In 2019 the Diversity in Cycling Report was published, addressing the things we can all do to make cycling the most inclusive activity possible. In 2022, a second edition of Diversity In Cycling was published, providing more commentaries and a broader look across all aspects of cycling (road and off-road), across the UK and around the world.
The report is there to connect white riders to debates and stories from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse perspectives. It weaves personal narratives with demographic statistics to detail both the challenges and (more importantly) the opportunities clubs and institutions have to be more diverse. Ethnicity, gender, location, disability, neurodiversity, sexual identity, and socio-economic factors all play a part in this intersectional report. Indeed, it is crucial to note that when referring to diversity, someone's lived experience is not broken down into isolated categories. Some of the key recommendations include authentic visibility, accessibility, inclusivity, telling people's stories and awareness of your own positionality.
We are still reading, still listening, still talking and still learning. We are trying to do this with a diverse range of voices in order to be more representative of cycling as an activity rather than simply a sport going forward. In time, we will fully evaluate and plan for what we can do to support, promote and cater to more people. We hope that you appreciate that doing this thoughtfully takes time.
For now, we wholeheartedly recommend that you read this report. Whether you are on a club committee, run a team, have a group of friends that ride or are new to the sport, there is something to learn for everyone.