mjr wrote:... especially the great danger to non-sports cycling for all which is BC?
Arguably they do more for inexperienced cyclists than Cycling UK through the Let's Ride (formerly Sky Ride) programme. Are there many (any) member groups that regularly organise rides of less than 15 miles, sometimes less than 10? No 3 rides & you have to join up either.
My member group does, then it can organise some of those rides as events open to all, then it can offer three months free introductory membership, then you can pay the subs by the month rather than in an annual lump sum. The reason you have to join CUK is the insurance, if you're on a BC ride that doesn't require membership, you're unlikely to be insured either.
Most of the BC's Lets Ride program is just a listing of other clubs rides, with the rides themselves having nothing to do with BC, I list some of our CTC rides on there. As such they can be very variable, and there's no telling the ability of the organisers. Their big success is the Breeze Groups, something Cycling UK could and should have done.
I'm a member of both, I'd rather see more co operation and less rivalry, I don't consider either to be without their faults, though I consider them both to do some good.