How to form a new Cycling UK group

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Do you ride with a group of friends or colleagues and worry about insurance? Or maybe there isn't a Cycling UK group near you and you would like to form one? If you have ever wondered about how to go about forming a new Cycling UK Member Group, this guide will show you whys and wherefores of how to go about it.

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:

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:

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

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.

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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.

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There are hundreds of Cycling UK Member Groups throughout the UK. Find out who they are and how your group could join them.
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