Cycling information sources

Searching the web for hours means less time out there. The following links should make it easier and quicker to find exactly what you need. If you’d like to add more, just contact us with the info and we’ll consider adding them.

Bike Hub
A mine of information on UK cycle-related matters and a starting point for surfing the web for cycle stuff. The site is a joint initiative of the Bicycle Association and the Association of Cycle Traders via the Bike Hub levy scheme. The site started life as Bikeforall.net, which was seed-funded by the Department for Transport via the National Cycling Strategy Board as was.

UK Mountain Biker
A starting point for UK-wide off-road riding information, from easy peasy flat routes for everyone to those black routes for experts.

UK Directory of Council Cycle Maps
This is organised by country (England, N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales) and by county, listing links and .pdf files of cycle route maps produced by local councils. Not sure how often it’s updated.

Bicycle news and videos
Snippets to inform and entertain from Carlton Reid, who also edits Bike Hub and Bike Biz.

National Organisations and Projects

CTC
UK membership organisation helping cyclists and campaigning to make cycling enjoyable, safe and welcoming for all.

Sustrans
UK sustainable transport charity involved in creating cycle and walking routes, often traffic-free. Their many projects include Safe Routes to Schools and Free Range Kids (reasons and ideas for getting children out and about and active).

CycleNation – new name for the umbrella group of local cycling groups and campaigns.

Cycling England – defunct since 1st April 2011.
This national body co-ordinated the development of cycling across England for…’more people cycling, more safely, more often…’. Supported by various Government departments. Included the establishment of cycling demonstration towns.

Axed because it was a quango, despite only costing ‘the same to run per year as building 5 metres of motorway’ according to BikeBiz.com

Cycling Scotland
National body promoting cycling and funded by the Scottish government (note – not axed).

Folding Society
Online info for all interested in folding bikes, and ‘origami’ rides too.

Magazines

A to B magazine is quirky but still an entertaining and informative read about low carbon living, including commuting and shopping, with reviews of folding and electric bikes plus comments on cycle-related items including rail travel. Printed or online version every other month.

Cycling Plus
Monthly print magazine for recreational riders.

Cycling World
This online magazine arose from the ashes of its print version, with interesting reading for everyday and holidaying cyclists.

Velo Vision
A quarterly print magazine about specialised bikes, cycling as transport, and the human power scene. Everyday utility cycling, recumbents, folders, tandems, adaptations for different abilities. ‘It’s a quarterly dose of cycle inspiration.’

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