businesscycle is a partnership between Business in the Community, Transport for London, British Cycling, Cycle to Work Alliance and Department for Transport which aims to get more people cycling to, from and in work.
Business in the Community (BitC) is a business-led charity focused on promoting responsible business practice. We ask our members to work together to transform communities by tackling issues where business can make a real difference. Our members help to transform communities by tackling key social and environmental issues and in doing so, transform themselves. By acting responsibility, a sustainable future for all can be secured. BITC also has a great campaign called Start. Start is an initiative to help people across the UK lead more sustainable lives and to show what a more energy efficient, cleaner and healthier future could look like. Play the video to find out more.
Transport for London (TfL) was created in 2000 and is the integrated body responsible for the Capital's transport system. Its main role is to implement the Mayor's Transport Strategy for London and manage transport services across the Capital for which the Mayor has responsibility. These services include London’s buses, Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground, Tramlink, River Services and Victoria Coach Station.
TfL also has a number of other responsibilities, including promoting a range of walking and cycling initiatives. Recent initiatives include delivering the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, designing and building the Barclays Cycle Superhighways, providing advice and free maps to cyclists, and providing free cycle parking to businesses.
British Cycling is the national governing body for cycling. Based in Manchester at the National Cycling Centre, British Cycling works across all levels and six disciplines of the sport from providing the support and encouragement people need to start riding their bikes for the first time, to being home to the hugely successful Great Britain and Team Sky Cycling Teams. British Cycling also works hard to represent cyclists’ interests at all levels, including campaigning on important issues such as road safety. As a membership organisation, British Cycling provides a suite of benefits and support to its members who currently number over 50,000 with all membership revenue being invested back into cycling.
The Cycle to Work Alliance brings together a group of leading providers of the cycle to work scheme, including Cyclescheme, Cycle Solutions, Evans Cycles and Halfords. Cycle to work Alliance have come together to highlight the benefits of cycling in terms of health, the environment and employee engagement. The government has set ambitious targets for improving public health, cutting carbon emissions and creating a more sustainable transport system, all of which have to be achieved at a time when public spending is being cut back. The Cycle to Work Alliance’s work to help the government and businesses achieve their goals, while at the same time improving employee engagement and supporting the cycling industry.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is the government department responsible for the English transport network. The DfT vision is for a transport system that is an engine for economic growth, but one that is also greener and safer and improves quality of life in our communities. A key departmental priority is to encourage sustainable local travel and the DfT is working to make cycling safer, more attractive, and more accessible. DfT supports and funds a number of initiatives to promote cycling including preparing guidance notes to support cyclists, developing and administering the Bikeability cycle training, and running advertising and awareness campaigns. DfT also provides funding to organisations to implement cycle safety improvements through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.