UMBUG Marks 1,000 Members

27th May 2014

[Manchester, Thursday 3 April 2014] Today, hundreds of cyclists gathered to celebrate 1,000 members of the University of Manchester’s Bicycle Users’ Group (UMBUG), making it the biggest in any University across the UK.

Dr. Michael Bane, UMBUG Chair, together with University dignitaries presented the 1,000th member, Susie Wallace, with “UMBUG 1000”  branded hoodie, t-shirt and cake. Michael noted the that 1,000 members makes UMBUG the largest bicycle users’ group in UK academia and that the University’s figure of 1 in 10 staff cycling to work makes it 5 times better than the UK average. Michael also noted the community spirit of UMBUG, supporting each other and having a voice that is taken seriously by those investing in cycling infrastructure.

During the presentation Prof. Colin Hughes (Associate Vice President for Sustainability), Prof. Aneez Esmail (Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility) and Julian Skyrme (Director of Social Responsibility) (all regular cyclists themselves) praised the work of UMBUG in supporting cycling and growing the UMBUG community, noting the importance of cycling as a means of sustainable travel, both in terms of reducing carbon emissions and social responsibility.

Susie Wallace, UMBUG’s 1000th member, added, “'I'm proud to be part of such a fantastic group of cyclists. 1000 members is so impressive and means that there is a lot of support available to new and existing members.'

UMBUG Chair: Michael Bane
0161 306 6652 / 0777 253 6209 / @mkbane_mcr

Sustainable Travel Planner: Andrew Hough
0161 275 0343 / 07765 962991


View photographs capturing the celebration
Credit: Mark Waugh