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We Ride

We all have our reasons to ride

We ride to work or to school, to improve our health and wellbeing, to empower others. We ride for change, for the environment, for a sustainable future. We ride for competition, for travel, for the challenge. And we ride for the simple joy that cycling can bring.

The #WeRide campaign is about celebrating the many different types of cyclists and inspiring people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities and genders to ride too.


Did you know?

  • The number of cycling trips women made in England rose by 56 per cent in 2020, official statistics from the Department for Transport show. Meanwhile, for men, there was a 12 per cent rise in the average number of cycle rides made per person in 2020 that formed part of a greater journey, compared with the year before.

However, overall, men are still cycling more often that women, though the gap is narrowing. While in 2019 men cycled almost three times as often as women, in 2020 this fell to twice as many.

  • 2021 was the first recorded year that Black, Asian and minority ethnic Londoners were as likely to have cycled as White Londoners, Transport for London (TfL) statistics show. Twenty-seven per cent as a whole had cycled over the past 12 months, compared with 24 per cent of Black people, 25 per cent of Asian people and 31 per cent of people from mixed backgrounds.

The report also found that one in five people who don't cycle are now actively considering cycling, which could increase participation levels to more than 40 per cent of Londoners.

In addition, the research found that half of Black and Asian non-cyclists (49 per cent and 46 per cent respectively) are open to starting to cycle. 

Working together

As organisers of RideLondon, we at London Marathon Events are working with a number of community groups to improve participation across all sections of our society. These include:

Essex cycling organisations

We're also working with organisations in Essex to encourage greater involvement in cycling across communities:

The London Marathon Charitable Trust

London Marathon Events is proud that, after costs, 100 per cent of our annual surplus is gifted to The London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT), which in turn provides funding to projects that inspire activity for people of all ages and abilities.

Since its founding in 1981, LMCT has given more than £10.5 million to more than 70 projects that inspire people to get cycling, including Access Sport, Bikeworks, Cycle Sisters, Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, Lee Valley VeloPark, The National Trust, Transport for Greater Manchester, Transport for London and Wheels for Wellbeing.