When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896

Would you like to discover a little of Bristol’s colourful past, or learn of its longer term future, from its parks and greenways to buildings and public artworks? Or are you passionate about campaigning, and want to explore new routes and infrastructure debating topics on the way like ‘a car-free City Centre’ and ‘20’s Plenty’? Do you want to shed those calories, shape-up and get a healthy modern lifestyle? Or do you crave the sociability of like-minded souls, and empathise with the adrenalin surge that cycling can give you?

See Diary page for future rides

BCyC rides are open to all types of cyclist, young and old, athletic or disabled, from slow urbanites to fast racers. We are sociable folk, and always welcome new members and old faces alike. We often run shorter Rides under our Discover Bristol theme that are gentle paced so that the whole family can enjoy exploring our fair City.

Join our Rides, and be a part of Bristol’s dynamic and fast-growing cycling culture! See our Diary page for a full listing of all of our rides, meetings and other events. Most rides start from outside the Arnolifini on the Pero’s Bridge side, but check details of each ride. There’s also contact details for the ride leader for any questions you may have. Click here for a map of all the main staring points.

Recent posts about rides (click for full list)

  • Rides poster opportunity

    Rides poster opportunity

    Our beautifully designed rides poster needs some help! Have you a couple of hours to spare per month for some easy, desk-based homework to help with rides publicity? Want to hone your Word skills? In a few months the rides team will be losing the key input of Penny Partridge who has done a sterling job for several years turning our rides programme into an eye-catching poster using our professionally designed template. We dearly hope

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  • Fresh air and fun

    Fresh air and fun

    July’s rides programme is getting us out into the countryside to escape the din of city life for a few hours. We’re all over the place this month with a gentle jaunt to picnic in Portishead, some slightly more challenging rides that take us Sevenside and others with relaxing gardens as the destination. Please note that a couple of our rides have alternative start points. More details on the diary page. July’s rides poster can

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  • Bristol Cycling gives rolling feedback to Council

    Bristol Cycling gives rolling feedback to Council

    Our Bike Week Space for Cycling ride on Thursday 14 June was a great success and it was a joy to celebrate the latest in cycling infrastructure while giving the Council constructive in-saddle feedback. More pictures on our Facebook page.

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  • Bike Week gets off to a sunny start

    Bike Week gets off to a sunny start

    Our Green Spaces of East Bristol ride is the first of five daily rides for Bike Week. See more photos on our Facebook page. All our rides can be found on our What’s on page.

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  • June is bike month

    June is bike month

    With Bike Week 2018 taking place in the second week of June, we have a packed programme of rides across the whole month on something of a green theme as gardens, parks, open spaces, views and fountains make up the majority of our rides. The only exception is a nice full-on geek ride looking at the fitness for purpose of central Bristol’s latest cycling infrastructure with, we’re hoping, representatives of Bristol City Council. Please see

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  • Spring onto your bike with our verdant rides

    Spring onto your bike with our verdant rides

    It's May and the days are getting longer and (hopefully) warmer. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery as we take you across the Nailsea Levels along cyclepaths, lanes and quiet roads to the Clevedon Riviera, along the Strawberry Line to a Community Café at Yatton Station and on a glorious loop of the beautiful Chew Valley taking in the majestic lake itself. And to top it all, we'll be filling your palette with enticing arts

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  • A saddlebag full of early Spring rides for March

    A saddlebag full of early Spring rides for March

    We launch the new season with a public spirited foray into litter infested terrain to bring a bit of TLC to our much loved local cycling infrastructure under the council run Great Bristol Spring Clean. Meandering lanes and quiet cyclepaths take us through the flood plain of Severnvale and on to wonderful estuary views at Severn Beach. A seaside sortie to Weston-super-mare celebrates the long awaited Brean Down Way with spectacular Channel views, wild mudflats,

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  • A feast of friendly mini-rides for February

    A feast of friendly mini-rides for February

    As we edge slowly into the longer days we hasten the end of winter with a merry mix of short rides. We start with a regular favourite by heading off to nearby Portishead, with its modern marina and Edwardian townscape. From a north Bristol start point we track down some of South Gloucestershire’s less frequented paths and lanes, and sample some new and remodelled cycle links in the Winterbourne area. With ‘Picture Palaces of yesteryear’

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