Cycling has a huge role to play in helping tackle climate change
Cycling has a huge role to play in helping tackle climate change

COP26: Cycling fights climate change

The COP26 global climate summit is a great opportunity to tell our national and local governments that cycling fights climate change - if they're willing to invest and deliver to ensure cycling is accessible to all

At the beginning of November, the world’s attention will be on Glasgow as world leaders descend upon the city for the United Nations COP26 climate summit.  

On 6 November, during the COP26 conference, Cycling UK is joining millions of others in a day of global action, to tell governments that cycling offers huge potential to cut climate emissions, and that active travel must be urgently embraced as part of the solution to the climate crisis.

How can cycling fight climate change?

Transport is the UK's biggest polluting sector, accounting for 27% of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

This can be significantly reduced if more people are enabled to cycle more often.

COP26 should provide the impetus for local and national governments to urgently and significantly increase their investment in cycling, to deliver comprehensive and safe networks of cycle lanes, and to enable people to choose to cycle for their everyday journeys.

We know that cycling fights climate change - it's time for our politicians to make that possible.

Join us on 6 Nov for Pedal on COP

We are working with the campaign group Pedal on Parliament to help organise and promote Pedal on COP - enabling cyclists to join thousands of others in Glasgow on 6 November to call for climate action.

Wherever you are in the UK there are opportunities to ride your bike on 6 November for this global day of action.

  1. In Glasgow? Bring your bike and join us in the Cycling Bloc at the peaceful mass march in Glasgow
  2. In Scotland? Join one of the Pedal on COP feeder rides from further away
  3. In the rest of the UK? Attend a COP26 rally or action near you - find your local hub and organise a mini-Pedal on COP
  4. Can't attend an event? Join a virtual Pedal on COP ride on Strava (see below), take a selfie with your bike and post to social media using the hashtag #ThisMachineFightsClimateChange, or buy a Pedal on Parliament t-shirt or hoodie
Organise a mini-pedal on COP near you

Encourage fellow cyclists to take action where you live

  • If there's an event near you organise a feeder ride to get there - it can even just be you and your friends to start off - help us ensure cycling is part of every COP26 event. 
  • We've created a simple guide to help you get started, and we're also offering organisers free public liability insurance if you register your ride with us. Contact us for more information. 
Ride more to cut your carbon footprint

If you have been inspired to cut your carbon footprint we have lots of advice to help you ride your bike more. 

  • Advice to help you get on your bike and enjoy your riding
  • Use our Journey Planner to find quiet routes to your workplace or local amenities
  • Find one of our projects near you which can help and encourage you to be more active by bike
  • Join a local cycling group and find new friends to ride with
  • Campaign with others for better cycling in your area - join our Cycle Advocacy Network

COP26 feeder rides

We've gathered together some of the planned COP26 feeder rides which you can join - this isn't a complete list, and if you're planning a ride which isn't listed here, please register it or let us know. 

If there isn't a ride near you, why not organise one yourself to a local COP26 event.

Virtual feeder rides you can join on Strava

Zwift Riders Scotland

Ride for their lives

Feeder rides to the COP26 Global Day of Action march and rally in Glasgow:

Starting location Organiser Feeding to... Distance (miles)
Lanarkshire and Glasgow South East Go Bike Glasgow march and rally 18
Glasgow South Glasgow Southside Women Road Cycling Glasgow march and rally 12
Paisley and Glasgow South West CTC/Cycling UK Glasgow Glasgow march and rally 12
East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow North West Friends of Bearsway Glasgow march and rally 7
North East Glasgow On Bikes Glasgow march and rally 7
Clydebank and Glasgow West Glasgow Eco Trust Glasgow march and rally 6.5
Dumfries (2 day ride) Cycling Dumfries Glasgow march and rally 95
Kinross Kirsteen Ross Glasgow march and rally 53
Stirling Philip Ward Glasgow march and rally 30
Strathaven/East Kilbride Guided Rides Scotland Glasgow march and rally 31
Edinburgh Critical Mass Edinburgh Glasgow rally 45


Long distance rides you can join - from the start, or along the way

Start point Organiser Planned arrival in Glasgow
London  Route to net zero 11th November
Newton Abbot, South Devon People Pedal Power 12th November
Brighton COP26 Rebel Riders 1st November


Other long distance rides you can support

Start point Organiser
Lewes, East Sussex Transition Town Lewes
London Ride the Change
London Ride for their Lives
Runnymead, Surrey Pedalling for a Bright Future
Amsterdam De Luchtfietsers