes and help improve conditions to make everyday cycling journeys possible for all. Three quarters of our participants say they would like to cycle beyond our regular sessions, given suitable conditions.
- We lead the Inclusive Cycling Forum and advise on new cycle routes and design standards to ensure that they cater for all abilities and all cycles.
24/02/15 Isabelle Clement (WfW Director) and Baroness Tanni-Grey-Thompson (Paralympic gold medalist) being interviewed by Nikki Fox (Disability Correspondent, Breakfast News). Speaking about the English Federation of Disability Sport's new charter for change, and how sport can be made more accessible to people with [more]
Why I Cycle: Linda's story How did you first hear about WFW? I heard about this from a fellow "Get Fitter" at my chair based exercise class -she passed around some leaflets about cycling off road as an additional exercise that we might like to do. Three of us from the same class currently attend the cycling sessions at Herne Hill Velodrome each [more]
From Colombia with love I'm writing this from the mean streets of Medellin, Colombia where I moved in September after almost 4 years with WfW. Did you know that Colombians love their cycling too? They've got plenty of BMX and road racing champions to prove it. 'Paisas' (people from this part of Colombia) are no different and one of the many great [more]
Running for Wheels On Sunday 22nd February, along the sunny (and possibly breezy!) coastline of Brighton, 5 dedicated runners and fundraisers will be all geared up and participating in the Brighton Half Marathon; all in the name of Wheels for Wellbeing. Running might not be our most regular form of transport but this exciting and well run event has provided an excellent [more]
#ThisGirlCan Launched at the beginning of the year, Sport England's fun, attitude-filled #ThisGirlCan campaign goes from strength to strength. This Girl Can is a nationwide campaign to get women and girls moving, regardless of shape, size and ability. The latest update from Sport England is that it has connected with women right across the board. The response has been overwhelming not only locally, but globally too,and you have played a [more]
Mayor Confirms First "Quietways" To Open To Cyclists Early Next Year. Wheels for Wellbeing is appointed to the project team working to ensure these cycle routes are inclusive and accessible. Four leading transport, engineering and road safety organisations will be part of the team led by walking and cycling charity Sustrans to help deliver the first of Transport for London’s “Quietways”, giving cyclists a direct, [more]
Santa Ride Wheels for Wellbeing brought extra festive cheer to South London on Saturday 6th December, on their bikes. Not just any bikes…many Santas were on the charity’s adapted cycles that are ridden over 6000 times each year by local people of all ages and abilities. Click to see our Santa Ride Gallery The charity’s staff, volunteers and participants donned their [more]
New findings: disabled people cycle to work. Newly released data published by Dr Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport, from Westminster University reveals interesting facts about disabled people cycling to work. Wheels for Wellbeing funded the release of this data taken from the 2011 Census. This is the first time a request was made for this information to be made public. Dr Rachel [more]
Everybody Active, Every Day Public Health England (PHE) today published, Everybody Active, Every Day, a framework for national and local action to address the national physical inactivity epidemic, responsible for 1 in 6 deaths and costing the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year. Brixton based charity, Wheels for Wellbeing, were as active as ever, kicking off the launch of the national [more]
Sharing our vision with London's Cycling Commissioner Our director Isabelle Clement met Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Commissioner for London, on 14 August to share our vision of cycling in London: A city where everyone cycles in safety around London’s streets, from young children to elderly people, experienced cyclists or novices, people who are super fit or living with a health condition or [more]
Sainsbury’s in Herne Hill Supports Inclusive Cycling Sainsbury’s in Herne Hill has chosen Wheels for Wellbeing to be their Local Charity Partner for the year. Sainsbury’s Store Manager, Raj Mahendrarajah, invited Wheels for Wellbeing’s Director, Isabelle Clement to the store on Wednesday, 13th Aug 2014 to sign the joint agreement. Sainsbury’s’ Local Charity scheme, in Herne Hill, has been running for four [more]
We have up to 45 places available for the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on February 22 2015 - willing runners to lace up and run for our cause! Running for Wheels for Wellbeing will help us to continue our work in challenging the perceptions of disability, and providing a boost to the physical, emotional wellbeing and independence of those that are [more]