Together we’re getting more people on bikes!
British Cycling is on track to deliver a real Olympic legacy – thanks to all our partners. The latest Active People survey* from Sport England – out today – shows that a massive 161,000 more people are cycling now than six months ago.
This growth in participation is as a result of lots of activity from Sky Ride mass participation events to local led rides, informal riding like Breeze and a steady increase in cycling events at all levels. Last year, over 200,000 people took part in Sky Ride events and thousands more enjoyed charity rides, sportives, club and informal riding.
Participation among women has risen, which is fantastic news. 54,000 more women are cycling now than six months ago thanks to initiatives like Breeze. Together we’re closing the cycling gap.
The figures also show that there has been an increase in participation among people with a disability and we’re committed to doing more work with our partners to grow this further.
British Cycling Chief Executive, Ian Drake, says: 'We’re on course to achieve our target of delivering a sustainable participation legacy before the Games thanks to our partnerships with Sport England, Sky and local authorities, without whom we would not be seeing these results today. These successes are also a credit to the fantastic work of our volunteers – at regional, club and event level – thank you all.'
British Cycling has a growth target set by Sport England (for 2009 – 13) of 150,000 more people cycling at least once a week. With everyone’s support we’re currently exceeding this target – what a great way to celebrate this most amazing year for cycling.
The number of people taking part in sportives and competitive cycling is growing. 20,000 people are now regularly racing across all disciplines and there are almost 3,500 competitive cycling events a year. And there are lots more cycling events for young people. 100 Go-Ride clubs have signed up to take part in the Go-Ride Games – a national summer festival of cycling for young people. Last year, British Cycling delivered over 100,000 opportunities for young people to get into cycling. British Cycling membership continues to rise and grew by another 1,000 in the last month. There are now almost 50,000 British Cycling members, all advocates for cycling at all levels.
As we celebrate our shared success we’re more focused than ever on spreading the word and helping more people have fun on bikes in this special summer. Thank you for being part of it.
*The Active People Survey is the largest ever survey of sport and active recreation to be undertaken in Europe. It’s been running since 2005.