Ride side by side Cycle Taxi

What is it?

The Side-by-Side is free ‘cycle taxi with a difference’. Great for addressing isolation and loneliness the service increases feelings of wellbeing and is designed with a focus on people with health conditions, people with restricted mobility such as older people or those with visual/sensory impairments.

The Cycle Taxi allows up to three passengers at a time to enjoy gentle exercise and fresh air in a social group –  all factors proven to be beneficial for physical and mental health- at the same time as carrying out practical journeys.

It can be used for leisure or utility trips (to the doctor or shops)- throw in a little boost from the electric battery and you have the perfect vehicle for tackling loneliness and isolation.

Read our Evaluation Report Summary about the impact of the service for service users.

“I really enjoyed the side by side…I made friends who I still keep in touch with”- Anil

Are you a community group  who would like to have the Side by Side Cycle Taxi service on a regular basis for your members?

How does it work?

  • The serice is completely free to use.
  • Book a 1.5hr slot on the cycle taxi in your area and be picked up from your location by one of our pilots.
  • The pilot will adjust the seat so you can get on/off easily and pedal comfortably-  pedalling is not compulsory- you can also just sit back, relax and let the pilot (and battery) do the work.
  • Make any number of stops within the 1.5 hours time slot: pick up or visit friends; go shopping or to a medical appointment; visit a nearby park or explore your local area.
  • For trips with more than 2 people it is possible to book 2 slots next to each other in order to make specifc journeys possible.
  • The pilot stays with you the whole way to welcome you on board navigate, help carrying shopping or just for chats!
  • Pilots are trained in riding and cycle mechanics; managing risk, are friendly and helpful and have up to date DBS checks and first aid certificates.
  • You are welcome to bring a companion with you on your trip to help you enjoy it more.

We are recruiting a Project Manager and Taxi ‘Pilots’ to deliver this project.

Where is it?

Ride-Side-By-Side Cycle Taxi journeys will shortly be available in locations across East and West London. Watch this space for information on how to book.

In East London we will cover the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham.

In West London we will cover Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham.

When is it?

Side-By-Side journeys take place during daylight hours only. Please get in touch at least one week in advance to book a 1.5 hour slot.