As the UK's National Cyclists' Organisation, CTC has been protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878. CTC is a not-for-profit organisation that is funded through its membership and donations in return for support. By joining CTC you are supporting UK cycling and giving us a louder voice when campaigning locally and nationally on the issues that are important to you.
CTC was founded in 1878 as the Bicycle Touring Club, subsequently becoming the Cyclists' Touring Club. In 2008 CTC is celebrating 130 years of working for travelling, recreational and utility cycle users. We are the forerunners of the world wide network of cycling, motoring and tourism organisations, many of whom based their services on CTC's.
The organisation has its origins in the early days of cycling when the bicycle opened up new horizons for independent travel. CTC set out to identify suitable hostelries for its members and include them in members' guides and handbooks. Occasionally you will spot a round plaque on the wall of older hotels showing the CTC emblem of a winged wheel, indicating a long history of welcoming cyclists.