Single Homeless Project (SHP) has been awarded funding from Transport for London (TfL) to help make cycling more accessible for homeless and vulnerable Londoners.

The Breaking the Cycle project will engage more than 120 people in cycling-related activities each year until 2021.

A range of structured activities will be offered, including organised bike rides, regular training sessions and monthly cycling trips. The scheme will also support beginner cyclists with taster sessions and learning-to-ride training focusing on safe cycling, as well as repair and maintenance workshops.

The funding will further enhance SHP’s fast-developing Sports and Health programme, which supports Londoners who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to tap into the transformative power of sport and physical activity, in order to prolong their lives, improve their mental health and reduce isolation.

Eloise Moller, SHP’s Sports & Health Manager, said “Our Sports and Health programme is already showing that participating in regular physical activity can have a real and lasting impact on our clients’ mental and physical wellbeing.

“The people we support face multiple barriers to all sports, including cycling – these include the financial cost of a bike and the knowledge and confidence to ride, so we’re delighted to be able to use this funding to unlock cycling as a new sport for them.”

The funding was awarded through TFL’s Cycling Grant London scheme, which aims to encourage Londoners of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to take up cycling by making it easier, more appealing and accessible to all.

Since 2015, they have funded over 120 community projects to help under-represented groups take up the activity.

The grants also support the Mayor’s Strategy to make London a greener and healthier city – with walking, cycling and/or taking public transport targeted to be 80 per cent of all journeys taken in the capital by 2041.

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “We want Londoners of all ages and backgrounds to take up cycling and enjoy the huge benefits. These grants directly support local groups to run brilliant projects in their communities, encouraging many more people on to two wheels - improving their health and quality of life, as well the city’s environment.”

To support our Breaking The Cycle programme, we’re looking for bicycles (old or new) – and cycling equipment such as locks, helmets and reflective wear. If you wish to make a donation, please contact [email protected].