Cycle Advocacy Network

Supporting you to speak up for cycling

Welcome to the Cycle Advocacy Network

Do you want to help get more people cycling? Do you want to share the joy of riding a bike? Do you want to see real change - with separated cycle lanes, safer roads, and shops, offices and homes accessible by bike? So do we!

The Cycle Advocacy Network (CAN) brings together people with a shared interest in creating the conditions that enable more people to cycle, including better infrastructure for cycling and safer roads.

The CAN resources, events and tools on this page are open to all, and there are specific ways to get involved listed below. If you'd like more detail, please read the Introduction to the Cycle Advocacy Network - and join us on the journey to get more people cycling.

Marchers at Pedal On COP in Glasgow with a big banner saying "This machine fights climate change"

Resources for local campaigners

We have an easy-to-read campaigning handbook, an expanding toolkit of ‘how-to’ guides, links to Cycling UK’s views and briefings as well as suggestions of other people to link up with.

Latest actions

ActionSummaryWhere/whoGet involved
Waiting to happen - action in memory of Emma Burke NewmanIf you are in Glasgow or know the city please respond to this new campaign in memory of Emma Burke Newman who was killed whilst cycling in Jan 2023. The campaign seeks to make 3 challenging junctions in Glasgow safer.ScotlandMAKE GLASGOW SAFER
Influence your Union to campaign for active travelRead (and be inspired by) Jill's story and then work out how you can use her proposal to the National Education Union as a starting point in your own union or professional body.UK wideKICKSTART YOUR CAMPAIGN
Research and recover lost rights of wayThere are thousands of historical rights of way were recorded incorrectly when councils were compiling their official maps in the 1950s. However, the public’s right to ride on them still exists. It hasn’t just disappeared because they’ve been marked incorrectly on a map. Discover and recover lost rights of way near you.  
Further information
England and WalesFIND THE WAYS

Volunteer roles

By volunteering for Cycling UK as a local rep or regional coordinator, you can maximise the impact you can have in your area.

Become a local representative of Cycling UK and join our forum for local campaigners. Ask questions, share advice, access the expertise of the hive mind.

Whether you’re calling on your council for safer roads, working with local parents for routes to schools, building a local movement for active travel, opening up off-road access or responding to consultations - other people will be working on similar issues across the UK. Your time is precious, your insights are valuable. 

If you already have experience in local campaigning and want to help lubricating the chain links of the Cycle Advocacy Network, join us as a regional coordinator, providing support and oversight to local representatives in your patch.

Supporting campaign groups

You may already be part of a local campaign or group, speaking up for cycling in your community, or perhaps you are in the process of starting one up.  The Cycle Advocacy Network can be a resource for you, too.

We are particularly keen to support smaller groups and new starters. Visit the CAN page for Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland to find out more to find out more about how your group can partner with us.

Local contacts in the Cycle Advocacy Network

Are you looking to speak up for cycling in your community? Do you want to connect with someone nearby?

This is a map of the local representatives in our growing Cycle Advocacy Network.

Those with blue markers have chosen to make their contact details public. They are potentially useful contact points who can support you with local campaigning issues.

If you are interested to find out more about becoming a Local Representative yourself, please email Cycling UK's campaigns officer Connor Cashell or apply online.