Case study: Anthony Dawodu, Wheelio cycling group

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Wheelio is a Basing Hill Park-based cycling charity getting people of all ages healthy and socialising on two wheels. Founder Anthony Dawodu says it has created a thriving community.

“The idea for Wheelio came about three years ago [2016] when I was speaking to a lot of people in the area about what we could do to improve wellbeing. Families I spoke to said they wanted a safe place for their children to learn how to cycle. It just evolved from there. We started a small organisation, that became a charity. We got funding from TfL that helped us buy bikes and equipment.

“We created a free club. This is an area of low income; many don’t have the money to buy bikes or have the space to store them. When we started out, we were overwhelmed with support. Such a diverse range of people offered their help and their time. Our hope was that we would get 100 people cycling; last year [2018] we had more than 600!

“We most definitely have people of all backgrounds, of all nations, of all ages regularly taking part. Our youngest is three. We taught a Chinese lady in her 70s to ride. The club has become a hub, bringing everyone together. Families have taken ownership of the park, transforming its character. Older people are using it to relax, exercise and socialise. Regulars bring new friends along, and it continues to grow.

“We have plans to expand. One of our ideas is to create a big community bike ride, to get as many people possible pedalling out on the streets. That’s the beauty of cycling, it appeals to all. Everyone is free to cycle.”

For more information visit their website here.

Wheelio is a Basing Hill Park-based cycling charity getting people of all ages healthy and socialising on two wheels. Founder Anthony Dawodu says it has created a thriving community.

“The idea for Wheelio came about three years ago [2016] when I was speaking to a lot of people in the area about what we could do to improve wellbeing. Families I spoke to said they wanted a safe place for their children to learn how to cycle. It just evolved from there. We started a small organisation, that became a charity. We got funding from TfL that helped us buy bikes and equipment.

“We created a free club. This is an area of low income; many don’t have the money to buy bikes or have the space to store them. When we started out, we were overwhelmed with support. Such a diverse range of people offered their help and their time. Our hope was that we would get 100 people cycling; last year [2018] we had more than 600!

“We most definitely have people of all backgrounds, of all nations, of all ages regularly taking part. Our youngest is three. We taught a Chinese lady in her 70s to ride. The club has become a hub, bringing everyone together. Families have taken ownership of the park, transforming its character. Older people are using it to relax, exercise and socialise. Regulars bring new friends along, and it continues to grow.

“We have plans to expand. One of our ideas is to create a big community bike ride, to get as many people possible pedalling out on the streets. That’s the beauty of cycling, it appeals to all. Everyone is free to cycle.”

For more information visit their website here.