What is it?
Ride Side-by-Side is an alternative free journey service. It’s like a pedal-powered Dial-a-Ride for up to three passengers at a time. Participants will be picked up from their location by one of our cycle pilots using an electric-assist Side-by-Side cycle.
The service is aimed at older people, people who have mobility problems or visual impairments; or those facing social isolation. Ride Side-by-Side tackles loneliness and isolation giving users a chance to enjoy some gentle exercise and fresh air supporting proven benefits for both physical and mental health.
Participants are picked up from their location of choice by one of our cycle pilots using an electric-assist Side-by-Side cycle. Pedalling is not compulsory but highly recommended, you are equally welcome to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. You can take any number of journeys within your 1.5 hours time slot. This could be going shopping, visiting a friend, going to a park or exploring your local area whilst getting some gentle exercise. Our friendly and sociable cycle pilots are there to help, whether carrying shopping or helping you to get on and off the cycle. They are trained in cycling and cycle mechanics, managing risk, working with older people and all have up to date DBS checks.
“When I’m out on the cycle I feel exhilarated and more independent. I thought I would never be able to cycle but I can” – Nina
Where is it?
Ride-Side-By-Side journeys are currently taking place in east London in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham and in west London in the boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham. Please look at the maps below for the exact areas covered. You can be collected from your doorstep and taken to a particular location, or a leisurely ride around your local area. We can organise rides for individuals, small groups or one off events within the below areas.
When is it?
Ride-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. We will try to accommodate your preference of date and time as much as possible.