Two protesters from Extinction Rebellion scaled the National Cycling Centre in Manchester to protest British Cycling’s partnership with Shell .
On Sunday, the pair climbed above the entrance to British Cycling’s headquarters displaying a banner which read " Get Shell out of British Cycling " and let off flares. They were joined by more protestors and a samba band on the ground.
Last month, it was announced that British Cycling had signed a long-term partnership with the multinational oil and gas giant Shell, that will bring in "wide-ranging support and investment".
The eight-year deal makes Shell UK an "Official Partner" of British Cycling , which has previously been sponsored by Sky and HSBC. Since the end of 2021, BC has been without a top-level sponsor but Shell will take a lower role than lead sponsor in this deal, which runs until 2030.
In a press release sent out when the deal was made public, British Cycling said that the partnership will see a shared commitment to "supporting Great Britain’s cyclists and para-cyclists through the sharing of world-class innovation and expertise; accelerating British Cycling’s path to net zero; and helping more – and wider groups of – people to ride, including ways to make cycling more accessible for disabled people".
Since then, multiple environmental groups have condemned the deal, as have individual BC members, many of whom have left the organisation.
One of the protestors on Sunday, Mark Stevens, cycled from West Yorkshire to take part in the demonstration, said that BC was helping Shell "look […]
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