British Cycling has today announced that the organisation has reached the 150,000 members milestone for the first time; representing a threefold increase in the membership base since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
While Race memberships continue to grow strongly, for the first time in the organisation’s history over half of all members now opt for a Ride (designed for leisure, sportive and club riders) or Commute membership, reflecting the national governing body’s drive to become the go-to organisation for everybody who rides a bike.
The announcement comes as British Cycling launches its Let’s Change the Way We Move campaign, which aims to inspire communities, businesses and decision makers to make their move towards transforming Britain into a great cycling nation.
Following the announcement, reigning Vuelta a España champion Simon Yates said:
“I’ve been a British Cycling member for 15 years now and it’s great to see how the organisation has grown. British Cycling is committed to transforming Britain into a better place to ride for everybody, from racers to commuters to kids, and I’m proud to be one of the 150,000 members who are part of this.”
Analysis of our 150,000-strong member base shows that:
- There are 47 Geraints, 51 Hoys, 48 Kennys and 21 Archibalds
- They collectively own an estimated 484,500 bikes
- The eldest is 99 years old, while the youngest is just 14 months
- Over half use their bike as a mode of transport
Luke Harper, HSBC UK's Head of British Cycling Partnership, said:
“Our partnership with British Cycling is particularly focused on grassroots participation, encouraging and supporting customers, communities and colleagues to get back on their bikes. We are proud to see British Cycling reaching this membership milestone and the progress being made towards the country becoming a great cycling nation.”
British Cycling Commercial Director, Jonathan Rigby, said:
“Our membership offer provides great support for our members in the many and varied ways which they ride, but in turn our members enable us to develop innovative programmes for children, support clubs in our communities and campaign for better streets for cycling all over Britain. We are absolutely determined to see this number grow and grow in the coming years, as we work towards fulfilling our ambition of transforming Britain into a truly great cycling nation.”