After 20 years, Cycle Training UK (CTUK) is to cease training at the end of October.
Earlier in the summer it became apparent that there would not be enough large contract work to see CTUK through the quieter winter months. This would be fine if CTUK operated like many of its fellow cycle training providers and only used freelancers, paying on a gig by gig basis. But for over ten years CTUK, a not for profit workers’ cooperative, has employed its instructors, paying them a monthly salary. This Autumn, there’s just not enough cash in the bank and winter work to guarantee everyone’s salaries for the next six months.
Consequently CTUK has this week issued Redundancy Notices to all its employees.
For the last few weeks the Directors have been consulting with instructors exploring all options to keep CTUK functioning. A viable solution to the financial situation has not been found, so it’s been decided it’s time to stop.
Thanks to the support of Ealing Borough Council, all the Bikeability courses for this current half term will be completed. Other training and Dr Bike events will continue until late October.
David Dansky commented, “we’ve come a long way in 20 years. Our aim was to create good realistic cycle training for everyone. Today that’s being done across the UK by the thousands of instructors we have trained and guided. It just won’t be us delivering it in future.”
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