The origins of the Bicycle Association date back to 1890 when 'The Cycle and Motorcycle Trades Association' was established in Coventry.

In 1910, the company's name was changed to 'The Cycle and Motorcycle Manufacturers and Traders Union Ltd'. Membership included all the principal British manufacturers of two and three-wheeled vehicles (bicycles, mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, sidecars and three-wheelers) as well as manufacturers of components, accessories and specialist clothing, and the UK concessionaires for imported products in those fields.

Further name changes occurred in 1920, when the company became 'The British Cycle and Motor Cycle Manufacturers and Traders Union Ltd', and again in 1956 when it became 'The British Cycle and Motor Cycle Industries Association Ltd'.

In July 1973, because of the diverging needs of the bicycle and motor cycle industries, the Cycle and Motor Cycle Association was split into two separate, autonomous bodies, the Bicycle Association of Great Britain (BA) and the Motorcycle Industries Association (MCIA).

Today the Bicycle Association boasts over 100 members and is at the centre of the UK cycle industry.





The BA works to a clear, focused strategy based around three key ‘pillars’:
  • Securing a strong, united and influential industry
  • Giving every child the opportunity to cycle
  • Making cycling an everyday choice.

Every BA activity is driven by one or more these pillars, and to ensure our focus is relentlessly on activities with member benefit, all activity must also be unique (something the industry can deliver collectively which others advocating for cycling cannot) and measurable. It must also either directly drive members’ businesses and profits, or have long-term strategic value.

Please do contact us for full details of the BA’s strategy, and how your company can benefit from membership.



The Bicycle Association's advocacy work is guided by the following principles:
  • Our aim: to grow cycling
    This will get more people on bikes. Everyday cycling trips - for ‘transport’- is the growth segment.
  • Our representation: the whole UK cycle industry
    We speak with one voice. We are a non-profit group, with no commercial interests.
  • Our target: Westminster and Whitehall
    We are not a consumer-facing organisation. We don’t have the large financial resources necessary to promote cycling to the general public.
  • Our focus: is on issues that only the BA can address.
    We have partnerships with other groups - WACA; APPCG - and work closely with them. We don’t try to replicate the work that they do already.
  • Our issues: the BA can advocate only for issues on which our members all agree.
    But we can inform, advise and facilitate discussion on a wide range of topics.
  • Our stance: the BA makes well-reasoned proposals as advocates
    We do not lobby or seek or take funds from government or third parties or any commercial interests.
  • Our reputation: we aim to be objective, rigorous - that’s why reliable market data is key- and to be a critical and trusted adviser of government.



Bicycle Association member companies must commit themselves to the Bicycle Association Code of Practice, which sets out high standards of professionalism, business ethics and legal compliance. A grace period for new members is available, during which they can leverage the BA’s support services to help raise their compliance to match that of the best professionals in the industry.

Phillip Darnton, the BA's Chairman, explains:


"The Bicycle Association strives always to represent the best interests of the UK cycle industry – to government, stakeholders and the general public – with the highest standards of professionalism. It takes itself seriously, and expects to be taken seriously in return. We have set out a formal code of practice to which our members are committed. It embodies the professional standards to which we, and the whole industry, should be proud to adhere. The code is a straightforward, practical and tangible demonstration of our dedication to that professionalism in all our affairs. It underpins our advocacy work with government and other bodies, and it allows our members to make explicit their commitment to these shared professional business standards."