British Cycling memberships can include insurance and liability cover, plus as a Cyclescheme you can get 25% off your membership.
The benefits of having access to expert legal support and peace-of-mind insurance cannot be underestimated– especially for those who ride their bikes regularly.
Do I need insurance to ride my bike?
No. No cyclist is legally obliged to have insurance to ride their bike and while British Cycling offer insurance through membership, it is not compulsory for all cyclists to have insurance cover.
However, unfortunately incidents do happen, and they can vary a lot in terms of seriousness and which party is at fault. The most important thing for the majority of the 160,000+ members, is peace-of-mind liability cover and knowing they have the support of a first-class legal service, should the unfortunate happen.
What incident am I covered against?
Most British Cycling membership packages (excluding Fan and Bronze membership) ensure that individuals are insured against incidents which are, or are alleged to have been, their fault and have access to lawyers who are leading experts in helping cyclists who have sustained injury, financial losses or damage to their bike as a result of incidents which are not their fault.
You can find out more about the different British Cycling membership packages here.
What does British Cycling membership include?
Most of the membership packages (excluding Fan and Bronze membership) include:
- Liability insurance for your daily cycling for claims up to £15m and no excess to pay in the event of a claim against you which is your fault.
- Legal support and representation in the event of an incident which is not your fault.
- Access to our members’ incident helpline.
Liability insurance covers:
- Incidents in which you are involved whilst riding or wheeling your bike where you are partly or wholly at fault.
- Physical injury to third parties or damage to third party property caused by your actions.
- Legal costs incurred in forming your defence.
- Damages awarded against you following a successful claim by a third party.
- Total cover for legal costs and awards of up to £15m.
Legal support is available for:
- Members in need of expert legal support from British Cycling to recover damages due to injury, property damage or other financial loss.
- Incidents in which you are involved while cycling where you are not at fault. This may involve being knocked from your bike or suffering injury.
- Incidents where, in the assessment of appointed solicitors, there are reasonable prospects of succeeding with a legal action against a third party.
It is important to check British Cycling’s website for the full details and exclusions of cover before joining.
What should I do if I have an incident?
- If you have suffered injury and you are able to, seek medical attention as soon as you can and keep a record of any treatment
- If possible, make a record of the time and place of the incident and details of any other vehicle(s)/property or person(s) involved
- You should not have any discussion with the other party with regard to liability.
- If you are a member get in touch with British Cycling to report an incident
Additionally, always make sure you obtain:
- Contact details for the Third Party driver(s)
- Make, model and registration number of the vehicle(s) involved
- Insurance details of the driver(s) and vehicle(s) involved
- Contact details for all witnesses
- Witness accounts
- Details of the incident location - including photos of the location and highway defect(s)
It is recommended that all incidents are reported to the police immediately and where insurance particulars are not obtained from the motorist at the scene of an incident they should be obtained at the very earliest opportunity. If a motorist fails to provide this information or you have any concerns that the information given to you is incorrect or incomplete, this should be reported to the police immediately.
If the incident does not involve a driver but a pedestrian, cyclist or even a horse rider, the same applies – try to obtain contact details of everyone involved, plus any witnesses and report this to the police, then contact British Cycling.
It’s also worth noting that cyclists can upload any footage of an incident using the Nextbase National Dash Cam Safety Portal and it is sent directly to their local police force (within England/Wales).