Coronavirus: Cycling UK Group Cycling - advice & guidance

Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle
This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19
Small group rides are now permitted if run in accordance with the latest guidance
Riders socially distancing. Photo by Peter Cornish
Riders socially distancing. Photo by Peter Cornish
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Coronavirus: Cycling UK Group Cycling - advice & guidance

Cycling UK is advising that group riding of up to six people can now go ahead in England, in accordance with latest Government guidance, but it is urging everyone to follow best practice to minimise risk.

Coronavirus advice 

***updated Monday, 1 June***

Cycling UK has updated its advice on cycling in groups following government updates across all four nations of the UK.  

While the general advice remains that people should stay at home where possible during the pandemic, guidance in England now allows for groups of up to six people from different households to ride together, unless any of them have reason to self-isolate, and providing social distancing is maintained.

Government guidance in Scotland allows up to eight people to cycle from two households. 

In Wales, there is no limit to the size of group as long as they are from two households.

In Northern Ireland, although six people can meet from other households outdoors whilst maintaining social distancing, it is unclear whether this allows for group riding.

Where group riding is allowed, cyclists should still observe good hygiene and Cycling UK advises leaving plenty of space when passing others and to avoid pulling in rapidly after overtaking another cyclist and causing them to end up in your slipstream.

Cycling UK's advice remains that it is advisable for people to cycle for their health, fitness and well-being. 

The guidance for avoiding contamination remains unchanged, keeping at least two metres away from anyone else, regularly washing your hands and catching coughs and sneezes in tissues and throwing them away immediately. See further advice on the NHS website. 

Please see our tips for social distance cycling here.

We will continue to evaluate the latest advice from Government and update our guidance accordingly. 

Statement from Cycling UK 

As the national cycling charity, our aim is to support the UK’s population to cycle. This remains true during this period of coronavirus affecting the UK. 

Above all, the safety and welfare of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, participants at our rides and events, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public is always our main priority. 

We are closely monitoring the situation and taking advice from the Government, the NHS and partners.  

Advice for Cycling UK groups and volunteers 

Following renewed advice from the Government, Cycling UK is advising cyclists that they can take part in group cycling activity in accordance with their nations guidance.  

On 1 June, the new guidance has come in effect, making it clear that there is no limit on duration or frequency of exercise, or the distance you can travel to exercise.

As a result of this revised guidance, Cycling UK has taken the decision to allow group riding and activities, in accordance with government guideline in their nations. 

In light of the latest Government advice on coronavirus, and guidance on social distancing designed to reduce the risk of spreading infection, group cover provided under the Organiser’s Liability insurance could potentially be invalid if a club or affiliated group decides to go against the advice issued by Cycling UK and arranges a large scale events and or large group rides.

For individual cyclists the Third Party Liability insurance included within membership will protect a member of the public against the risk of a cycling related incident involving an insured member. 

The safety and wellbeing of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, riders, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public remains our number one priority. 

Cycling UK will continue to monitor the situation and will be taking advice from the Government, the health sector and partners. 

Guidance for avoiding contamination remains the same: 

  • catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue and throwing them away immediately 

  • washing hands with soap and water regularly for at least 20 seconds (or using alcohol-based hand sanitiser if you're unable to wash your hands with soap and water) 

  • avoiding close contact with people who are unwell 

You can find more advice about avoiding Coronavirus on the NHS website.  

And more information about social distancing on the Government’s website


Following recent guidance released from, ​we ask that all of our volunteers and members stay at home if you have the below symptoms and do not attend Cycling UK activities which may still be happening despite the above stated advice. 

For your information, you are advised to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if you have: 

  • a new continuous cough and/or 

  • high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher). 

Do not go to a surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. 

Read recommended government stay at home advice and NHS coronavirus advice.  

Further updates 

We’ll continue to monitor the situation carefully and will update groups and areas via the website and Velocheer, our volunteer newsletter. If any further action is needed, such as the cancellation of rides and events, we will contact groups and event organisers directly.  

If you have any questions please see our coronavirus FAQ page here or contact the Volunteer Groups Engagement Officer on 01483 238338 or via

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