Cycling in Sutton and Merton

Record attendance!

Record numbers have attended EcoLocal’s inclusive cycling sessions.  Over 400 people have taken part so far this Summer 2018, benefiting from fun sessions using accessible cycles at the David Weir Leisure Centre.  The cycling activity is held on the athletics track and cycle instructors are on hand to make sure everybody gets the best out [...]

Cub Scout Cycling Badge

Bring your cub scout group to the David Weir Leisure  Centre to get their cycling badge.

They’ll learn cycling skills, cycle maintenance including how to fix a puncture and about cycle safety.

Children should have their own cycles but we can provide a limited number.   Session lasts one hour for up to 16 children.

All you need to do back at Scout HQ is design a poster.  We’ll provide checklists to show that each child has achieved all the other criteria to get their cycling badge.

Please enquire for costs and availability here

Inclusive Cycling Sessions – Bicycle Maintenance Supporter

Are you good at maintaining and re-conditioning bicycles? Do you want to be able to help those in need? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you might want to be our next Bicycle Maintenance Supporter.

For more details and to apply for the role, click here

Cycling roadshows/taster sessions

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We can offer fun cycling taster sessions for your group or event around the London area.

We’ll bring a wide selection of our cycles out to your venue for you to try out at a time convenient for you with our fully qualified instructors.

“A huge thank you for tonight, it was fantastic…I would recommend your organisation to everybody” –  Caz, Club leader, Orpington and Bromley Gateway Club

To book or for more information:

cycling@ecolocal.org.uk or 020 8404 1522

Technical Projects & Maintenance Group Volunteer Platform

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This EcoLocal group meets twice a month at EcoLocal’s offices / workshop.

Since starting in late 2012, the activities of the group have ranged from dealing with more complex cycle maintenance issues, through to revamping old speakers for a PA system and helping to start build an insulated greenhouse made from old plastic bottles.

Pictured here is a photo showing a really ingenious repair for one of our hand cycles. The need for the repair came about because for some time we’d had difficulty finding a suitable replacement for the plastic chain ring guard that had broken off – and the cables were getting caught in the mechanism and needed a tidy up too. One member of the group, Chris, came up with the idea of making a new guard from an old saucepan – and what a brilliant job he’s done. The new guard is so much sturdier than the original plastic guard and it also provides a suitable location to mount a new bracket to control the movement of the cables, so that they don’t get caught up when rotating the handles. We’re so impressed!

The group has other plans / ideas, ranging from further bike projects, building a new housing for one of our mobile renewable energy units and, testing out approaches to growing food hydroponically (using organic fertiliser). We’re keen to find resources to help develop this ‘platform’ for community based sharing of technical and fixing skills.

If you would like to find out more about the group email Trevor for an informal chat.

Inclusive Cycling Sessions – Trackside Supporter

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All we ask that is you are enthusiastic, reliable, able to push/ride cycles and able to arrive at 9.15am as sessions need to start promptly. All abilities are welcome to help with this task.

For more details and to apply for the role, click here

Befriender/Peer Supporter at Inclusive Cycling Sessions

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We run inclusive cycling sessions at Sutton Arena. People come to cycle round the track to get a bit of outdoor exercise, get out of the house and meet other people.

We are looking for people to help make a welcoming environment at our cycling sessions. You will support our cycle instructors by giving a friendly welcome when people arrive, introducing them to the cycle instructors as necessary, spending time chatting to people, cycling around the track with people either on a bike or on our side-by-side cycles. Generally ensuring that people are happy, having a good time and getting what they want out of the sessions. You will be able to ask the cycle instructors to help people who need bikes adjusting or need help getting on to a bike.

For more details and to apply for the role, click here

Inclusive Cycling Sessions – Admin Assistant

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We are looking for a volunteer to join our friendly team to help to run the outdoor registration desk at our inclusive cycle sessions. This involves welcoming people and their carers as they arrive, taking the session fee, giving change and receipts, ticking the attendance sheet, giving registration forms to new users, adding up the session’s takings and filling in a tiny bit bit of paper work. If you like meeting and talking to different people and working outdoors please get in touch.

You would normally be helping with one of our existing volunteers, but once you are happy with the role be able to work without them, though there are always our staff there. Mondays would be the ideal day.

For more details and to apply for the role, click here

Summer Holidays Family Cycling Sessions

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Cycle Sessions for families with all abilities

12pm-1pm on all Wednesdays in Summer Holidays

July 25th

August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

 at the David Weir Leisure Centre

* We provide bikes and cycle helmets*

* Lots of fun *

* Disability access cycles*

* Develop cycling skills *

* Safe off-road environment *

No booking needed.

£4 per session per person.

Suitable for age 7 years+ (must be accompanied by an adult)

Ross – Participant

Ross

I feel comfortable here at the EcoLocal Cycling sessions. It’s nice to meet new people and everyone is friendly. I like cycling the two-wheel bikes around the track and I enjoy exercising outside. It gets my heart rate up! I also like helping to bring the bikes out and put them away. This is one of my regular activities as well as volunteering at a local day centre.