About CTC

CTC - Working for Cycling
CTC - Working for Cycling
CTC, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling.

We work to protect and promote cycling to create a healthier, cleaner world, now and for the future. We want the UK to be a place where it’s easy and safe for people of all ages to cycle, whatever their ability, background or income. We believe that cycling is more than just transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.

We encourage all types of cycling, on the road or off it.  We support you if you already ride, or would like to ride, to work or school, for health, touring, sport and leisure – or just because it’s fun.

We’ve been working for cycling for over a century. Nationally and locally, we use our knowledge to influence decision makers and help people discover how cycling can change lives.

  • We provide expert, practical help and advice.
  • We support individuals and communities.
  • We protect cyclists’ interests.
  • We campaign to make cycling mainstream and to remove the things that stop people cycling.
  • We help people develop the confidence and skills to cycle.
  • We promote the benefits of cycling to individuals, to society and to the economy.

CTC is an independent charity, and relies on 70,000 members, volunteers, grant funders and partners for support. Without them, we would not be able to do our vital work in communities inspiring hundreds of thousands of people across the UK to cycle.

Why support CTC?

Whether you’re new to cycling, ride regularly or want to get back into it, we cater for you. With over 130 years’ experience to share, we are passionate about helping more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling.

As an independent charity, we are heavily reliant on voluntary donations for funding. You can help us grow and support our work by becoming a member.

Here are ten reasons to join CTC:

  1. Help encourage thousands more people to cycle and keep cycling
  2. Give cycling a louder voice – we campaign to promote cycling
  3. Be part of a 70,000 strong network that looks after cyclists
  4. Enjoy the support and inspiration of your local cycling community
  5. Access our expertise to help make your neighbourhood cycle-friendly
  6. Choose from thousands of free, diverse local rides
  7. Discover new routes – we have a vast library of them
  8. Ride with peace of mind – you’ll be covered by £10m third party insurance and will benefit from a cycling-related legal helpline
  9. Take advantage of cycling advice by phone, email or on the forum. There aren’t many questions about cycling that we can’t answer
  10. Enjoy our award-winning magazine ‘Cycle’ six times a year

In This Section:

Policies and Procedures
This area of the site contains all the detailed information you need about CTC as an organisation – its structure, how it is run, its staff and volunteers, policies and contact details.
Working for Cycling
Certificate of Merit is awarded to members for outstanding service to the CTC and to cycling. Certificate of Commendation is awarded to those outside of the CTC for outstanding service to cycling and to cyclists.
CTC members at the end of the 19th century
CTC has a long and illustrious history, it was founded in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club and subsequently re-named the Cyclists' Touring Club, we are the forerunners of a world wide network of cycling, motoring and tourism organisations, many of whom based their services on CTC’s.
CTC National Council
CTC Council is the body elected by you, the members, to take CTC forward and ensure that what we do benefits cycling.
CTC National Office
The CTC team is based all over the UK, with many staff working alongside our partner organisations or from home. Support teams, such as Information, Campaigns & Policy, Marketing and Finance are based at our national office in Guildford.
The winged wheel emblem - a sign that cyclists are welcome
Long before Michelin started handing out stars, CTC’s emblem on your business was the ultimate accolade. And it is still a mark that you are something special as you can welcome cyclists to your premises and provide the extra facilities they may need such as secure cycle parking.

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  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Gordon Seabright
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541
  • CTC Charitable Trust: A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.5125969. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1104324 and Scotland No SC038626


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