Celebrating and recognising our volunteers

1st Step Bikes receiving their volunteer awards for joint Best Community Project 2017
1st step bikes receiving their volunteer award
1st step bikes receiving their volunteer award

Celebrating and recognising our volunteers

Thanks to the support of volunteers in our groups and projects, we’re helping thousands more people to fall in love with cycling, and feel healthy and happy through positive changes to their lifestyle that also benefit the environment. Volunteers do not necessarily give their valuable time, energy and expertise for a reward or recognition but mainly for the satisfaction of giving something back to the community.

However, we at Cycling UK feel that our outstanding volunteers deserve a pat on the back for a job done well, sometimes for an amazing amount of time, either through a nomination for one of our national awards or simply with a letter or certificate of thanks. Without the collective force of our groups and volunteers, our work would not be possible. They are a shining example of how we can all help make a difference. They donate their time to:

  • Run cycling groups
  • Lead rides 
  • Fix bikes
  • Support events
  • Fundraise
  • Campaign for better conditions for cyclists
  • Bring together communities through cycling
  • And in many more roles

Here's to our volunteers!

These are the ways we currently recognise, celebrate and thank our volunteers. (Note that we are currently undertaking a review of these, so look out for some exciting developments in 2018!)

Annual Awards

Volunteer of the Year Awards

Our members are at the heart of Cycling UK, helping us to get one million people cycling and keep cycling in 2017, and contributing millions of volunteer hours in support of our work. Whether that's running well over 13,000 led rides, supporting and promoting our campaign actions, marshaling and running Dr Bike support at major events, or helping people to overcome personal barriers to cycling, we cannot miss the fact that so much of our charity's successes are because of our volunteers. We celebrated these fantastic contributions to Cycling UK's work through our national Volunteer of the Year Awards. All nominees also receive a certificate recognising their contributions. 

Nominated by Cycling UK's members and groups, the winners in each category are selected by Cycling UK's Board of Trustees. Trophies are presented at our annual members' conference.

Arthur Moss Medallion

In addition to the above, the Arthur Moss Medallion is presented to the Cycling UK National Volunteer of the Year, who is selected from the winners of the above awards. This is Cycling UK’s highest award for services to cycling and is in the form of a polished piece of Portland stone presented to Cycling UK by the family of Arthur Moss, a former President, Chair and Vice Chair of the Cycling UK Board of Trustees (or CTC Council as it was then), as well as an extraordinary community servant in his home county of Dorset, serving as Mayor of Wareham. The Moss Medallion, along with its predecessor the Bird Award, have recognised voluntary achievement in cycling since the 1930s.

Mick is one volunteer who deserves recognition. It goes without saying that his role is absolutely pivotal to the smooth running of this project. We’re really pleased with the win – Mick works hard and he deserves it.

Franc, co-volunteer at Ribbleton Bike Revival

Meet Ribbleton bike mechanic Mick Buckley, winner of the Individual Achiever of the Year Award and the winners of the Cycling UK Volunteer of the Year Awards 2017, including Arthur Moss Medallion winners the Caernarfon Bypass volunteer group, who worked tirelessly working tirelessly to try and ensure that the popular and scenic Lon Eifion cycle path will remain safe and in use when the A487 Caernarfon and Bont Newydd bypass is constructed.

100 Women in Cycling

2017 saw the inaugural Cycling UK Women's Festival of Cycling . As part of the celebration of women's cycling, we created our list of 100 Women in Cycling to showcase women who are making a difference by encouraging and inspiring other women (who are currently underrepresented in cycling) to take part in it. We invited all the women who were able to attend to a celebration event, at which we handed out 'Thank You' cards to mark their achievements. 

Meet Sheffield District Member Group Secretary Angela Walker, one of our 100 Women in Cycling 2017.

Awards given throughout the year

Certificates of Merit and Commendation

These certificates are awarded throughout the year to individuals who have performed outstanding work and deserve recognition for their services to the cycling community. Certificates of Merit are awarded to members of Cycling UK while a Certificate of Commendation can be given to a non-member such as a cycling cafe or bike shop that provides incredible services to cyclists. They can be applied for by contacting Sue Cherry with a short outline of who you would like to be recognised and what they have done to merit such an award and a 'citation' - this is the wording that will appear on the final certificate, which is sent out for presentation locally by the group or individual who has sent in the nomination at, for example, an AGM or summer party.

Letters and Certificates of Thanks

How do you say thanks to somebody who's devoted time and energy, perhaps over many years, to helping run a local cycling group or putting on events such as the Dartmoor Devil, which was organised by Kevin Presland for an amazing 25 years? Or maybe they have made and served all the refreshments at a particular sportive? Or worked as a marshal out on the course? Whatever their duties, we can arrange a Letter of Thanks for the individual from our Chief Executive, or perhaps even a personal phone call from him for particularly outstanding voluntary work. We also have a customisable Cycling UK Certificate of Thanks you can download and print yourself with the required details and perhaps put into a frame for presentation to the recipient at a convenient moment, such as an AGM or club night?

To arrange a Letter of Thanks signed by our CEO, please contact our Volunteering Team, saying who the person is and why they deserve some appreciation.


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