Dorset Cyclists Network

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Campaigning group

About us


Campaigning for a cycle friendly Dorset

DCN was formed in 1992 to provide a voice for cyclists and to promote cycling as a healthy, environmentally-friendly and convenient means of transport.

We are not a cycling club but a campaign run by elected volunteers covering the whole of Dorset including Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

We are a consultation group used by local authorities on cycling proposals and we work with them. We lobby the councils to improve cycle facilities, especially on behalf of people who cycle to school, work and to the shops.

We work with other organisations with compatible aims.

We help to identify cyclists’ needs such as safer junctions, secure parking, better signs etc.

A network of local area representatives lobby on local issues and organise local rides.

We organise gentle and moderate cycle rides and other events, on which ride leaders are covered for 3rd party insurance through Cycling UK, to which we are affiliated.

Members are kept informed through emails and online.

Currently there is no membership fee.

To join DCN, please email



DCN represents cyclists in Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Contact the DCN Secretary or any Coordinator DCN for advice about starting a local group.

The Committee is elected by the annual general meeting. It decides

overall policy and deals with finance, news and publicity.

Each branch is autonomous and campaigns in its own way according to local conditions and needs while working within the DCN Constitution

Every branch is entitled to be represented on the committee.

Committee members and branch coordinators are unpaid. They can claim out-of-pocket expenses.


Benefits of membership


As an individual or family member of DCN you can help to influence policy on cycling by taking an active part in your local DCN branch or setting one up in an area which isn’t currently represented or by contacting your local Coordinator on a specific problem. You also have a vote in DCN elections at the annual meeting.

Cycle Rides

There are some regular rides taking place. Please see the Rides section on this page.


Emails keep you informed of local and wider cycling news.


Membership of CyclingUK

DCN is affiliated to CyclingUK. This enables individual DCN members to obtain the affiliated individual membership at a reduced rate. The main benefit is 3rd party insurance cover for any cycling you do (whether with DCN or by yourself). Whilst this gives you some of the advantages of a full member of CUK, there are some offers missing. If you are interested in the affiliated membership, please contact the DCN membership secretary for further details.

Information about the group rides

Regular Rides


Thursday nights, from the beginning of April to late September.

Culverhayes car park.

6pm start for one to two hours, depending on the weather and season.

Occasionally rides have a different starting point and riders will be notified by email.

For information, please email



Monday Rides, 10.30am from Walford Mill with a coffee/snack stop.  Approximately 12 – 14 miles.

1st Monday of the Month: -   Stewarts Garden Centre, Broomhill. (Road)

2nd Monday of the Month: -  Hamworthy Park, or the RNLI Poole. (Castleman Trailway)

3rd Monday of the Month: -  Sturminster Marshall Golf Club. (Road)

4th Monday of the Month: -  Ferndown Golf Club. (Road and Castleman Trailway)

5th Monday of the Month: -  Aunt Fanny's, Furzehill (Road and Trail)

Contact Joan Fordyce 01202 848861 or email

Friday Rides, 10.30am from Walford Mill with a coffee/snack stop.  Approximately 12 – 16 miles.

Members will be informed via email.  Contact Colin Kinnear 07726 415627 or email

Please note: - All rides are subject to change due to weather conditions and riders will be informed by email.


The group meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month,

Notifications sent by email the previous week.

Routes are loops of about 20 miles, starting and ending at the same location, normally a pub, or a garden centre where we have agreed parking space availability. Coffee stops midway.

Regular start locations include Cranborne, Bransgore, Wimborne and sometimes Lyndhurst.

On a 5-week month, on the 5th Saturday, there is an “away day”, with a longer route of about 30miles.  

Other rides may also be held. Please contact the Coordinator for the area you are interested in.

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