British Cycling and Sky aim to get 1 million more people cycling by 2013 and getting commuters out of their cars and onto two wheels is a big part of that ambition. We know that commuting by bike is great for our bodies, our cities and our planet, but what is British Cycling doing for bike commuters?
Bike Maintenance Workshops
One of the biggest fears of potential bike commuters is that of being stranded miles from home with a flat tyre, a snapped chain or a wobbly wheel. However, with the right tools and a some essential skills, you'll be back on the road in no time. With this in mind, we have a range of introductory, intermediate and advanced Bike Maintenance Workshops delivered by former GB Team mechanic Pete Taylor and his expert colleagues at Pro Tool School. The workshops start at just £45 for the half-day introductory course, with FREE Ride Membership (or 10% off for existing members) and include everything you need to know to fix your bike at the roadside and keep it in good shape for the daily grind. For more information go here.
British Cycling Cycle Training offers nationally accredited Bikeability training to both children and adults, giving them the skills and confidence to cycle to school or to work. We have a growing network of qualified trainers who can deliver cycle training at schools, workplaces and other organisations, starting from Level 1 for absolute beginners, through to Level 3, which gives you the skills and confidence to tackle anything that modern road conditions can throw at you.
At British Cycling we understand that targetting employers is key to getting the nation commuting by bike. Cycling has a huge role to play in building happy, healthy, motivated, green and sustainable workplaces. British Cycling can bring the fun and inspiration of Britain's most successful Olympic sport and our unparalleled expertise to companies and organisations, large and small. The key to our programme is that is goes far beyond cycle commuting. Instead we take a wide, more inclusive approach to creating a cycling workplace. British Cycling: Workplaces is centred on the fun of cycling, where employees are supported and can enjoy cycling to work, at work and at home with friends and family.
Advocacy and Support
We want to see more people take to the streets on two wheels and our Legal Affairs team are working tirelessly to lobby and influence Government strategy on cycling policy, infrastructure and cyclists' rights. Plus our specialist team of cycling solicitors are on-hand to help our members in the event of a cycling accident.
Top Tips and Latest News
We know that when it comes to bike commuting, a little advice helps you to go a long way. Our commuting home page is packed with top tips on how to commute by bike, inspirational videos, the latest news in the world of bike commuting plus reviews of products that will help you seamlessly integrate cycling with your daily life. Commute Homepage
British Cycling's Ride Membership is specially tailored to meet the needs of commuting and recreational cyclists. At just £24 per year, Ride Membership has a bunch of great benefits for commuters including:
• Up to £10m third party liability insurance
• Free legal support and advice from our expert team
• A minimum of 12% off at the British Cycling Wiggle shop
• 10% off at Halfords stores nationwide
• 10% off bike insurance - guaranteed lowest price bike insurance
• 10% on Cycle Rescue, an emergency roadside recovery service for cyclists
To find out more about Ride Membership.