Community Walking and Cycling Fund

As part of the Enjoy Waltham Forest programme in 2019 Waltham Forest Council launched a £20,000 fund for local community projects that aim to encouraging residents to be more active.

The aim of the fund is to develop and support the work of community groups to reach more residents than the council would ordinarily be able to, and to ensure as many people as possible enjoy the benefits of walking and cycling. These projects are expected to build stronger communities, promote sustainable transport options and support healthier lifestyles among our residents.

It is also hoped that the projects will help to tackle social isolation and loneliness.

After receiving several applications in March 2019 ten community groups were awarded funding from the first round of the pot. They will be delivering their projects throughout the spring and summer.

2019 projects:

A woman and a young child on a bike seat

A family trying out Baby Biking equipment

Baby Biking: Find out how to take young children on your bike in a fun and safe way at friendly workshops on the third Friday of every month at Epicentre in Leytonstone, from 9.30am-11.30am. Then from 11.30am to 1pm borrow equipment such as child seats or trailers to try out for free for a month.

To find out about the next workshop email

COG BMX for all: Junior BMX club for 6-10 year olds running Saturdays 3-5pm at Cheney Row Track. First session starts Saturday 25 May.

For more information visit:

Epping Forest E Bike Adventures: Combining electric bikes with the beauty of the Epping Forest trails is the perfect way to discover the enjoyment and health benefits of cycling. These led rides take place every Thursday and include free cycle training.

To register visit:

Green Hearts: Join the free, friendly weekly walks around the playing field at Douglas Eyre Sports Centre every Friday and Saturday at 10am. These sessions are open to all ages and start on Friday 7 June.

For more information visit

A group of men lined up by their bikesSalaam Peace Bike and Gym: Sunday morning youth project begins with a cycle ride from Low Hall Depot to the CopperBox Gym for a fitness session, and return bike ride. The rides start at 11.30am.

For more information and to sign up visit

Markhouse Walk and Ride about: Local walks and rides run by the Queens Boundary Community, introducing residents to each other and the area. Each walk has a different theme and an expert guide will pass on their knowledge to participants. The next event will take place on Saturday 8 June starting from Thomas Gamuel Park.

For more information visit

StowSteppers aims to get Walthamstow residents moving by increasing physical activity through a friendly local competition.

Join in by downloading the free Movespring app and entering the code ‘STOWSTEPPERS’

Waltham Forest Thamil Sangam are organising walking and cycling events for the Tamil community throughout June and July. Find out more on their Facebook group.

Walk and Talk for Your Life: Join this group socialising and exercise programme in Walthamstow designed for older people as part of an academic study with Middlesex University.

To sign up for the twice weekly walks email

Weekend Guided Cycle Rides: Join fortnightly women and men-only cycle rides led by two Muslim cycling groups (Cycle Sisters and FECycle). The rides start in Leyton and Walthamstow from Saturday 15 June.

Email for more information.