Discounted bike mechanic and cycle instructor training this July

We’re super excited to announce that we have a few discounted spots for bike mechanic and cycle instructor training. Both courses are nationally recognised qualifications and are a fantastic opportunity for enthusiasts and those considering employment in this field.

Cytech’s Home Mechanic course, ATG training

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July, Canonbury. £150 (normally £299)
This industry-recognised qualification is for bike enthusiasts who want to get a handle on basics bike mechanics. The two-day course will cover topics including headsets, bottom brackets, brakes, gear set-ups and more. No bike necessary.

National Cycle Instructor Training (Level 1)

Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd, Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th July, Castle Climbing Centre, N4 and the surrounding area, £150 (normally £500)
This four-day course will set you up to support others to cycle safely, covering teaching techniques, risk assessments, route planning and how to check bikes. You’ll need your own bike for this course.

For more info or to book, please contact [email protected]. Let us know which course(s) you’re interested in and whether you have any access requirements. While we can’t provide childcare, parents are welcome to bring a carer and their child. Breaks for breastfeeding can be accommodated.


Deputy Mayor visits Wheely Tots

We were delighted to welcome Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, to visit our Family Buddy Up project on 9 April to see how we are helping families of different backgrounds come together.

Click here to read the report on the GLA website.

If you’d like to get involved with the project, visit

Lordship Rec Tree Trail

If you’re planning to come to our Easter sessions in April, why not stay and explore more of Lordship Rec by taking the Tree Trail?

There are 6 trees to find and it should take between 30-60 minutes to see them all.

The trail was put together by members of Friends of Lordship Recreation Ground.

Click here to see the trail.


Wheely Tots signs up with Give As You Live

Wheely Tots is now registered with Give As You Live, an online fundraising platform where our supporters can raise funds for us when shopping online.  This costs you nothing as the buyer, the online store passes a percentage of your total purchase price in commission to Give As You Live and 50% of this is passed to Wheely Tots so you can support us just by shopping online.

You can find out more about how this works here.

To register with Give As You Live and support Wheely Tots, please sign up on our landing page.

Ride Events 11 May 2019

Where are the 2019 events ?

Saturday 11 May 11am to 4pm Abney Park Fayre – book here

Sunday 27 January at Wheely Tots Family Cycling Showroom 1-5pm and to let us know you’re coming book here

Find out about how you can cycle as a family in London…Toddlers upwards and pre natal advanced planners welcome!

Family Buddy Up Project – Theory of Change

There is loads of guidance and help on the internet about Theories of Change  (ToC) how to do them, why  they should be done etc etc.  The first ToC we ever did for our family buddy up project here are our tips

  1. Work with someone who has done one before or hire a consultant (we’re happy to help you here – just email us at [email protected])
  2. Really understand why the process to create the ToC is iterative  (it really needs to be to get a robust output it took us 4 versions to get to what you see below)
  3. The ToC is only as good as the people who contribute to it  – it really does need a good mix of people  – especially beneficiaries (more so than the “professionals”)
  4. It takes a lot of preparation and hard work – much more that you would initially think!


Pollution Sensor

One of our awesome families developed an open source pollution sensor that measures PM10 , 2.5 and NOx along with temperature, humidity and pressure and plots all this data on a map!

Why Do Wheely Tots like this?

Because families can

  • Build a sensor themselves (as a fun and slightly challenging activity!)
  • Use the sensor to identify hotspots
  • Borrow the sensor for a week to see if it influences the way that you travel about the place eg tube vs bus vs car vs bike vs walking….or which routes are less polluted than others….
This shows how pollution levels are relatively low on a breezy day heading into Covent Garden. A larger circle size indicates more pollution.

Would you like to get involved?

Drop us an email or volunteer to build or use a sensor. To give you an idea of the cost of making your own sensor its around £150 including postage for the bits and bobs you need.

Wheely Tots at the Lordship Rec model traffic area

Check out our video…..filmed at Lordship Recreation Ground in the model traffic area

and then have a look at how it all used to be….

Oh my goodness me – the principles are the same but the delivery style quite different!