Cycling is a fun and healthy way to stay active and explore your community, but it’s even better when you have a community to share it with. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just starting out, there are plenty of cycling communities out there that can help you connect with other riders, learn new skills, and make a positive impact on your community. In this post, we’ll introduce you to 10 cycling communities that are worth checking out.
1. The Chainlink
The Chainlink is a community of cyclists in Chicago. They organise group rides, post cycling-related news and events, and provide a forum for cyclists to connect with each other. The Chainlink also advocates for better bike infrastructure in Chicago and works to promote cycling as a safe and viable mode of transportation.
2. World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief is a non-profit organisation that provides bicycles to people in need around the world. Their mission is to improve access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity by providing reliable transportation. They also offer training and support to help individuals and communities make the most of their bicycles.
3. London Cycling Campaign
The London Cycling Campaign is a community of cyclists in London who advocate for better bike infrastructure and safer cycling conditions. They organise events and campaigns to promote cycling, offer support and advice to cyclists, and work with local authorities to improve bike infrastructure. They also offer a range of membership benefits, including insurance and discounts on cycling gear.
4. London Brompton Club
The London Brompton Club (LBC) is a cycling group for owners & enthusiasts of Brompton folding bicycles – the UK’s largest bike manufacturer. They are primarily a London based club, but their calendar of rides go well beyond the city. They have members from all across the UK and you can take part in the rides via their Facebook Group they also have friendships with Brompton Clubs around the world.
5. League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists is a national advocacy group that promotes cycling as a healthy, sustainable, and fun mode of transportation. The organisation offers resources and training to help individuals and communities become better cyclists and advocates for better bike infrastructure and safer cycling conditions across the United States.
CycloFemme is a community of women cyclists that aims to inspire and empower women through cycling. They organise group rides, offer support and advice to women cyclists, and advocate for better bike infrastructure and safer cycling conditions for women. They also host an annual ride on Mother’s Day to celebrate the power of women and cycling.
B-BUDDIES CIC is a family run Community Interest Company based in Leicestershire. Sophie (Daughter) is the CEO, Martin (Dad) is the Chair of the Board and Workshop Manager, Colette (Mum) is the Safeguarding/Welfare Officer and Kieran (Son) is a Cycle Instructor and Mechanic. Between them they have a wide range of skills and expertise in the world of cycling and can cater for people of all needs, ages and abilities. They have numerous qualifications in coaching, bike maintenance and special needs.
8. Black Girls Do Bike
Black Girls Do Bike is a community of black women who share a passion for cycling. The group aims to create a supportive and inclusive space where black women can connect, learn, and ride together. They organise rides and events across the United States and have chapters in over 90 cities. Check out their website to find a chapter near you.
PeopleForBikes is a national advocacy group that works to promote cycling as a safe, healthy, and fun mode of transportation. They advocate for better bike infrastructure and safer cycling conditions across the United States, as well as providing resources and support for individuals and communities to become better cyclists. PeopleForBikes also hosts an annual summit where cyclists, industry leaders, and advocates can come together to share ideas and discuss the future of cycling.
10. Fat Lad at the Back – Social Rides
FLAB Social Rides are established to help members of the FLAB community find people to ride with. FLAB Social Rides are coordinated by members of the FLAB community.
Cycling is not just a physical activity, but it can be a way of life, a mode of transportation, and a way to connect with a community of like-minded individuals. Whether you’re looking for a group to go on leisurely rides with, or an organisation to advocate for better cycling conditions in your city, these 10 cycling communities offer a variety of opportunities to connect with other riders and make a positive impact on your community. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your bike and join a cycling community today!