CTC is the largest and oldest independent cycling organisation in the world with more than 70,000 members and affiliates. CTC is run by cyclists for all 22 million UK cycle users, working to improve cyclists? rights and safety on road and increase offroad access to the unique countryside found only in Great Britain and the Irish Republic. CTC, which was formed in 1878, celebrates its 125th anniversary next year.
CTC provides members with information on all aspects of cycling bar racing. That includes worldwide route and travel advice, guidance on bikes and bike accessories and information on, and access to, hundreds of local, regional and national cycling events. Membership also means free third party liability cover and legal advice, a free copy of the annual cyclists? services guide Cyclists Welcome, our bi-monthly magazine Cycle and access to CTC holidays and a wealth of discounts from subscriptions to other organisations to travel and retail savings.
CTC has negotiated comprehensive Cyclecover cycle and travel insurance deals for cyclists and also offers a unique cycle rescue service. Unlike other policies, Cyclecover includes new for old replacement if your bike is stolen. CTC also runs an approved accommodation scheme and has its own credit card through which funds are raised for cycle campaigning each time the card is used.
Almost 400 people are now actively involved in our Right to Ride Network, campaigning for better provision and representation of cycling interests in their areas. Many other volunteers run our 64 local groups UK-wide which means that in every area there are regular rides taking place that could involve you.
And last year we set up the Cyclists? Defence Fund, a ring fenced account which will be used to protect and improve cyclists? rights in law.
CTC is committed to achieving the goals of the government?s National Cycling Strategy ? to treble the number of cycle journeys, against a 1996 base, by 2010 and quadruple that base figure by 2012. CTC believes that cyclists must defend all elements of the existing road and trail network as safe places to ride so that the diversity of cycling can be maintained.