CycleFox is still young. Although growing, the community is relatively small, and they’re keen to reach more people. Of course, they need to add value for current members, so the work on their community never ends. They continue to connect with independent, London-based businesses who value purpose over profits.
To that end, they offer a ‘Founding Members’ scheme, whereby anyone who persuades a local independent business to partner up with CycleFox, will get a free lifetime membership. They strongly encourage word-of-mouth recommendations and want people to get to know their local business owners.
They currently have an eclectic mix of businesses and projects on board, many of which are run by, and for, women. These include Glow and See, whose reflective knitwear is handcrafted by skilled women from disadvantaged backgrounds; Ride With Wolves, who produce stylish, hand screen-printed reflective clothing; Bike Nicks, responsible for gorgeous feminine padded cycling underwear for women; and System of Motion, who create high-performance bike-to-boardroom womenswear.
‘It’s this focus on purpose, beyond just profits, that we love. But this doesn’t always have to be quite as obvious to see, independent shops on our high streets who know and care for their local customers are all part of weaving together a strong and connected community.’
As the CycleFox community grows, they’re always seeking other ways to help people connect with each other. They recently introduced an interactive calendar, and encourage people to share their events there. With a 15,000+ following, they can help events organisers reach a wider London audience. Richard especially encourages anyone to add group rides there: ‘There’s nothing like joining a group ride to help build your confidence and learn some new routes.’
Joining them is easy, and only costs £12 a year, though if you’re not ready for membership, you can still connect. They send a monthly newsletter with their latest news and partnerships, as well as competitions to win some free goodies.
For more information about CycleFox, head over to their website here.
Of course, social media is their biggest tool, so you can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and if you take any lovely snaps of London whilst out riding, be sure to tag them on Instagram for a chance to be featured!