British Cycling Organisations - Contacts,
e-mails and Websites.
information courtesy of On Your Bike Magazine
On Your Bike Online
All Party Cycling Group (APCG)
31 Arodene Road, London SW2 2BQ
Tel. 0181 6745916 Fax. 0181 6713386
The All Party Cycling Group is a bicycle
club in the Houses of Parliament. MPs go on rides together but,
more importantly, the group supports and encourages cycling
in the UK and lobbies from within for greater facilities. The
biking MPs argue for cyding to have a greater role in national
and local transport strategies, for planning, employment and
educational strategies to encourage safe cycling and to encourage
other environmentally beneficial transportation.
Association of Cycle Traders
31a High Street,
Tunbridge wells,Kent,TN1 1XN
Tel, 01892 526081. Fax. 01892 544278
The ACT is the national organisation representing
800 specialist cycle retailers. Every ACT member offers customers
a well stocked shop, with complete after-sales service and full
work- shop facilities. Buying a bicycle from an ACT dealer ensures
it will be safe and roadworthy. To locate your nearest ACT bike
shop you can phone the number above or use the interactive map
on their website.
Bicycle Association of Great Britain LTD
Starley House, Eaton Road, Coventry
West Midlands, CV1 2FH
Tel. 01203 553838 Fax, 01203 228366
The BA-GB (normally known as the BA) is
a trade association representing UK bicycle manufacturers. lt
also funds publicity campaigns to increase the awareness of
cycling (so more people buy bikes). It publishes a range of
consumer advisory leaflets. All are fee of charge and can often
be picked up in libraries or from bikeshops. Subjects include
starting cycling, lighting regulations, choosing a helmet and
so forth. The BA also produces Funding Cycle Schemes, a booklet
aimed at locol councils and campaigning groups which can help
in finding sources of funding for cycle schemes.
British Cycling Association (BCA)
Membership Services Dept
National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street,
Manchester, M II 4DQ.
Tel. 0161 2302301 Fax. 0161 2310591
The BCF is the official cycle racing body
in the UK. The BCF is based at the National Cycling Centre which
is housed at the Manchester Velodrome. Whilst 95 % devoted to
racing matters, the BCF is trying to widen its scope and says
it can answer any enquiry on cycling. However, it is best suited
to providing information on cycle racing and a list of competitive
clubs in your area. Members get benefits such as third party
British Horse Association
Stoneleigh Deer Park, Kenilworth,
Warks, CVB 2XZ Tel. 01926 707813
The Bntish Horse Sociey's Access & Rights
of Way Department publish a series of 20 trail guide books covering
many areas of the UK which, although essentially for equestrians,
are also suitable for mountain biker seeking out good stretches
of bridleway. Those that haven't been churned up by the horses
offer excellent ride possibilities for cyclists.
British Human Power Club
15 Station Road, Dyce, Aberdeen,
AB21 7BA. Tel. 01224 772164
A more comfortable bike that is less effort
to pedal - a faster bike (imagine 70 mph on a bike - or cycling
50 miles in an hour) - that is what human powered vehicles (HPV's)
and recumbents are all about. The BHPC aims to stimulate innovation
in the design and development of HPVs for utility, recreational
and competitive activities. The Club organises touring events
and races each year, publishes a quarterly newsletter and "So
You Want to Build an HPY" The race meetings whilst highly
competitive, are always social forums too.
British Schools Cycling Association
21 Bedhampton Road, North End,
Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 7JX
Tel. 01705 642226 Fax 01705 660187
Encourages the participation of school children
into leisure and competitive cycling with cycling activities
across all disciplines of cycling with area, natioinal and international
events. BSCA also provides leader courses in several disciplines
for adult cycling with children. Multi disciplines with anything
from hill climb, cicuit races, hard track and grass track.
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
36 St.Mays Street, Wallingford,
Oxfordshire, OX10 0EU
Tel. 01491 839766 Fax. 01491 839646
BTCV is the UK's largest practical conservation
charity involving 95,000 volunteers in projects to protect the
environment including: One day projects, UK and overseas working
holidays, support for 2000 affiliatede groups and schools, community
development in the UK and overseas, courses and vocational training,
Natural Pioneers Millennium Awards.
Willow Grange Road
Watford, WD1 3QA
Tel 01923 201120 Fax 01923 210102
British Waterways manages 2000 miles of
canals and rivers in England, Scotland and Wales. Many miles
of their towpaths offer safe cycling to those with a permit.
To get a National Cycle pack (price £5) contact the customer
services team at the address above.
Byways and Bridleways Trust
PO Box l17, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE3 5YT. Tel. & Fax. 0191 2364086
The Byways and Bridleways Trust specialises
in the legal and technical aspects of rights of way and countrywide
access. The Trust publishes a journal, Byway & Bridleway,
ten times a year.This is required reading for anyone interested
in ancient roads and the rarther arcane legal processes surrounding
them. Contact theBBT office for a sample copy of B&B.
Camping and Caravanning Club
Westwood Way, Coventry CV4 8JH
Tel. 01203 694995 Fax. 01203 694886
The Camping & Caravanning Club has a
network of 90 campsites in Britain. Many of them are close to
excellent cycling country and great bases for cycling holidays.
lt also provides guides, magazines, advice and a range of services
including discounted RAC , weather call, overseas camping holidays,
legal and financial services. The club now has 300,000 members.Free
sites guide available.
Camping and Outdoor Leisure Association
Morritt House, 58 Station Approach,
South Ruislip, Middx, HA4 6SA
Tel. 018l 8421111 Fax. 018l 8420090
This is a trade body representing outdoor
manufacturers. distributors and retailers COLA retailters are
located throughout the country and are specialists in outdoor
clothing and equipment. Consumers looking for their nearest
COLA retailer or a particular brand can contact the COLA office.
Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)
Clerk's Court 18-20 Farringdon Lane,
London, EC I R 3AU
A national charity dedicated to the prevention
of accidents of children, getting involved in research and evaluation
of childrens accidents.
Consortium of Bicyle Retailers (CoBR)
Courtyard Loft, Union Street,
Newport Pagnell, MK16 SET
Tel. 01908 613263 Fax. 01908 618034
CoBR, is a marketing organisation representing
over 100 cycle retailer s throughout the UK and Channel Islands.
It produces "The Cyclelist" a publication full of
advice and assistance about cycling and cycling products.
69 Meadrow, Godalming,
Surrey, GU7 3HS
Tel. 01483 417217
The CTC is Britians largest and longestest
established cycling organisation and has as its mission to "Work
for All Cyclists". It provides a wide range of services
and discounts to its 66,000 members and affiliates, has 200
local groups, provides 12,000 rides and events annually, and
campaigns for better conditions for cyclists, whether they ride
on or off rood. Of particular value are its information services,
widely regarded as the most comprehensive in cycling and covering
eveything from routes to bike shops. Members get free legal
aid and £5 million third party insurance, essental in
the case of an accident ,it's the only way you can be as well
protected as a motorist . The CTC's specialist Freewheeler Cycle
insurance is one service now available to non-members.
Cyclist's Sourcebook, The
Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.
Jesses Farm, Snow Hill, Dinton, Nr Salisbuy
Wilcshire, SP3 SHN.
Tel. 0800 137 201.
This is the 'Bible' of the bicycie World,
used by shops and suppliers to locate products and search for
contact details of over 3000 companies, associations and organisations.
It is compiled by the editorial team behind On Your Bike magazine
who also publish Cycle Industry, the cycle trade news magazine.
Both titles are published by Mark Allen Ltd. The Cyclist's Sourcebook
Environmental Transport Authority (ETA)
10 Church Street, Weybridge, KT13 BRS
Tel. 0193 282 8882 Fax. 0193 2829015
The Environmental Transport Association
(ETA) is the voice of transport users who are concerned about
the environment. ETA is Britiains fastest growing motoring organisation.
It offers a reliable and competitive recovery and insurance
service to both motorists and cyclists. Their average call out
time is just 35 minutes because they use a network of over 1700
local garages in Britain. ETA covers the whole of Europe and
even parts of Africa and Asia.
European Cyclist Federation (ECF)
31 Arodene Road, London, SW2 2BQ.
Tel. 0181 674 5916 Fax 0181 671 3386
The ECF is a political force to promote
the bicycle as an important part of both transport and environmental
policies at a European level. To achieve these aims the ECF
lobbies, provides information and services to the media, authorities,
companies and institutions. Despite the different experiences
of member organisations from over 25 countries, many cycling
problems are similar throughout Europe; for example, dangerous
road conditions, the poor image of cycling, inadequate facilities
and the lack of political will to promote cycling. The overall
aim of the ECF is to achieve a shift from motorised modes of
transport and an increased use of the bicycle for daily travel
as well as recreational uses.
231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh,
You are welcome to cycle in many of the
Forestry Commission forests which offer a variety of cycling
experiences, from wide forest roads to narrow single tracks.
2600 Kilometres of waymarked cycle trails in their forests feaqture
some of the best off road cycling in Britain. An information
leaflet is available free of charge . Contact your local office
of Forest Enterprises - agency of the Forestry Commission which
manages the woodlands or ring the public information line on
0131 314 6322.
41 Severn Road, Heywood,
Lancs. OL0 4RY. Tel.01706621193
Racing organisation, affiliated to the BCF.
runs national BMX racing series (the GB.BMX.F is not involved
with freestyle contests)
London Cycling Campaign
Unit 228, 30 Great Guildford Street,
Tel. 0171 4353725 Fax. 0171 7944484
London Cycling Campaign is a member organisation
that promotes cycling in Greater London by raising awareness
of cycling issues. Campaigning to improve conditions for cyclists,
and providing services for members . Services include. free
automatic third party insurance, free legal advice, bike shop
discount, optional theft insurance, bi-monthly magazine London
Cyclist and organised rides.
Natiional Assocaition of Veteran Cylce
29 The Coppice, Narborough,
Leicestershire, LE9 SFB.
There are ten veteran cycle clubs in the
UK. Every year they organise a national rally during the first
weekend in September, hosted by one of the clubs. Each individual
club organises rallies throughout the year. A booklet listing
all the clubs is available from the national secretary.
Coddlington, Ledbury, HR8 1JH.
Tel. 01531 633500
Fax. 01531 636247
Offroad cycling provides publications for
those wishing to cycle away from traffic. Maps and route cards
are available for: Forest of Dean, Peak Distrct and the Brecon
Beacons. Offroad Cycling also runs a comprehensive advisory
service for trail managers to help ensure that the trails you
ride are suitable for all kinds of cycling.
PO Box 2579, London, NW10 3PW
Tel / Fax. 0181 964 9353
Roadpeace, the national charity for road
traffic victims, provides information and support to bereaved
and injured road traffic victims through its helpline, literature,
local groups and contact with people who have suffered a similar
Helpline 0181 964 1021, 9am to 9pm seven
days a week.
4 Hepley Road, Poynton, Cheshire,
Tel. 01625 878809. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1955 for cyclists who love byways
and tracks. The Rough-Stufffellowship is the oldest 'off road'
cycling club in the world. Members enjoy a route library that
is second to none, with detailed information on routes throughout
the UK and Europe.
Safe Routes to School
For a free information pack, phone the Sustrans
Tel. 0117 929088
For more in-depth advice, contact Celia
Beeson Tel. 0117 9268893.
Whilst not invented by Sustrans, the Safe
Routes to School initiative is now largely run by them, although
there are many local schemes not operated by Sustrans. The scheme
provides information, support and advice on making it easier
for kids to get to school on foot or on their bikes. Sustrans
produce a quarterly newsletter with news of their own and other
Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA)
7 Glebe Crescent, Stirling, FK8 2JA
Tel. 01786 891400 Fax. 01786 891336
Youth hostels come in alls hapes and sizes,
there are over 80 well run, friendly hostels throughout Scotland
offefing good comfortable accommodation, with shower and laundry
facilities and much more. Anyone over the age of 5 years (no
upper age limit) can join, just go to your local post office,
a hostel or even by Post. This membership allows you to use
not only Scottish hostels, but over 5000 youth hostels all over
Slower Speeds Initiative, The
213 College Road, Norwich, NR2 3JD
Tel / Fax. 01603 504563
The Slower Speeds Initiative is a coalition
of bodies calling far a general reduction in road traffic speeds,
both in urban and rural areas. They are aiming to reverse the
situation in which pedestrians and cyclists are unable to use
the streets for fear of dangerous traffic.
53 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DZ
Tel 0117 929 0888 Fax 0117 929 4173
Sustrans is the civil engineering charity
responsible for coordinating the National Cycle Network and
Safe Routes to School projects. The National cycle Network is
a UK wide Millennium project . The Network will comprise more
than 8000 miles of cycle routes by 2005 with the first 3000
miles completed by Midsummer's Day 2000. The Network is a partnership
project involving over 400 local authorities, businesses, countryside
bodies and others Sustrans provide a public information service,
call for of free catalogue which features maps, technical materials
and information sheets on a range of cycling related issues.
25 Hendred Way, Abington,
Oxfordshire, OX14 2AN.
Tel. 01235 522161 Fax, 01235 445706
Offers advice on any aspect of tandems,
and offen a spares service for difficult to obtain tandem parts.
A magazine is published every two months and a club handbook
is available. Sixty local groups organise local events and club
Walken House, 10 Melton Street,
London, NWI 2E].
Tel. 0171 3858386 Fax. 0171 3582451
Transport 2000 is the national environmental
transport campaign working for coherent and sustainable transport
solutions. Traffic levels are set to rise by 60 percent by 2031
but this rise could be slowed down or even stopped. Transport
2000's vision is of a country where every child can walk or
cycle to school in safety, where companies benefit from green
commuting, where local shops thrive and you don't need a car
to enjoy the countryside or city life. Supporters receive information,
a quarterly magazine and access to a network of local groups.
Vegatarian Cycling and Athletics Club
13 Peers Lane, Shenley Church End,
Milton Keynes, MK5 6BG.
Tel, 01908 503919
Members participate in road time-trailing,
cyclo-cross and MTB racing and some touring as well as in athletics.
It also provides sports nutritional advice for veggie's.
Youth Hostels Association
(YHA ENGLAND & WALES)
Customer Services, 8 St Stephen's Hill,
St Albans, ALI 2DY
Tel. 01727 845047 Fax. 01727 844126
Youth Hostels have changed - for the better!
There are comfortable bunk bedded rooms,
a warm welcome, good food and affordable prices. Cyclists will
appreciate the secure cycle stores, and hot showers! there 237
Youth Hostels all over Englad and Wales.