Transport for London (TfL) has awarded more than £400,000 of grants to 60 community and not-for-profit groups that encourage people to walk and cycle more.
The winning projects support a range of traditionally underrepresented groups such as people with physical disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, and children with Down’s Syndrome.
Walking and Cycling Grants London – a programme funded by TfL and administered by Groundwork London – aims to encourage more people to walk and cycle, addressing barriers that prevent people from getting active.
This is the first year that the grant has included walking projects, with 26 of the 60 projects focusing on walking.
Projects that have received funding this year include walks for bereaved and isolated people, community-led cycle rides and cycle maintenance training for young people.
Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “There are so many benefits to walking and cycling from keeping fit to improving wellbeing and we want everyone in London to experience these benefits regardless of their age, ethnicity or physical or mental health.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the results of these inspirational projects, which are bound to encourage even more Londoners from diverse backgrounds to travel more actively around the capital.”