British Cycling stands up for cyclists on issues which affect them, whether that’s good quality facilities, improving safety on HGVs, holding politicians to account or ensuring the future of road racing in this country. We respond to concerns by our members, and use our members support to influence change.
We lobby relevant government departments and politicians for changes which will benefit cyclists. We work with cycling and other organisations in relevant fields to combine our expertise and knowledge to best effect. We mobilise our members to campaign on our behalf, because we recognise that many voices are stronger than one.
We have secured the lease for the Herne Hill Velodrome, the only remaining 1948 Olympic site still in use, funded and managed it’s the resurfacing and are closely involved in the current project to refurbish the whole site. We are currently supporting the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust in their fundraising and gaining planning permission to improve facilities and working with architects to undertake feasibility studies for the pavilion. To find out more click here.
We, with our members, successfully lobbied the government to changes to the outdated 1960s regulations which govern road racing and are currently working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to agree a new format for the regulations. We also successfully worked with the Department for Transport to create a new, recognised sign for volunteer marshals to use on road races to stop and control traffic, and are working with police forces to pilot and roll out its use across the country. Also with ACPO we agreed a new set of charging guidelines for the presence of police at road races, the only sports governing body to be given an opportunity to shape the new guidelines.
As an active member of United Kingdom Cycling Alliance alongside our friends at organisations like CTC, London Cycling Campaign and Sustrans we work with the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group to influence policy in Westminster and we are heavily involved with the Times and their award-winning Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign. We are leading initiatives to benefit all cyclists, including a call on Ministry of Justice and other relevant ministers for a comprehensive review of the justice system and how it operates around bad driving offences as we know that all too often the justice system delivers results which cyclists and their families find very hard to understand.
We are also very active in our support for the APPCG’s inquiry “Getting Britain Cycling” which is looking at a range of topics including ministerial leadership, cycle friendly planning and design, the, safety, traffic law and enforcement and behaviour change. These are all topics covered in our Manifesto (pdf download) and we are delighted to see these issues being given a high profile coverage in Westminster from all political parties. To find out more click here.
We will continue to ensure the voices of all our members are heard and conditions are improved for all cyclists.