Community Cycle Clubs welcome Brompton bikes to the fold

Brompton bikes ready for action at a community group in Lambeth, south London
Brompton bikes ready for action at a community group in Lambeth, south London
Brompton Bike Hire has donated folding bikes from its Wheels for Heroes campaign to Cycling UK community projects
  • Initial donation of 59 bikes will be used at 12 Community Cycle Clubs
  • Brompton Wheels for Heroes campaign raised £100,000 to fund 800 bikes for NHS staff
  • Surplus bikes are now being allocated to community projects and NHS trusts

Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, has received a donation of 59 folding bikes from the Brompton Wheels for Heroes campaign. The cycles will be used at 12 Community Cycle Clubs (CCCs) in locations including Manchester, Liverpool, London, Bradford, Essex and Norfolk.

Cycling UK supports more than 150 CCCs across the country, bringing companionship and the opportunity for exercise to people who might otherwise lack access to them.

Jenny Box, head of behaviour change and development in England for Cycling UK, commented: “This donation of folding bicycles is especially valuable because many of these community groups suffer from both a lack of bikes and a shortage of storage space. These Brompton cycles will allow our Community Cycle Clubs to engage with more local people, and give new cyclists the confidence to ride.”

Twelve of the Brompton bikes have gone to two community groups in the London Borough of Lambeth. One of these has been running cycling lessons for young people but has had a shortage of adult bikes. This donation will allow them to run lessons for parents and other adults once this is permitted under Covid-19 restrictions, increasing community engagement. The other group, a women’s-led initiative, will use the Bromptons to run fortnightly rides as soon as these are allowed. This club had very limited space to store regular bikes, so the fleet of folding cycles will allow many more people to join.

The bicycles have come from Brompton’s Wheels for Heroes campaign, which has so far supplied hundreds of bikes to NHS staff. Surplus bicycles are now being donated to other community projects as well as NHS Trusts.

Julian Scriven, managing director at Brompton Bike Hire, said: “The Wheels for Heroes initiative actually started out with a loan offer to one of our members at St Barts Hospital Trust. Two bikes turned into ten, ten into a hundred and before we knew it, we had over 3,000 NHS key workers registered with us to borrow a bike. Rather than disappoint these hard workers, we went on to build over 700 bikes specifically for this initiative. These bikes were funded by charitable donations from the public and the Places to Ride fund, and partially funded by Brompton Bicycle.

"From day one we have been committed that the story shouldn’t end with Covid-19. We will be using these bikes to create a change in people’s travel habits across the nation, and we are delighted that Cycling UK is partnering with us to use some of these bikes to encourage cycling in ‘low propensity to cycle groups’ across Britain.”

Press contact information

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Notes to editors

  1. Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, imagines a world where the streets are free of congestion and the air is clean to breathe, where parents encourage their children to cycle to school and everyone shares the exhilaration of being in the saddle. For more than 140 years, we’ve been making our streets safer, opening up new traffic free routes and inspiring more people to cycle more often. 
  2. Cycling UK’s winter fundraising appeal, Break the Cycle, highlights the importance of our community projects, including CCCs, in tackling social isolation.