With a cross party membership of MPs and Peers, the group’s mission is to promote all forms of cycling inside and outside the Houses of Parliament.
Key activities undertaken by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) include meetings in parliament, study tours, receptions and an annual summer bike.
The secretariat of the APPCG is funded by the UK Cycling Alliance. The APPCG is registered with the House of Commons.
The current officers of the group are:
Chairs: Ian Austin MP (Lab), Dr.Julian Huppert MP (LD)
Vice-chairs: Steve Brine MP (Con), Meg Hillier MP (Lab), Emily Thornberry MP (Lab)
Secretary: Lord Berkeley (Lab)
Treasurer: Dr. Sarah Wollaston MP (Con)
Patron: Ben Bradshaw (Lab)
L-R: Dave Brailsford, Ian Austin MP, Victoria Pendleton, Sir Chris Hoy, Steve Brine MP at the 2011 APPCG Reception
Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group is funded by the UK Cycling Alliance (UKCA).
UKCA is an umbrella group of the following cycling organisations:
About All Party Groups
All-party groups (APPGs) are unofficial groups within the Houses of Parliament and have a membership of backbench Members of the House of Commons and Peers. They cover a range of subjects, which are generally of interest to Members from all parties and vary in size and the activity they are involved in. It allows Members to work constructively with others from different political persuasions on an issue of common interest. Members have the opportunity to hold meetings and raise awareness of a particular subject and can exert pressure on Ministers who are often invited to attend meetings. They can be a good way for backbench MPs to ensure that those in decision-making roles are aware of particular subject issues.
APPGs sometimes hold inquiries to which Ministers and others can be invited to give their opinions on a subject of topical interest to Members, although these would not hold the sway of a Select Committee. They often are guided by one or more outside organisations with a particular interest in the subject.
Groups must be convened with 20 signatures from Members from both Houses and across the political parties at the beginning of a new Parliamentary term (following a general election). They then elect officers to steer the running of the Group and must hold an AGM to confirm or validate officers’ positions.