Mayor of London visits Local People in Malden Manor

10 August 2017

Residents involved with the Local People project in Kingston cycled together to meet with the Mayor of London at Kingston Council and talk about how their group is improving their wellbeing. 

Sadiq Khan visited the Malden Manor cycling club, which was set up after Sustrans collectively bid for additional funding from TFL, through Cycling Grants London.

The visit was part of a day of engagements for Mr Khan, who met various local projects.

Through the Local People project in Kingston, Sustrans are supporting residents to make changes to their neighbourhood that impact the community’s health and wellbeing through improvements for walking and cycling. During the cycling club, residents have been identifying opportunities to improve facilities for cyclists such as locations for more cycle parking in the borough.

The Local People project has been funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthFreedom through The Health Lottery.

Residents enjoyed meeting Mr Khan and telling them about the benefits of the project, which aims to help build people’s confidence and support them to make social connections within the community.

Sadiq Khan chats with participants of the Local People project in Kingston, supported by Sustrans. Image credit: Royal Borough of Kingston.

Maia Tarling-Hunter, Senior Project Officer at Sustrans, said: “It has been amazing to see close friendships being formed between residents as they learn to ride their bikes and to see them gain the confidence to run the community club themselves.”

David Jones, the Director of Grant Programmes, said: “It is great that the group had the chance to show off the incredible work they have been doing.

“Through the Local People programme, residents are having a say on the things that really matter to them, and are supported to take action, and implement the changes that improve their neighborhoods.

Mr Khan said: “I was delighted to see how the Local People project has been bringing the Kingston community together. It’s a great example of the wider benefits of cycling and exactly the type of project TFL’s Cycling Grants London scheme was set up to support.”


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