General aims of Capital of Cycling

To provide an umbrella organisation under which member charities, clubs and community groups can work together for mutual benefit, pooling resources and expertise and increasing our reach and capacities in such a manner as complements our mutual charitable or organisational aims and thereby maximises each organisation's community impact. For example, by securing grant funding and delivering programmes of public benefit.

Underlying Principles of Capital of Cycling

We wish to be an open organisation which can bring in new members and beneficiaries, whilst being mindful of the obligations and investments of the existing coalition members.

We wish to be of broad benefit to the City of Bradford and its inhabitants and this includes the regeneration of physical space and the provision of activities, opportunities and resources (such as bikes) to the citizens of Bradford.  We wish to offer support and space to community organisations and clubs who are active in cycling advocacy and recognise opportunities within cycling with respect to their aims and beneficiaries. 

We wish to be place the principles of inclusivity at the heart of our organisation in the broadest sense, but with a highly practical dimension, through the programmes we choose to support and the complementary objectives of the charities, organisations and projects we choose to work alongside. Where practicable we wish to enable beneficiaries to have input into decision making and activities provision.

Youth Work 

We support our young participants in making positive choices about their lives, health and well-being. We offer structured training and volunteering opportunities which help equip young people with life and employability skills. We work with – and are supported by - Bradford Youth Service (BYS) and Bradford Youth Offending Team (we have trained 40 young offenders in bike maintenance over a year). For example, within the Capital of Cycling Hub, MCF has offered 12 young people a stable and structured volunteering programme over the course of one year, of whom three young boys progressed from a youth offenders’ four-week unpaid work orders but have continued to work as volunteers. MCF pulls young people to our projects via pop-up bike events. Across ten weeks in the summer, we partnered with organisations such as Healthy Heaton, Born-In-Bradford and local schools to deliver pop-up cycling activities and bike maintenance training to young people. We trained 123 young people (almost 50/50 young girls and young men), of whom 53% identified as white British, the remainder predominately identifying as Pakistani, Caribbean and white European (mostly Slovakian).