In September 2019, for the first time since 1982, the world’s best cyclists came to Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships. This major international event included a range of men’s and women’s races, across age groups and will include for the first-time, paracycling. Yorkshire aimed to deliver the most inclusive, innovative and inspiring Road World Championships in the history of the UCI.
Dedicated cycling facilities provide safe, traffic-free environments for any cyclist of any ability to participate, train, compete and - most importantly - have fun whilst riding a bike. And since 2018, British Cycling has been working closely with Sport England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to develop dedicated cycling facilities to provide safe, traffic-free environments which meet local demand, making use of a £15 million investment programme called Places to Ride.
Funding was available to any organisation developing cycling activity in their community and was invested in a wide range of projects from equipment packages to activate local spaces, improvements to existing facilities, through to brand new cycling facilities.
Although the application window for large scale and small scale grants has closed, there are still opportunities to secure funding. This includes:
- Apply for up to £15,000 through Crowdfunder for your cycling project
- Apply for an Equipment pack to activate your cycling sessions
- New improvement funding for artificial lighting and BMX tracks (see below).
- Apply to host and operate our international standard BMX Freestyle Park
The Places to Ride Artificial Lighting Improvement Scheme
As part of the Places to Ride fund, a further investment is being made specifically focused on supporting club and group cycling and promoting safe environments for participation. The focus of the new scheme is:
- To invest in improvements to existing artificial lighting to ensure it complies to British Standards, as articulated specifically for cycling in our published design guidance note ‘Lighting for non-televised cycling’.
- To invest in new artificial lighting schemes to support all types of cycling in traffic-free places, in line with the ethos of the Places to Ride programme.
This scheme has been made possible specifically to enable facilities to meet the updated design guidance for lighting which is based on the British Standard for sports lighting, BS EN 12193. This forms part of our continued efforts to invest in the development of dedicated cycling facilities to provide safe, traffic-free environments which meet local demand.
Click the button below for more information of how to get involved. Your completed application form (which can be obtained by emailing the Places to Ride team: firstname.lastname@example.org) must be returned to us by midnight on 1 May 2022.
The Places to Ride BMX Track Improvement Scheme
BMX Racing is a facility-dependent discipline which makes growing the sport a challenge. The launch of the scheme coincides with the publication of a new design guidance note for BMX Racing-Tracks and aims to:
- Support safety improvements and enhance the experience of riders.
- Contribute to the sustainability of the facility by addressing major repair / lifecycle investment requirements and supporting improved environmental sustainability via energy saving initiatives.
The primary focus is to improve existing BMX tracks that are focused on club, coaching and competition opportunities. This fund is not intended to upgrade existing provision to National or International standards, as that would be out with the remit of the Places to Ride Programme.
Click the button below for more information of how to get involved. Your completed application form (which can be obtained by emailing the Places to Ride team: email@example.com) must be returned to us by noon on 11 May 2022.