Previous campaigns

Cycling UK has been campaigning on behalf of cyclists and potential cyclists for more than 140 years. In that time we’ve seen some significant successes, as well as a few losses. Read on to find out more about our previous campaigns

Cycling UK as a long and distinguished history of campaigning on behalf of all those who cycle, from better access to the countryside and the right to use roads to better traffic laws and safe infrastructure. The organisation was founded in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club. The main objectives of the BTC were to encourage cycle tourism, safeguard the rights of cyclists, improve road conditions for bicycling, and build a fellowship among cyclists.

Changing its name to Cyclists’ Touring Club in 1883, it secured its first campaign success in 1885 when Richmond and The Regent’s Park become the first of several royal parks opened to cyclists as a result of CTC action.

CTC became Cycling UK in 2016, and we’re still campaigning for cyclists’ rights. Below you can find out more about our previous campaigns. You can also find our current campaigns here.

Off-road access for cycling

Cycling UK history

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