Contact key people

Contact key people

When first starting up as a Cycling UK local campaigner, it is a good idea to meet as many influential people in your area as you can. Here are some suggestions for your contact list:

Other Right to Ride Representatives

We'll provide you with a list of the Cycling UK local campaigners in your area, which you can use to introduce yourself to those you have not already spoken to through the recruitment process. It’s helpful to find out what other people in your region are doing, their particular interests and skills and how they go about achieving their objectives.

Cycling Officer

Your Local Authority’s Cycling Officer (or officer responsible for cycling) should be able to give you a whole range of information.  For a  start, he/she should be able to tell you about the authority's:

  • Cycling Strategy (if it has one), and how it's getting on;
  • Cycle Forum (if it has one),  who sits on it and how to take a seat yourself;
  • The Local Transport Plan (LTP) and the cycling initiatives within it.  

The Cycling Officer is usually operating on a limited budget and in some cases a remit to cover cycling may be only a small part of their entire role.  He/she may be grateful for your assistance!  With the support of local cyclists, Cycling Officers may feel better able to lobby councillors and senior managers for more funds and more freedom.

Rights of Way Officer

These officers are responsible for all the authority's footpaths, bridleways, byways and other off-road tracks.  They are currently responsible for updating the definitive map (the map which is supposed to show all the rights of way). They will be able to tell you whether there is a Local Access Forum or Rights of Way Group, at what stage of development it is and how to get involved. They will be also be able to notify you of Rights of Way Orders.

For more, see Cycling UK's briefings on Local Access Forums and Rights of Way Improvement Plans

Road Safety Officer (RSOs)

RSOs will be able to tell you about the authority’s Road Safety Strategy (if they have one) and about their targets for reducing casualties (if they have any).

Safe Routes to Schools/School Travel Officer

Some authorities have one of these, sometimes with a big budget!  They are responsible for encouraging sustainable travel to school and can be very useful at linking cycle networks.   They will also be able to tell you about cycle training initiatives for schoolchildren. See Cycling UK's Right to Ride to School campaign  toolkit for more on influencing cycle provision at schools. Bike Club also encourages cycling activity for young people, empowering them to travel to and from school.

Road Traffic and Engineering Departments

These are responsible for planning and designing the road layout and are usually located within the highway authority.  These are essential contacts and should be able to arrange for you, as a campaigner accredited to Cycling UK,  to receive Traffic Regulation Orders which consult on proposed changes to the highway.  They should also help with queries over maintenance, carrying out cycle audits and reviews and monitoring cycle use.

Train Operating Companies and Stations

It is important that cyclists campaign as vigorously as they can to improve provision for cycles on trains, better information on ticketing, reservations for cycles, secure parking at stations etc.

Other Cycle Campaign Groups

Cycling UK is able to provide details of groups belonging to the federation of cycle groups, Cyclenation (CN), or check their website to see if there are any in your local area.  It’s useful to network with other local groups, and to exchange information with them regularly.

Local Ride Groups

You may already be a member of a local ride group, or know of them. You can find your nearest Cycling UK group by searching online.

It might be useful to meet them and find out how active they are and if they campaign on local issues.  Even if they don't,  their members tend to spend a lot of time out cycling in the locality, so tapping into their local knowledge may prove invaluable. Attending their AGM is well worth considering too.

Other User Groups



Email address

Telephone number

British Horse Society

Via website

02476 840515

Campaign for Better Transport

Via website

020 7566 6480

Friends of the Earth

Via website

020 7490 1555

Ramblers Association


+44 (0)20 7339 8500


Living Streets

020 7377 4900



020 7981 2800


0845 113 00 65