Companion Cycling is a scheme which enables people who are unable to ride “solo” cycles for whatever reason, to enjoy the pleasure of cycling with a companion in the delightful and traffic free surroundings of Bushy Park, adjacent to Hampton Court in South West London.
Anyone, whatever their ability or mobility, can become a cyclist using one of our special cycles and with the aid of a “pilot” who might be a carer, a friend, a family member or one of our volunteers.
Some of our special cycles (from L to R – Twin Rider, Duet, Velo, Side-by-side, Plum, Twin Rider)
Our wide variety of special cycles are carefully selected to enable people to ride whatever their ability. We have something for everyone, ranging from side-by-side pedal cycles suited to those with limited mobility, sight or co-ordination, through to a wheelchair “rickshaw” suited to riders with severely impaired mobility. In addition we have a range of tricycles, many with added safety features, a special bike which allows a wheelchair to be loaded on a platform at the front and a wide range of conventional 2 wheeled bicycles of all sizes for accompanying riders. Our volunteers will help you to choose the cycle which is most suited to your needs, and will familiarise new riders and pilots with the cycles and the routes around the park. See the ‘Our Cycles‘ page to learn more about these bikes.
The scheme operates in Bushy Park out of “The Stockyard” Environmental Education Centre which is located off the A308 between Hampton Court and Hampton (see the location map to find us). We have a recommended route around the paths in the park which is mostly traffic-free and is over four miles long if you choose to do the whole route – see the map of the CC route.
Apart from Companion Cycling there are a number of other activities that take place around the Stockyard and in the Park itself. We also have a delightful quiet picnic area next to our office and bike sheds so you can combine a cycle ride with a picnic.