Cycle Advocacy Network
Welcome to the Cycle Advocacy Network
Do you want to help get more people cycling? Do you want to share the joy of riding a bike? Do you want to see real change - with segregated cycle lanes, safer roads, and shops, offices and homes accessible by bike?
So do we!
Cycling UK has championed the benefits of cycling for over 140 years. We stand for the interests of anyone who cycles or might, regardless of background or ability. Campaigning is at our heart. Our campaigns team works to influence national and regional decisions affecting cycling, and we need an effective network of people campaigning and making their voice heard in their communities to influence local decisions.
The Cycle Advocacy Network (CAN) brings together people with a shared interest in creating the conditions that enable more people to cycle, including better infrastructure for cycling and safer roads. Together we CAN share information, support each other, and provide a louder and more effective voice for both those who cycle already and those who might, if it looked and felt safer to do so.
If you'd like more detail, please read the Introduction to the Cycle Advocacy Network - and join us on the journey to get more people cycling.
However, there are two roles you can volunteer for in order to maximise the impact you can have in your area, and make the most efficient use of your time. You can sign up to become a Local Rep or a Regional Coordinator.
Make your life easier by becoming a Local Representative and join Cycling UK’s Volunteer Forum for campaigners. Ask questions, share advice, access the expertise of the hive mind. Whether you’re calling on your council for safer roads, working with local parents for routes to schools, building a local movement for active travel, opening up off-road access or responding to consultations - other people will be working on similar issues across the UK. Your time is precious, your insights are valuable. Maximise your impact.
If you already have experience in local campaigning and want to help lubricating the chain links of the Cycle Advocacy Network, join us as a Regional Coordinator, providing light touch support and oversight to Local Representatives in your patch.
Cycling UK's Campaigning Handbook
This is our new, easily digestible introduction to effective local campaigning. Read it as you start out, and then treat it as a reference guide - dip in again as you feel the need.
Cycling UK’s views and briefings
We have produced a range of accessible briefings that outline Cycling UK's formal views on the issues that matter. They comprise quick key facts and more detailed arguments and background information.
Working with others
There will be people passionate about environmental issues, pedestrian access and safety, road safety, disability and inclusive access, air quality and parents concerned about safe to school – to name just a few.
The following list of organisations is far from definitive, and we may not be able to align ourselves with every single issue they campaign on, but they may also support local campaigning and activity in your area.
|Organisation||Website||What do we have in common?|
|British Horse Society||www.bhs.org.uk||Bridleways, vulnerable road users|
|Campaign for Better Transport||www.bettertransport.org.uk||Sustainability, air quality, local transport|
|Friends of the Earth||www.foe.co.uk||Access to green space, climate change|
|Ramblers Association||www.ramblers.org.uk||Rights of way, countryside access|
|Living Streets||www.livingstreets.org.uk||Active travel, school journeys, pavement parking, urban space|
|CPRE||www.cpre.org.uk||Countryside access, sustainable transport, climate change|
|Sustrans||www.sustrans.org.uk||Active travel, school journeys, leisure routes|
|Twenty’s Plenty||www.20splenty.org/||Safer urban streets|