If you want build your experience and confidence cycling on London’s roads, we can pair you with a more experienced cyclist from your local area.
A Cycle Buddy can help you:
- find quiet local streets, where you can practice and build confidence
- find and try out new routes to work or your local shops
- feel safer and more comfortable cycling in traffic
- find a safe route for your child to cycle to school
Lewisham Cyclists will put you in touch with your buddy, so you can meet up and ride together. Your buddy will take charge of the route, so you can relax and enjoy the ride. They will plan around what you’re comfortable with, so you feel safe and supported throughout.
Get paired with a Cycle Buddy
To take part in the Cycle Buddies scheme you need to cycle at the equivalent of Bikeability Level 2. This means you should be able to:
- cycle on minor roads with moderate traffic
- understand signals, signs and road markings
- turn at simple junctions
If you need support to build your skills to this level you can get training from Lewisham Cyclists or Lewisham Council.
Cycle Buddy stories
Lewisham Cyclists has been running a buddy scheme for many years. We have received lots of positive feedback about people’s experiences:
Volunteer to be a Cycle Buddy
Would you like to help another rider experience the joy and freedom of getting about by bike?
Experienced cyclists can volunteer to become a Cycle Buddy, and help a new or returning cyclist build confidence and get comfortable with new routes.
To volunteer, please fill out the Lewisham Cycle Buddies online form.
You need to be a confident and experienced cyclist, cycling at the equivalent of Bikeability Level 3. This means you should be able to:
- plan journeys
- cycle on busy, multi-lane roads with speed limits above 30 mph
- pass queuing traffic and use junctions controlled by traffic lights