A short history written by Jo Roach, founder of Pedal Power.
My daughter, a young woman in her thirties, is very good at riding a bike and she has a learning disability. Suzie lives independently and she could only cycle when she came to visit me. I looked around for a cycling club that Suzie could join but there was nothing suitable, so with help from Beverley Jenkins the Behaviour Specialist in Hackney and Caroline Argent from the London Sports Forum, we set up Pedal Power at the Eastway Cycle Track in 2004. Pedal Power was set up with money raised at the Christmas Tea Party that I have at my house and a donation of bikes from Waltham Forest and 6 bikes that we bought from Waltham Forest recycling Project. It quickly became apparent that cycling was great fun and people showed great determination in learning to ride. Cycling is one of the few activities that anyone can shine at, given the right bike.
When Eastway Cycle Track closed down to make way for the Olympics we moved to Finsbury Park where we have been since.
Take a look at this video about Pedal Power made by one our fantastic volunteers, Walter Stabb!