History

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 members at the end of the 19th century
CTC members at the end of the 19th century

CTC 1878 - 2014

The organisation has its origins in the early days of cycling when the bicycle opened up new horizons for independent travel. CTC set out to identify suitable hostelries for its members and include them in members’ guides and handbooks. Occasionally you will spot a round plaque on the wall of older hotels showing the CTC emblem of a winged wheel, indicating a long tradition of welcoming cyclists.

In 1936, CTC created a first cycling proficiency scheme in response to increasing cyclists’ casualties at the time. This was adopted as a national programme run by RoSPA in 1948 and has been in use almost ever since. Today, CTC is at the forefront of a next generation of cycle training and Bikeability.

News

Lest We Forget: how CTC honours fallen soliders
Cyclist Battalion from WW1
The Cyclists' War Memorial in Meriden was erected after the First World War and ever since then, CTC members have met every year to remember cyclists who have died as a result of war. This week...
Lest We Forget: How CTC supported those injured during WW1
Wreaths with the CTC badge and poppies
This year, one hundred years on, as we remember all those who lost their lives in World War 1, we would like to take some time to reflect on the role cycling and CTC had in the recovery of soldiers...
Marking the centenary of WW1
Wreath bearers walking towards Cyclists' War Memorial in Meriden
The next instalment of our podcast series is brought to you from the Cyclists' War Memorial in Meriden to mark the centenary of the start of WW1. This podcast is dedicated to all those who...

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The Cyclists Touring Club Gazette, October 1899
CTC's rich and vibrant history spans over a 130 years. The timeline charts the evolution from the Bicycle Touring Club of 1878 to today's national cycling charity.

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  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • 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

 

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