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by Shane Stokes
November 30, 2017
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Publishing its annual report for 2017, British Cycling has pushed for a goal to make cycling the number one form of transport for all short journeys in the country. “We are ambitious about the contribution we can make to our sport and wider society. More people cycling will make our towns and cities better places to live, reduce congestion and ease the obesity crisis,” said BC’s Chair Jonathan Browning.
“Discovering or rediscovering the simple pleasure of riding a bike can help with mental as well as physical health and our growing network of clubs and volunteers are working to build a sport which is increasingly inclusive and diverse.”
The report emerges at the same time as YouGov research commissioned for British Cycling shows that 37% of parents aren’t currently prepared to let their children cycle to school. Chief executive Julie Harrington has said that one way to address this is to invest in cycling infrastructure to protect those cycling. She said this would also help bring through those who could form the future of the competitive wing of the sport.
She also said that progress has been made in relation to the pressure for BC to change. “When an organisation has been as successful as we have over the last two decades it is right and proper that you are able to answer some tough questions.
“Substantial progress has been made and we will continue to welcome those tough questions. However there can be no room for complacency and my first priority is to ensure that we can live up to our ambition to be a world leading governing body of which all our members can be proud of, and ultimately achieve our ambition of transforming Britain into a great cycling nation.”