Why we campaign for cycling
Cycling offers huge benefits to both individuals, and the UK as a whole. As well as being a highly affordable, convenient and healthy way to travel, it’s also downright fun, and believe everyone should to be able to share the joys and benefits of cycling. Tragically, however, two thirds of people in Britain find our roads too dangerous to cycle on, locking them out of this opportunity.
Cycling UK, with the support of our members, is at the forefront of the movement to change this, and to create a cycle-friendly future where everyone, young or old, feels able to hop on their bike, whether they’re heading to work or to school, getting out for a ride at the weekend, or taking on an epic long-distance trail.
What’s more, getting people riding won’t only improve millions of lives, but would also save the NHS millions of pounds, boost productivity, help protect our environment and tackle harmful air pollution in our cities.
Support our campaigns
We couldn’t achieve anything without the help of thousands of members and supporters from across the UK.
Joining Cycling UK ensures we can continue to push for a more cycle-friendly country and adding your own voice to our campaigns will help amplify our message even further.
Whether you want to support a specific campaign, or get more involved in your local area, there’s loads you can do to help us succeed, whether you have, two minutes, an hour, or are able to commit a few hours a week.
Our history of campaigning
Since Cycling UK’s formation in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club (subsequently renamed the Cyclists’ Touring Club; CTC), we have always been a championing voice for cyclists and cycling.
- 1885: Richmond Park and Regents Park are the first of several royal parks opened to cyclists as a result of our action.
- 1888: Secured the definition of cycles as ‘carriages’, the therefore the right for cyclists to use the roads.
- 1950: Obtained removal of clause in Wolverhampton Corporation Bill which sought power to control cyclists' use of local roads
- 1968: Right to cycle on bridleways and long-distance cross-country routes incorporated in new Countryside Act, largely through our action.
- 1977: Cycles carried free (with certain exceptions) on trains after 99 years of sustained effort.
- 2001: Cyclists' Defence Fund [link] established to fight for cyclists' rights in the courts.
- 2003: Ensured cycling was included in the Land Reform (Scotland) Act, affording cyclists a ‘right to roam’ in Scotland
- 2014: Successfully campaigns for the Secretary of State for Transport to set out a strategy for cycling and walking infrastructure, and, by law, provide the funding required to meet it.
- 2019: The Great North Trail established as the first of a series of long distance off-road cycling routes