Sport England has provided British Cycling with a funding injection worth £5,690,000, taking its total investment in grassroots cycling to more than £17m.
The cash will be used by British Cycling to continue working in the mass market over the next two years, encouraging those who currently cycle less than once a week to ride their bikes more regularly.
Particular emphasis will be given to women, young people and those with a disability and/or life-limiting illness, with the aim of broadening cycling’s appeal and supporting work to make the UK a fitter and more sustainable society.
Martin Merryweather, British Cycling’s Strategy Director, said: “This funding award is fantastic news, and gives us additional momentum and impetus as we look forward to 2019, building on British Cycling’s reputation for successfully combining elite success and increased participation.
“It is our intention to continue to develop and evolve programmes which effectively inspire people from all walks of life to take up cycling, through industry-leading research, insight and dedication.”
In 2017, Sport England funded the national governing body for cycle sport in Great Britain with £7m help regular riders stay cycling and also contributed £4.62m towards helping talented athletes.
Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith, said: “The 2017 investment we made into British Cycling has already prompted huge increases in participation of its programmes with a focus on clear gains to people’s health, mental wellbeing and individual development.
“13 million people in England have bikes but don’t cycle regularly, citing a lack of confidence and feeling unsafe on the roads as barriers that put them off.
“We’re delighted to be offering British Cycling further investment to develop its programmes further and improve the cycling infrastructure with partnerships with the Department of Transport, and the National Trust.”
Sport England has also announced a £15m funding injection to be channelled directly in to local community cycling facilities as part of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, delivered in partnership with British Cycling.
Merriweather added: “This is a fantastic boost for recreational cycling as we look forward to 2019, and we’re extremely grateful to Sport England for giving us the opportunity to continue this vital work.”