Cycling UK's year in numbers

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Cycling UK's year in numbers

Cycling UK's annual Impact Report is an assessment of how well the charity performed, and last year there was a lot to be proud of.

Did you know last year our member groups put on almost 11,000 rides?

Or that more than 9,000 potholes were reported through our FillThatHole website and app? Or that 13,000 new cycling trips were made in England alone as a result of the Big Bike Revival?

All these facts and more, have been published in Cycling UK’s annual Impact Report, an assessment of how well the charity performed in 2018-19.

The report had been due to be published earlier this year but was delayed because of the coronavirus crisis.

It offers a snapshot of all aspects of our work, from our campaign reach and success, to our behaviour change programs, media coverage, membership activity and volunteering, as well as setting out our financial position.

It makes you realise the incredible success the charity has already achieved in making cycling not only safer, but also more accessible for everyone.

Pete Fitzboydon, interim chief executive

The report is published as the charity completes its first year of a five-year strategy in which it set out a bold ambition to inspire a million more people to cycle.

It’s also a time when obesity-related ill-health is crippling the NHS, air pollution is linked to thousands of deaths every year, and our roads are becoming ever more congested.


Our impact report is a year in numbers for Cycling UK
Our impact report is a year in numbers for Cycling UK

Some of our key highlights of the year include:

  • 11,154 people engaged with our funding campaign in England.
  • 60,661 people engaged in a Big Bike Revival events in England and Scotland.
  • 18,575 employees reached through 10 businesses who signed up for the Cycle Friendly Employer scheme.
  • 4,594,787 page views of our website.
  • 68,431 cyclists signed up as members of the charity.

Cycling UK launched the Great North Trail
Cycling UK launched the Great North Trail

It was also the year we launched our 800-mile off-road Great North Trail, we won our Trails for Wales campaign, put on 314 Bike Week events and rode with 150 women on the Houses of Parliament to mark the Women’s Festival of Cycling.

Our network of volunteers grew by 15% to 8,723, and 141 people took part in 16 Cycle for Health projects.

Our groups laid on 2,892 easy/family rides; 4,508 moderate rides, 3,280 hard rides and 117 off-road rides.


Our member groups put on almost 11,000 rides
Our member groups put on almost 11,000 rides

In Wales, more than 200 people cycled on the Sennedd, the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff to call for more investment in cycling.

And in Scotland, we established 18 new community clubs and campaigned at the Scottish parliament for more investment in cycling. 

Membership was also up by 4% to 68,431.

Pete Fitzboydon, Cycling UK’s interim chief executive, said: “When you glance through this report and see all these amazing statistics, it makes you realise the incredible success the charity has already achieved in making cycling not only safer but also more accessible for everyone.  

‘We’re not ready to rest on our laurels, though. There’s so much more to be done and we’re looking forward to working with our wonderful members, supporters and volunteers to achieve even more during this period the prime minister has called ‘the golden age of cycling'."

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