Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, and Cyclenation (the federation of voluntary campaign groups around the UK), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting out how they will work in partnership to strengthen the capacity of the UK’s networks of local cycle advocates and campaign groups. It was unveiled at their joint annual conference in Sheffield on Saturday 15th October 2011.
The MOU has been drawn up in response to the Government’s “localism” agenda, with more and more decisions affecting cycling being passed down to the local level. Boosting the capacity and geographical coverage of local cycle campaigning throughout the UK is therefore a key priority for both organisations.
In practice, Cycling UK and Cyclenation have worked closely together for many years, organising regular joint conferences for local campaigners. In many cases, the key players in Cyclenation groups are local Cycling UK “Right to Ride” campaigns representatives, and while Cycling UK's existing local group structure is primarily focused on recreational riding, many of these groups also play an active role as advocates for cycling at the local level. The MOU is intended to be flexible, complementing and building on local arrangements which are already working well, enabling people from both networks to come together in whatever ways best suit local circumstances.