London’s coolest chain gang?

A Kings Cross resident and dad, together with dads from Primrose Hill, Kentish Town and Bloomsbury has started what might become one of London’s coolest chain gangs, fitted not only with a tool-set as much as with nappy bags and school books.

20131010_101543_5The group by the name of Cicleparents functions like any other ordinary cycle club, but with the subtle difference that all members are mums and dads from Islington and Camden.   There are also activities for young children and family meetups as far as Brighton planned for this year (one parent cycles there the rest of the family takes the train).

“We all experienced the Sure Start Groups in the past, so we learned how valuable regular interaction between parents are.  You’d exchange deliberations on anything relating to children and hear about challenges of other parents,” says one of the cycling dad’s.   He adds: “But here we all get fit in the process – we all gained a few pounds or more, when we became parents – and we do this at times the kids are either still sleeping or when the other parent or carer can look after them.”

Cicleparents meet for regular spins in Regents Park as early as 05:45, which means cars are still off the road there, but also already took the little ones for fun rounds around the Kings Cross Granary Square on the odd afternoon.

They are open to mums and dads from Camden and Islington and beyond.

Whilst they say a good road or touring bike is highly recommended, if you wish to take part in all activities, they do have a slower bi-monthly day that suits most types of bikes and riders.

This is about more than just me, says another parent.  “I passionately believe in cycling as the future for London,” says one mum, who has only recently bought a hand built Condor road bike through the London cycle schema.

Cicleparents webpage


Regular Meeting: Every Tuesday, 05.40 Gloucester Gate, Regents Park.  Simple “just turn-up” policy. A 05.30 pre-meet at Kings Cross can be arranged for newbies and those less confident cycling in the dark.

About Daniel Zylbersztajn

Daniel Zylbersztajn, is since 2012 correspondent to the German independent left of centre daily newspaper taz, die Tageszeitung and Jüdische Allgemeine, and a Pilates Teacher. Born in Germany but also raised in Holland and Israel, he is a long term resident of London Kings Cross (first in 1991), involved parent, local and social activist, and positive lifestyle advocate. He also held posts in research, and conflict work, a.o. for the Palestinian - Israeli peace village Wahat al Salam ~ Neve Shalom. He holds a BA in history and politics from SOAS and two Master degrees, in Urban Sociology (Goldsmiths) and Sports Coaching (Brunel). He is founding and committee member of Coram's Fields User Group, the parent and community voice of Central London's biggest and oldest children playground and was its first spokesperson and chair. Daniel tweets under @zylbersztajn
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