British Cycling Places to Ride Programme

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Published date: 
Monday, 2nd September 2019

The Places to Ride Programme is provided by a £15 million commitment from Government and will be delivered over a three-year period through a partnership of British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).

The programme is designed to support a lasting legacy from the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire and to ensure that the championships have a far-reaching and lasting impact on cycling participation across the country.

The key objectives of the programme are to:

  • Inspire people to ride.
  • Connect the community
  • Build a lasting legacy.

The funder is looking for organisations that ‘really understand’ cycling in their local community.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations located in England, including:

  • Clubs (existing and new).
  • Local authorities.
  • Community organisations.
  • Education establishments.
  • Charitable organisations.

There are two levels of funding:

  • Small grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 are available. It is expected that the average grant will be much less than £50,000.
  • Larger grants of up to £500,000.

Eligible Expenditure

The funding is intended to support dedicated cycling facilities, free from traffic and designed to encourage participation from existing and new cyclists. A flexible approach will be taken to facilities and applicants are encouraged to present their own ideas about the specific facilities being planned.

Typical characteristics of a Places to Ride facility will:

  • Be traffic-free.
  • Provide one or more opportunities to participate, for example BMX, track-cycling, mountain biking, etc.
  • Possibly include a modest learn-to-ride area for children and young people at the early stages of developing their cycling skills and confidence.
  • Be open to all the community – ideally with programmes/sessions designed to encourage local people to get involved.
  • Offer cycling opportunities to people who may not have access to, or be able to afford equipment needed – for example be able to provide relevant cycles, helmets and any other equipment.
  • Be possibly located alongside other sports/activities to encourage a much broader appeal across all sections of the community and encourage social interaction.

Examples of projects that might be funded include:

  • New cycling facilities.
  • Improvements to existing cycling facilities, such as lighting, fencing, workshop space or toilets.
  • Learn to ride areas.
  • Combined and co-located schemes with various cycling facility types available.
  • Equipment such as bicycles, specialised bicycles, storage facilities, data-tracking monitors, coaching equipment, etc.
  • Cycling kit and equipment.
  • Training equipment.
  • Cycle storage.
  • Other items that can support innovative solutions to getting more people riding bikes, eg, using technology.

There is a two-stage application process.

Stage one applications can be submitted at any time until 15 January 2021.
Stage two applications are by invitation only and full details will be provided at that time.

It is recommended that applicants discuss their ideas before starting the application process with the relevant Cycling Delivery Manager, who can help to refine their ideas and provide feedback on lessons learnt from other projects.  For the North West region contact: Rob Pickering - / 07384 214 078

Applications can be submitted at any time until 15 January 2021. Decisions will be made every 12 weeks.

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