National Cycling Bodies & Organisations in Scotland
As you can see from the list below there are many National Bodies whose work impacts on the cycling scene in the north east of Scotland. However if you are looking for a group who is more locally focused then see our page on Cycle Campaign Groups.
Formerly known as the Scottish Cyclists' Union, but now rebranded as Scottish Cycling, this is the governing body for cycle-sport in Scotland. They are an internationally recognised governing body, with offices in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome Glasgow, and administer the sport in the following disciplines: BMX, Cycle Speedway, Cyclo-Cross, Mountain Bike, Road and Track.
Cycling Scotland's vision is: To establish cycling as an acceptable, attractive and practical lifestyle option for people in Scotland, thereby making cycling a positive, rewarding and easily accessible experience.
Scottish Downhill Association
The Scottish Downhill Association (SDA for short) promote and champion Downhill Mountain Biking racing in Scotland. They are also organisers of the season long series of downhill races held throughout the country.
Pedal on Parliament
Pedal on Parliament is a grassroots campaign group that wants Scotland to be a cycle friendly nation, a place where active travel is safe and enjoyable. Set up in 2012, it seeks improvements to make conditions on Scotland's roads suitable for those aged from 8 to 80.
Cycling UK, as the name suggests, is a UK national cycling organisation. They recognise the different needs of the devolved nations in the UK, and in Scotland have a development officer and team who work across a range of different projects in local communities. Cycling UK offer a comprehensive and specialised service for the leisure and commuting cyclist by way of technical advice, information, specialist mail order, a magazine, cycling related legal advice and support, insurance, organised tours, thousands of cycling events annually, and the opportunity to be part of the UK's largest cycling organisation with more than 70,000 members and supporters throughout the world.
Sustrans - the sustainable transport charity - works on practical projects to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport in order to reduce motor traffic and its adverse effects. In Scotland they work with various partners to help achieve a network of safe cycle routes across the country.
Audax United Kingdom, established in 1976, is the internationally recognised long-distance cycling association in the UK. It oversees the running of non-competitive long-distance cycling events in the UK, and, using a system of timed checkpoints, validates and records every successful ride.
TLI Cycling, or as they used to be known - The League International, exists to provide no frills, minimum fuss, grass roots, cycle sport for all abilities and all ages; from under 10's to over 100's. Races are usually age related with awards for each age category, those who are less fit or less disciplined with their diet can race with an older age category. TLI is run entirely by unpaid volunteers.
Other Organisations Promoting Cycling
Cycling Clubs & Cycle Groups
Your local cycling club is a positive statement for cycling, not least just by being visible on the road. Check out our comprehensive list of the bike clubs, and cycle groups in the north east of Scotland and find one to join.
Cycle Campaigns & Advocacy
There are numerous local Cycle Campaign and Advocacy groups working to improve conditions for cyclists in north east Scotland. They lobby for cycling across many fronts including the Scottish Government, city councils, the police, other government bodies, and the media. Campaigns include provision of cycle lanes, improved cycle parking, and even the building of new mountain bike trails. Have a look at the Cycle Campaign groups currently active in the north east of Scotland and consider how you can help them to improve the local cycling landscape.