Wheely Tots is grateful to our funders for their support which allows us to deliver exciting activities.
Wheely Tots has received funding from Cycling Grants London since 2014 for a number of projects encouraging families to cycle in London. This funding has allowed us to expand our activities and engage with more families.
We have also met other brilliant projects to work with through the network.
We have contributed to the CGL blog to show the value of our volunteers.
Wheely Tots to attends community events to discuss, demonstrate and promote how parents can cycle safely with toddlers. The target group is families with young children under the age of 4. We typically attend events with cycle mechanics/instructors from our network who have experience working with families with young children. We attend events with a cargo bike containing toddler balance bikes and our aim is for toddlers to try these out while we have a conversation with parents. We also brought trailers, toddler bike seats and adult bikes in order to demonstrate the practical aspects of family cycling in London. We have taught basic bike maintenance to some attendees at these events.
We are in the third year of delivery for this project and have engaged with 238 families so far.
We surveyed attendees and found that:
- 100% enjoyed the session and felt they had learned something new
- 71% feel more confident about cycling, especially when they see what their children are capable of
- 59% think they will cycle more regularly and there was a delight to know that this was even a possibility as a family with a toddler as the assumption was often that children needed to be older to ride a bike
These events have become a mainstay for our local outreach activities and we are now asked to attend alongside other community events and initiatives. This in turn has led to other local opportunities and we hope some of these initiatives will come to fruition in 2019.
Case study on the CGL website.
We are in the second year of a 3 year project funded from October 2017 that involves a week-long series of parent & toddler cycling sessions each Easter school holiday. We run 5 sessions each day from Monday to Friday at Lordship Recreation Ground in Tottenham, North London.
The success of the project in Year 1 with around 150 families attending led to Wheely Tots launching weekly sessions at Lordship Recreation Ground on Friday mornings.
“I’m really glad I stopped by on the first day, my daughter’s made me bring them each day and look at them now – the oldest is pedalling and the youngest balancing really well” Saba, mum of 3 daughters
In Year 2 we were fortunate to have support from volunteers from Sage Foundation that attended to help our session leaders to manage the increased number of participants.
Case study on the CGL website.
We successfully applied for funding for 2 additional projects in 2018:
Awesome Families – offering specialist guidance and sessions in cycling and cycle safety to families based in Hackney, Haringey and Islington with members who have access needs. These might be physical or learning disabilities, mental health challenges, or any other barriers the family has. Sessions are planned according to the family’s needs and may include bike fitting, training in simple bike maintenance, inductions to specialist equipment or how to ride on the roads.
Family Fit – offering families based in Islington, Haringey and Hackney the chance to work with one of our friendly session leaders to discover how to choose the best bike for each family member. We cover the basics of how to check what bike size you need, what the correct riding position is and how to adjust a bike to ensure it fits the rider.
Family Buddy Up
Wheely Tots received funding in 2018 from the London Family Fund run by the Mayor’s Office to deliver the Family Buddy Up Project. The aim of the fund was to support activities to improve social networks, reduce isolation and bring children and families together.
The Family Buddy Up project paired families from different backgrounds together and gave them a slightly challenging activity to complete together. We worked in partnership with Haringey Play Association and Home-Start Haringey, Hackney and Waltham Forest to engage with over 100 families during a 6 month period.
Feedback from the families that took part shows that:
- 69% of attendees met people from different backgrounds
- 67% met new people and expanded their social group
- 54% of participants met people they felt they could go to if they needed help
- 45% found out more about local activities and services for families and young children
- 43% started using more local activities and services
We welcomed the Deputy Mayor to see the project in action in April 2019.
Community Grants Award: Cycling Ambassadors
Wheely Tots was awarded a Community Grant from Haringey 40:20 in 2019. We have recruited and trained Ambassadors to encourage Haringey residents to walk or cycle rather than make journeys by car.
Wheely Tots received funding from Sage Foundation in 2019 to pilot cycling activities with women and girls. Women are an underrepresented group in cycling; a Sustrans survey showed that while 43% of women own a bike, almost 8 out of 10 never cycle at all and only 4% cycle more than once a week.
We will recruit 3 local women to train as cycle instructors and 1 as a bike mechanic.
The majority of cycle trainers and mechanics are male and we hope to create a more inclusive activity by having female session leaders for these sessions as well as our wider activities.