Forming a new Cycling UK Member Group
Cycling UK is always keen to encourage more people to cycle so, if you have a group of people you ride with regularly and you are worried about the insurance and other aspects of it, then we offer two solutions to the problem:
- become a Cycling UK Member Group, either formally or informally; or
- become a Cycling UK Affiliated Group
What are the benefits of becoming a Cycling UK Member Group?
In addition to benefiting from over 135 years of experience in organising group rides and events, Cycling UK Member Groups enjoy the following:
- Free Organisers’ Liability insurance up to £10 million
This covers anybody who leads rides, organises events or is an officer of any Member Group and gives you peace of mind that in the unlikely event of there being an incident, you have the backing of Cycling UK, as long as the ride/event is run in accordance with Cycling UK guidelines.
- Free publicity for your event or ride
In Cycling UK’s magazine ‘Cycle’ , on our website and in our e-newsletters
- Free Cycling UK publicity materials for your event
We have membership leaflets, banners, cycling publications and more that you can use to encourage more people to take up riding their bikes
- A grant every year
To help with promoting your Group, with the chance to apply for further funding from Cycling UK Council for special projects. Funds can also be applied for to help with the formation and running expenses of the Group.
- Entry to Cycling UK’s annual Tourist Competition
Groups of riders from different areas compete against each other in a range of events, with certificates and medallions on offer to entrants
- A regular, monthly list of Cycling UK members
Cycling UK Member Groups can apply for an ‘allocation’ of post codes in their area so that they receive a monthly mailing list of Cycling UK members, which can be used for publicising your rides and events to a wider audience.
- Insurance for 'guest' riders
People can ride for up to three times with your group before being asked to become a Cycling UK member for insurance purposes - as members of Cycling UK they are automatically covered by 3rd party insurance and receive free legal aid.
- A free regular e-newsletter
‘ClubShorts’ is sent to all Cycling UK Member Group officers to let them know what is going on at Cycling UK and has other items of news and special offers from the world of cycling
- A dedicated member of Cycling UK staff to answer queries and help with all aspects of running your Member Group
Contact Cycling UK Member Group Co-ordinator Julie Rand on 01483 238308 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
How to form a new Member Group
In order to qualify for the above, all we ask in return is that your Group abides by the guidelines laid down in Cycling UK’s Policy Handbook. This includes appointing a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as other officers. And we’d also like you to hold an AGM every autumn and complete a short Annual Return and a set of accounts afterwards so we know what your Group has been up to over the previous 12 months.
Information on exactly how to go about forming the Group is included in the Policy Handbook on page 7 or contact the Member Group Coordinator for further information and advice.
If you think the above bureaucracy would be too much for your Group to cope with, but you would still like to be part of the Cycling UK family, the other option is to become an informal Cycling UK Member Group – in order to do this, you must be connected to a formal Group which will monitor your activities but otherwise there is no other paperwork to deal with. However, your Group will not be eligible for some of the benefits listed above such as the grant and should not organise events, or seek publicity. Again, the differences between the two types of group are covered in the Policy Handbook.