Kingston upon Thames case studies – how cycle training meets council objectives

The Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames has used cycle training to help meet council objectives to:

  • get people to achieve wellbeing, independence and live healthy lives
  • create a safe and resilient community

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Objective – Help people achieve wellbeing, independence and live healthy lives
Case study 1 – Get Active – Kingston Exercise referral programme.

The Kingston Get Active exercise referral programme has successfully been helping those who live, work and study in Kingston to become more physically active since 2008.


As an extension to the current range of physical activity opportunities provided by the referral programme, teams from Kingston’s public health department and the Sustainable Transport Team joined forces to develop an innovative solution to support the wider active travel agenda to patients referred to the programme through a cycling for health project.  By utilising the expertise and resources from both teams, patients can feel confident that they are receiving the proper care and training by qualified and competent staff in a safe environment.


Many patients are either new to cycling or have not been on a bike for years and want to refresh their skills and renew their enjoyment of cycling.  The programme is free of charge for a duration of 12 weeks which include a number of fixed appointments with professional cycle coaches and qualified instructors from the referral scheme. To support sustainability, weekly group cycle rides are offered to enable further development of cycling skills and encourage the use of bikes as a mode of travel for routine daily journeys.


Since the project started in September 2016, 14 patients have successfully taken part in this pilot scheme.  Upon successful evaluation they hope the programme will be fully rolled out in September 2017.


Objective: A safe and resilient community where everyone is welcomed and which supports the most vulnerable

Case study 2 – Malden Manor Cycling Club – Sheephouse Way Estate

The Sustrans Local People project in Malden Manor is a 28 month community street design project which is delivered in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston. The Kingston Sustainable Transport Team provided 4 instructors to deliver the cycle skills training activities and led rides of the Malden Manor Cycling Club.


The Club has been funded by Cycle Grants London with the aim of supporting adults who are either complete beginners or have not ridden for a long time to learn to ride a bike with confidence. It started in April in a local school playground with 1-1 support from Kingston instructors and Sustrans officers, bikes to borrow and children’s activities alongside, to support parents to participate. We have worked with 14 adults and 9 children in total and the club has evolved to fortnightly led ride sessions in the local area to help new cyclists learn routes and build their confidence and fitness. Several of the participants have started going on rides independently with each other and most of them now have a bike and all the accessories they need to continue cycling.


Sustrans are using the TfL/GLA Healthy Street approach and indicators to frame the project as both an engagement tool and as a means of measuring the success of the project. This tool will enable the community to build a picture of what is required to realise a healthy neighbourhood at Sheephouse Way.

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Case study 3 – Aiming High

Aiming High Cycle training is funded by Achieving for Children (AfC, Kingston Children Services)) and offers short breaks activities to children with special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream education. The Kingston Sustainable Transport Team has successfully delivered this programme for the past 5 years.


This specialist training is offered in small group ratios to young people who are unable to learn how to ride a bike in a large group and therefore have difficulties to enrol on our standard Bikeability Level 1 and Level 2 courses. This is generally in the form of one-to-one sessions which allow them to progress at their own rate with reduced peer pressure. The ultimate goal is for them to achieve Bikeability Level 1 and possibly Level 2 and join the standard Bikeability programme. Kingston train 45 children each year.