Cycling CitizensMK launches Year 7 School Travel report

Following a survey of 1,173 Year 7 students across 12 MK secondary schools, the following report has been launched. The report will be received by senior MK councillors before a ‘Follow the Rabbit‘ cycle ride through Central Milton Keynes on Thursday 28th March. Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children & Families, said:  ‘We know … Continue reading Cycling CitizensMK launches Year 7 School Travel report

Ringway hosts Mayor’s Cycling Awards Tea

On Thursday 14th March, primary school leaders from across Milton Keynes received Mayor’s Cycling Awards for their achievements in Bikeability training and Modeshift STARS progress. The event was hosted by Ringway Infrastructure Services and attended by 25 guests. Awards were also made to secondary schools which have excelled in the MK Secondary Schools Cycling Challenge. After … Continue reading Ringway hosts Mayor’s Cycling Awards Tea

Cycling Santas ready to ride again in 2024

At 10.30am on Saturday 14th December 2024, 500 MK residents will rally at Station Square, MK9 1LA, and set off on a short ride through Central Milton Keynes to Campbell Park and back (see photo story of last year’s event). This will be a formal world record attempt. Register here now to participate, including a … Continue reading Cycling Santas ready to ride again in 2024

Cycling Santas thrill CMK shoppers

Shoppers stopped to cheer and wave as 135 MK residents, including MK’s Deputy-Mayor and senior councillors, cycled through the city centre in Santa suits. At 10.30am on Saturday 16th December, the Cycling Santas rallied at Station Square for a short ride to Campbell Park. Following last year’s pilot ride, this was a rehearsal for a … Continue reading Cycling Santas thrill CMK shoppers

Madison Cycles hosts Mayor’s Cycling Awards

On Thursday 23rd November, Madison Cycles’ CEO Dom Langan welcomed 34 people from 19 MK’s businesses and education organisations to celebrate the results of this term’s MK Business Cycling Challenge and MK Schools Cycling Challenge. “It was a pleasure to host the Cycling Citizens MK awards at Madison and to be joined by the Mayor and Lady … Continue reading Madison Cycles hosts Mayor’s Cycling Awards

Schools Cycling Challenge 2023-24

Following the success of school cycling competitions and other activities in September 2021, April 2022, July 2022 and July 2023, MK secondary schools are invited to participate in the following activities during school year 2023-24 (primary schools are doing Bikeability Olympics): MK Inter-schools Competition Mayor’s Cycling Awards will be presented for the following achievements: Results … Continue reading Schools Cycling Challenge 2023-24

Cycling CitizensMK Alliance launch at Parks Trust

Deputy Mayoress Marie Bradburn joined leaders from member organisations and supporters to launch the Cycling CitizensMK alliance at Campbell Park Pavilion. “We’re pleased to be hosting this, proud to be a founder member,” said Julie Dawes, Events and Community Engagement Manager for The Parks Trust. Nudrat Hopper and Tom Bulman, both Community Organisers of Citizens … Continue reading Cycling CitizensMK Alliance launch at Parks Trust

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Mayor’s Cycling Breakfast 6.7.23

On Thursday 6th July, 20 leaders from 13 business and education institutions attended the third Mayor’s Cycle Breakfast & Awards of the year, which was hosted by The Open University (photo story of last one on 16th March). The meeting was organised by Cycling CitizensMK, a project funded by grants from MK City Council’s Economic … Continue reading Mayor’s Cycling Breakfast 6.7.23

Council Leader listens to Cycling CitizensMK leaders

Cycling CitizensMK recently scored an important win:  inclusion of specific pro-cycling goals in the Council’s Delivery Plan 23/24 (pts 73 & 74). Setting the goal of achieving Level 2 or higher with Active Travel England opens the prospect of additional funding from central government to improve cycling and walking infrastructure in Milton Keynes. This win … Continue reading Council Leader listens to Cycling CitizensMK leaders

MAYOR’S CYCLING AWARDS BREAKFAST 16.3.23 AGENDA

Inviting leaders of MK’s businesses and education organisations, this event celebrated the achievements of participants in the MK Business Cycling Challenge and the MK Schools Cycling Challenge (awards below). This event was held in MK Community Foundation, Margaret Powell House, 417 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes, MK9 3BN – also on zoom link https://cuk.zoom.us/j/3863655749. (See photo story of … Continue reading MAYOR’S CYCLING AWARDS BREAKFAST 16.3.23 AGENDA

City leaders welcome report on cycling to school

Leaders from MK business, Council and voluntary organisations reacted positively to the findings of a large-scale survey of students’ travel behaviours and attitudes. The survey of 2500 secondary school students showed 12% of Year 7 students cycle to school while 50% are driven. And of those living within a 15-minute cycle ride, nearly 40% are … Continue reading City leaders welcome report on cycling to school

Cycling Santas bring joy to city centre

On 22nd December, 42 Cycling Santas left The Old Bus Station for a short ride through Central Milton Keynes to Campbell Park and back and made many friends. This was the second year of preparation for a world record-breaking attempt in 2023 (see video and photos of last year here). The event was reported by … Continue reading Cycling Santas bring joy to city centre

Mayor’s Cycling & Sustainability Awards, Autumn 2022

Following the 50-Day Workplace Challenger recorded by the Better Points app the first phase of MK Schools Cycling Challenge 2022-23, MK Mayor Amanda Marlow presented the awards at a breakfast hosted by Network Rail on 10th November. 35 people attended from 19 MK business, education and voluntary organisations interested in increasing the number of people … Continue reading Mayor’s Cycling & Sustainability Awards, Autumn 2022

Watling Academy students cycling to school

Watling Academy is MK’s leading school for the proportion of its students who cycle to school. One in nine students make the journey from home to school by bicycle. This is the result of a recent survey of all MK secondary schools based on counting the number of bicycles on school premises. Kents Hill Park … Continue reading Watling Academy students cycling to school

Schools Cycling Challenge 2022-23

Following the success of school cycling competitions and other activities in September 2021, December 2021, April 2022 and July 2022, MK secondary schools are invited to participate in the following activities during school year 2022-23 (primary schools are doing Bikeability Olympics): MK Inter-schools Competition Mayor’s Cycling Awards will be presented for the following achievements: Leaderboard … Continue reading Schools Cycling Challenge 2022-23

Mayor’s Cycling & Sustainable Travel Awards Breakfast 10.11.22

This round of Mayor’s Cycling Awards will celebrate the active and sustainable travel achievements of participants in the 50-Day Workplace Challenger, as recorded by the Better Points app, and also the first phase of the MK Schools Cycling Challenge 2022-23 (awards and prizes below). This event will be hosted by Network Rail at The Quadrant, … Continue reading Mayor’s Cycling & Sustainable Travel Awards Breakfast 10.11.22

MK new kid on block for cycling

120 people from across Milton Keynes gathered for a short cycle ride through the city centre to celebrate MK’s new city status and recent increases in cycling to school and work in MK delivered by Cycling CitizensMK. See: One-minute event trailer video 5-minute video showing action and comments Photo gallery below. “I always thought Cambridge … Continue reading MK new kid on block for cycling

Mayor celebrates cycling with egg hunt through city centre

MK Mayor Mohammed Khan presented awards to businesses and schools for their achievements in the Ride Anywhere 21st-27th March competitions. The Radcliffe School, The Open University and Volkswagen Financial Services topped the leader boards (see full results for businesses and schools). Following free Dr Bike services from Cycle Saviours, and an introduction by MK Community Foundation … Continue reading Mayor celebrates cycling with egg hunt through city centre

Mayor celebrates MK citizens cycling more this winter

According to data from online platform Love To Ride, MK residents have bicycled more this winter than last winter. Results from two ‘Winter Wheelers‘ competitions promoted by Cycling CitizensMK, funded by MK Council with prizes from John Lewis and Trek Bikes, show a total of 1,500 rides covering nearly 14,000 miles between 1st-25th December. Among … Continue reading Mayor celebrates MK citizens cycling more this winter

Mayor’s Bicycling Breakfast celebrates Winter Wheelers winners

On 17th February, MK business and school leaders met to celebrate the winners of a Winter Wheelers cycling competitions, and discuss next steps in helping MK to become the UK’s leading cycle city. Hosted by Willen Hospice and supported by MK Council, the event was attended by representatives from several high-profile MK organisations attended: ICAEW, … Continue reading Mayor’s Bicycling Breakfast celebrates Winter Wheelers winners

Cycling Santas bring cheer to CMK

Following big increases in cycling through campaigns earlier this year (Bike Month June and Cycling September), Cycling CitizensMK has been running two Winter Wheelers competitions in December, one for businesses and one for schools. To celebrate MK’s winter cycling, there was a rally of 34 Cycling Santas in Station Square (video above), the biggest number … Continue reading Cycling Santas bring cheer to CMK

Business leaders meet to promote employee cycling

On 25th November, 18 people attended MK’s first Business Cycling Breakfast to promote employee cycling and a cycling competition for businesses during Winter Wheelers 1st-25th December. The event was hosted by Willen Hospice in CMK. After an introduction by chair Deborah Cooper of MK Cycle Forum, Tony Nelson, Principal of The Hazeley Academy, talked about … Continue reading Business leaders meet to promote employee cycling

Business Cycling Breakfast 25.11.21

Thursday 25TH November 2021, 8.30-9.30am at Willen Hospice Store, 1 Grafton Gate East, MK9 1AH (see map and parking details below). inviting representatives from MK’s leading cycling companies (see results of Cycle September) to share best practice in encouraging employee cycling and promote the cycling competition for businesses during Winter Wheelers 1st-25th December. AGENDA 8.15              … Continue reading Business Cycling Breakfast 25.11.21

Orchard Top of Cycling CitizensMK league table

Orchard Academy primary school has taken top spot in a new league table of CitizensMK members and partner organisations. At 21st March, three weeks into MK Council’s Ride It Out promotion month, Orchard has four of its staff in the top 7 riders who have cycled most miles. One is Michelle Carter (pictured above), who … Continue reading Orchard Top of Cycling CitizensMK league table

Cycling CitizensMK

The aim of the alliance is to increase the number of MK residents who cycle by using the method of Community Organising. This will reduce carbon emissions, improve personal health and reduce personal financial costs. See Vision, Membership, Events and Actions and Wins to date. Background This project began in January 2021 with the aim … Continue reading Cycling CitizensMK

Mayor’s Celebration Cycle Ride through CMK

At 5.30pm on Thursday 16th May, business and education leaders from across Milton Keynes will meet in Station Square to thank MK’s Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Mick and Mandy Legg, for their support of cycling in their mayoral year. At three Mayor’s Cycling Awards events they have presented 23 awards to 16 schools and 7 … Continue reading Mayor’s Celebration Cycle Ride through CMK

Cycle parking action on CMK Sainsburys

On an evening of high wind and rain, a group of 10 hardy cyclists met in Station Square. After an introduction from Ian Revell, CEO of MK Community Foundation, a message of cycling support from MK Mayoress Mandy Legg, and prizes for best dressed cyclist (chocolate eggs donated by John Lewis), a large cycling rabbit … Continue reading Cycle parking action on CMK Sainsburys

Why are only 23% MK cycle journeys by women?

Initial research by the Cycling Citizens MK alliance suggests only 23% of cycle journeys in MK are by women.  Volunteer researchers simply counted cyclists using redways in the last 10 days of January and found 131 male and 32 female. “It’s a justice issue,” said Jane Whild of Voices of Women in MK, a partnership … Continue reading Why are only 23% MK cycle journeys by women?

MK Inter-business Challenge 2023-24

This challenge involves large MK companies in a gentle competition to achieve the highest level of commuter cycling as measured by number of bicycles on site. The winners will receive Mayor’s Cycling Awards at Mayor’s Breakfasts (see events). Results at 27.11.23 Potential Business Cycling Initiatives Code Initiative name Example Examples of evidence BC1 Dr Bike/cycle … Continue reading MK Inter-business Challenge 2023-24

Current members

See membership benefits. MEMBERS Cycle Saviours is a social enterprise that saves, refurbishes, repairs, services and sells bikes, making cycling accessible to all and encouraging everyone to get on their bikes and explore Milton Keynes’ cycle networks and trails, providing Dr. Bike services to alliance events. MK Cycle Forum is a group of local citizens … Continue reading Current members

Membership

Current members Join the alliance The goal of the alliance is to get more people cycling in Milton Keynes. To do this, we bring together voluntary organisations with businesses and public sector organisations which have common interest in promoting cycling. See more about the alliance vision, actions and wins so far. Becoming an annual member, … Continue reading Membership

Cyclists rally to praise Council

Following last year’s inaugural city status celebration ride (photo story & video), 90 cyclists from across the city rallied at The Old Bus Station to thank MK City Council for its leadership and ambition in recent efforts to promote cycling to school and work. Business and school leaders were welcomed by the High Sheriff of … Continue reading Cyclists rally to praise Council

Bushfield School wins Bikeability Olympics final

On Friday 7th July, 36 Year 5-6 pupils from 9 primary schools competed in the final of Bikeability Olympics 2023 at Sports Central in Central Milton Keynes. This followed heats in March, May and June. Events included an obstacle course (pictured above), relay race, slow race, bike detectives (organised by Cycle Saviours) and road ride.  … Continue reading Bushfield School wins Bikeability Olympics final

Loughton School reaches Bikeability Olympics final

On Friday 30th June at Sports Central in CMK, Loughton School progressed to the Final of Bikeability Olympics 2023 on 7th July. There they will join Bushfield and Two Mile Ash, whose second teams also progressed to the final. In drizzly weather, 26 pupils from 7 schools competed in each of five contests, including a … Continue reading Loughton School reaches Bikeability Olympics final

Bushfield, Giles Brook and Caroline Haslett through to Bikeability Olympics final

35 pupils from five MK primary schools tested their cycling skills in the second heat of MK Bikeability Olympics 2023. The event was held at Middleton Hall, thanks to thecentre:mk management, attracting parents and passing shoppers to enjoy the spectacle. Pupils competed over five contests, including an obstacle course, slow race, relay race and a … Continue reading Bushfield, Giles Brook and Caroline Haslett through to Bikeability Olympics final

Cyclists rally for CMK Egg Hunt 6.4.23

On 6th April, 35 cyclists rallied for Mayor’s Cycling Awards at The Old Bus Station and an Egg Hunt ride through CMK. Following free Dr Bike services from Cycle Saviours and a Bunny Hop contest for a £25 prize won by teenager Dominic H, MK’s Deputy Mayor & Mayoress presented awards for cycling achievements in the MK … Continue reading Cyclists rally for CMK Egg Hunt 6.4.23

Barleyhurst and Two Mile Ash proceed through first Bikeability Olympics heat

On a cold Friday afternoon, 13 students from Barleyhurst and Two Mile Ash primary schools competed in the first heat of Bikeability Olympics 2023 (won by Giles Brook last year – see story). Both schools proceeded through to the finals which we be held on 7th July (see details). The highest scoring individual winners (full … Continue reading Barleyhurst and Two Mile Ash proceed through first Bikeability Olympics heat

Cycle City 2050 – vision meeting 2.2.23

On 2nd February, 20 leaders from MK’s private, public and voluntary sectors met to plan a vision for substantially increased cycling in the city. The meeting, organised by Cycling CitizensMK, was hosted by Trek Bikes in Tilbrook. Organisations represented included MK City Council, MK Community Foundation, MK Christian Foundation/Cycle Saviours, MK Cycle Forum, MK Development Partnership, … Continue reading Cycle City 2050 – vision meeting 2.2.23

MK’s Network Rail and John Lewis improve cycle parking

Network Rail, one of MK’s largest companies, recently installed bicycle parking racks for visitors outside the main entrance (pictured above). This followed a small action by Cycling CitizensMK to draw the attention of Network Rail’s Workplace Manager, Steve Bassington. “For years I’ve been frustrated as a visitor to Network Rail, having to lock my bike … Continue reading MK’s Network Rail and John Lewis improve cycle parking

MK Inter-business Challenge 2023

This challenge involves large MK companies in a gentle competition to achieve the highest level of commuter cycling as measured by number of bicycles on site. The winners will receive Mayor’s Cycling Awards at Mayor’s Breakfasts (see events). Results at 16.6.23 Potential Business Cycling Initiatives Code Initiative name Example Examples of evidence BC1 Dr Bike/cycle … Continue reading MK Inter-business Challenge 2023

Women enjoy Learn To Ride on Saturday morning

On the morning of Saturday 12th November six women joined a Learn To Ride course provided by MK Council and led by Bikeability trainers Nicky and Maria. The location was Hollin Lane in Stacey Bushes, home of Cycle Saviours who loaned the bikes. “It was helpful and very enjoyable,” said Kurshida Mirza of Truby’s Garden … Continue reading Women enjoy Learn To Ride on Saturday morning

Events

All welcome to join our weekly Thursday 5.30pm ride from Station Square, following a road route through Central Milton Keynes (Midsummer Boulevard, Saxon Gate, Silbury Boulevard to the Light Pyramid in Campbell Park) and back (pictures below). Rides Mayor’s Cycling Awards All cyclists are welcome. Children must be supervised by parent/carers or teachers.