Cycling continues to grow


The results from Sport England’s Active People survey show that the number of women cycling has risen dramatically in the last 12 months – almost 63,000 more women are cycling regularly.


British Cycling Breeze


It is believed that British Cycling’s Breeze programme offering female-only led bike rides has contributed to this rise, as have the inspirational performances by our female cyclists this year. 


The results of the survey show that over 200,000 more people are cycling at least once per week than were in October 2011. British Cycling is exceeding the ambitious growth target set by Sport England four years ago by over 75,000. This brings the total number of people in England now cycling at least once per week to just under two million. 


There has also been a significant increase in organised participation. British Cycling’s Sky Ride initiative, the rise in sportives and a healthy racing calendar are attracting more people to become regular cyclists. In the last four years, there has been a 29% increase in the number of organised competitive events and a 145% increase in the number of non-competitive events on offer from British Cycling.




Since 2009 British Cycling and its Principal Partner Sky have been working together to get more people cycling and they have organised 49 mass participation traffic-free city centre events attended by almost 650,000 people.   There were also more than 5,000 free community bike rides for anyone to join, including women-only rides and 1,500 Ride Leaders have been trained to deliver them.


In addition, over 100,000 younger people have been engaged in British Cycling’s Go-Ride programme over the past four years.


So it’s official, it is cool to be a cyclist!



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