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Who we are

Life Cycle UK is a registered charity (1077575) that has been transforming lives through cycling since 1999. Find out more about the lives we've transformed here.

Our Philosophy

We believe that cycling has a central role to play in improving individual lives, local communities and the environment. 

The bicycle doesn’t contribute to congestion, pollution or the general degradation to our urban environments.  It allows people to travel easily, conveniently and cheaply to access jobs, education, services - and to visit friends, engage in community life and feel connected to their surroundings.  It is an affordable from of independent travel accessible to most able bodied people, and some disabled people; it offers a non-weight bearing form of exercise, allowing people of all ages to keep physically active; and it helps people maintain good mental health. 

Increasing levels of cycling has a key part to play in tackling the Climate Emergency and Air Pollution Crisis.

Our Activities

Our work is underpinned by the belief that cycling is inherently simple, safe and accessible.  However, this view isn’t shared by everyone.

Our role is to demonstrate that cycling is not dangerous and that with the right skills and resources, almost anyone can cycle safely and confidently. We help change attitudes and behaviour towards cycling by giving people the skills and confidence to cycle safely; and provide thousands of free bike repairs and affordable refurbished bikes each year to those on low-incomes. 

We also offer practical, targeted support to individuals with disabilities, mental illness, offenders, isolated older people and disadvantaged young people through a range of award-winning “Inclusive Cycling Projects”.

Our Reach

Life Cycle UK is based in Bristol but operates in locations across England including: North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath, Swindon, Bournemouth, Hereford, Derbyshire and Nottingham.  Across all our services, we worked with 6,748 people in 2018-19.  

We have ambitious goals to help 30,000 more people become regular cyclists in the next three years.  If you are interested in partnering with us, we would love to hear from you.

Our Impact

Our work is nationally recognised and consistently found to create “exceptional social return on investment” (University of Bristol, University of Surrey & University of Brighton). Recent awards include:

  • Finalist: National Lottery Awards
  • Winner: Prison Reform Trust - "Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-integration"
  • Awarded: Earth Champions Foundation “Outstanding Award”
  • Awarded: The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

For more information about our impact, click here.