The Icelandic Cyclists’ Federation was established as an umbrella organisation for touring, commuting and sports cyclists in 1995, in cooperation with a national body for non-competitive sports (Íþróttir fyrir alla), under the Icelandic Sports Association. The official name is Landssamtök hjólreiðamanna (in Icelandic), abbreviated LHM.
Board members of the clubs under the umbrella have often had representatives in the board of LHM. In addition the communication on the board mailinglist is quite informal and open to those specially interested. Close informal and friendly ties facilitate cooperation in several fields.
Much of the activity has been concentrated in the area surrounding Reykjavik – the capital. This area harbours more than 50% of the population of Iceland. Member clubs or contacts from other parts of the country wanted.
The most visible work is carried out in the two clubs:
Íslenski Fjallahjólaklúbburinn ÍFHK ( http://this.is/hjol ) is a touring club, established 1989. In Iceland touring often means some sort of mountainbiking, which is reflected in the name. They arrange weekly evening trips open to all in summer. ÍFHK also arranges weekend trips of varying difficulty, and several courses are held on bicycle touring and bicycle maintenance and repair. Every first Thursday of the month the club-house is open from 20:00, and during summer additional Thursdays. Visitors touring Iceland on bikes welcome. Members of ÍFHK get rebates in several cycle stores.
Hjólreiðafélag Reykjavíkur HFR ( http://www.hfr.is ) – is a club for sports-cyclists, first established 1924. HFR have regular training sessions all year. They arrange several competitions, both on tarmac and on gravel/off-road. HFR members have competed internationally, like in the small nations championships. HFR ensured that the Cycling committee of the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland was established, and they oversee national championships.
Much of the work on commuting and the political work earlier carried out by ÍFHK has been carried out by the umbrella, LHM, during the latter years. We have written articles in newspapers, asked questions at public meetings, and had direct contact with public officials. The attempt to make helmets compulsory for adult cyclists appears to have been halted because of our arguments and efforts, through representation in the national road traffic board. Lately we have had a fruitful cooperation with the Public Health Institute of Iceland (Lýðheilsustöð),National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland and the Agenda 21 program of Reykjavik City. All three organisations have been taking part in arranging the national Cycle to work campaign since it was started in the autumn of 2003, having been initiated by the Icelandic Sports and Olympic Committee. In addition we have helped make the cycling day of the European Mobility week (16-22th September each year) the most active of the week.