ContinYou, UK Youth and and the CTC – the national cyclists’ organisation, set up bike clubs in cluster groups across England last summer. Funded by Cycling England and the Department for Transport over two years, Bike Club is an inspirational programme that builds cycling into the everyday lives of children and young people.
Cycling is not only about getting from A to B. It is about independence, health and well being, fun and adventure. This programme builds on young people’s needs and passions and is a safe and sustainable tool for engaging young people and opening up new opportunities.
If your school is already involved in a similar bike project, we would love to hear from you. Please email Emma Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your bike project or for more information.
Bike Club newsletters
Read about the launch event in Northern Ireland.
Read about the launch event in Wales.
Read about the launch event in Scotland.
Visit the Bike Club website.
Grants and membership
If you would like to set up a Bike Club activity, and you are located in one of the areas where we operate, you can apply for funding. First, we recommend you contact your local Bike Club Development Officer. They will help you apply for a grant. Download the relevant documents from the Bike Club website.
Even if you are not located in one of the areas where we work, you may still be able to join the Bike Club network and benefit from a range of support. Again, speak to your nearest Bike Club Development Officer, and then complete an application form.
You can find your nearest Bike Club Development Officer on the Bike Club website.
Over 70 people attended the launch event in Belfast on 18 November 2010. Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Michael McBride, was the guest speaker, and delighted everyone by making a pledge to cycle to work at least two days per week. Barry Flood, CTC Councillor for Ireland and Overseas, chaired the event and discussed the proposed helmet law for young people in Northern Ireland.
The Bike Club resource for Northern Ireland was launched at the event.
Read more about the launch on the Bike Club website.
Bike Club was launched in Glasgow, Scotland, on 30 June 2010. Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Harry Burns, was the guest speaker, who spoke about Scotland’s public health challenges and the benefits of cycling for young people.
The Scottish Bike Club start-up guide was launched at the event. Download the PDF for free:
Read more about the event, and view some photos, at the Bike Club website – Scotland launch.
On Wednesday, 9 June 2010 Clwb Beicio (Bike Club Wales) was launched at the Urdd Gobaith Cymru in Cardiff.
To read a report and see some photos of the event, please visit the Bike Club website – Wales launch.
You can also read coverage of the event here:
The Bike Club start-up guide for Wales was launched at the event. The guide contains information on funding opportunities, tips for setting up a Bike Club, useful resources … and much more! Download it for free: