Camcycle (the Cambridge Cycling Campaign) is a local charity which has been working for more, better and safer cycling in the Cambridge area since 1995. Our work is guided by the board of trustees and our staff team with much of what we do achieved by our dedicated volunteers. Many of the cycle facilities such as paths, lanes, traffic signals, bridges and cycle parks in the region would not exist without the campaigning of our members.
Camcycle would like to see a thriving and sustainable region of healthy, happy people where everyone feels able to enjoy the benefits of cycling. You can find out more about our vision and current work in our latest annual report. Six values guide our work and our cycling policies detail the changes that are needed to achieve this vision.
How can I help?
Join us! The Campaign is one of the biggest membership organizations in Cambridge, with over 1,500 members. Every new member helps to give us credibility with local politicians and adds weight to our case when negotiating for better facilities. Membership subscriptions support all aspects of the work we do.
The benefits of membership include: a magazine with a wide range of articles (an invaluable source of information on local cycling issues); discounts at some cycle stores; monthly meetings with speakers and the ability to have your say about cycling matters.
How can I get involved?
It is difficult to cycle around Cambridge without cycling on or next to something campaign members have worked on. If you are willing to contribute, then you can have a real impact on our streets and help benefit other people’s lives, not to mention the planet.
We always need more people to help prepare responses to council consultations; help produce and distribute the newsletter; marshal rides; staff the campaign stall at fairs; and much else. You can read more about what you can do to help. Much of our work is organized using our online discussion forum, Cyclescape, so please do sign up for it if you’d like to be more involved. Or send us a message using our usual contact details.
We have a regular meeting, on the first Tuesday of the month. This takes place at the Friends’ Meeting House on Jesus Lane (near the traffic lights). The meeting usually involves discussion of current campaigns or other topical local cycling issues, and sometimes has a speaker. All members and non-members are welcome to attend these meetings.
We organize occasional social rides. In particular, in each of the last few years, we’ve led a ride from Cambridge to Reach Fair, accompanied by the Mayor and a few hundred Cambridge residents.
Examples of current or recent major campaigns
Much of our work involves lobbying local government – see the Campaigning section for more information on our activities. Here are a few examples.
The City Deal is likely to transform Cambridge over the next few years. We are working with the Smarter Cambridge Transport campaign, as well as preparing consultation responses to individual City Deal projects.
A roughly north/south path that connects the railway station with a new crossing over the Cam, ending close to the new Cambridge North Station. The Trail will have many access points along the way and has the benefit of being able to pass under several busy roads.
Milton Road is likely to be remodelled as part of the City Deal. We are working with local residents to ensure that the road and its junctions are safe and usable for walking and cycling.
We campaigned to ensure that the Cambridge North station has rapid and safe cycle access, as well as good cycle parking.
The new cycle park at the railway station, with approximately 2800 spaces, was completed in 2016. But previously cycle parking at the station was desperately inadequate, and we campaigned on this for many years.
Campaign membership costs
Joining us gives the organization more political weight when negotiating with the authorities. Our work has helped to make Cambridge the most cycled city in the nation.
If our standard rates are too expensive, we’d still like you to join at the Budget rate (though we won’t be able to send a printed newsletter). On the other hand, if you can afford it, please consider joining at our Donor rate.
- Individual: £17.50
- Household: £22.50
- Donor: £100
- Budget (per person): £3.50