Partnerships with other organisations

The Campaign works in partnership with many other organisations. These include:

Travel for Work

The Cycle Friendly Employers (CFE) scheme was launched in 1996, with joint funding from central and local government to encourage local businesses to promote cycling. The following year the scheme changed tobe come the more the Travel for Work Partnership (TfW), which looks to promote all ‘sustainable’ modes of travel to and for work.

We have been involved from the outset, and David Earl was the chair of the steering group. David handed over to Clare Macrae, who chaired the group for many years. The Chair of the TfW steering group is now from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and Jim Chisolm sits on the group for the Campaign.

TfW is an independent group it is hosted by the County Council (one of the eleven steering group member organisations). It employs three staff.

The Travel for Work Partnership has a comprehensive range of services available to assist employers implementing schemes to promote sustainable commuting, including, of course, cycling. These include professional advice, a mapping service that shows where employees are living in relation to bus and cycle routes, a yearly travel survey to see how people are travelling to work, a yearly awards event rewarding employers and the annual Take A Stand scheme that helps with the financial impact of putting in new or improved cycle parking.

Travel for Work works with business each year to promote Bike Week and Bike2Work events. It visits employers to give talks on how to cycle to work. The TfW officers assist business in setting up Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) and establishing Bike Buddy schemes.

Travel for Work established and ran Cambridgeshire’s Adult Cycle Training scheme for several years. This is now run by the County Council’s road safety team.

Cycle Crime Task Group

Launched in August 1999, this partnership involves representatives from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, the City Council, University of Cambridge security, Anglia Polytechnic Security and ourselves.

Work is underway to try to find locations for additional cycle parking in the city centre, and to identify ‘hot spots’ of cycle theft throughout the city. Members of the group are also looking at how secure various designs of cycle lock actually are.

Health for Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire Health Authority’s recent Health Improvement Programme identified two topics that affect cycling.

Firstly, the ‘Health for Cambridgeshire’ partnership has identified the need to reduce ‘pedal cycle accidents.’ What is important about this work is that the aim is to simultaneously promote cycling as a healthy form of transport. The partnership has already done work to try and clarify the existing casualty figures, which are currently difficult to compare because different agencies use different geographical boundaries.

The plan is to revamp the annual ‘Cyclists Beware, Beware Cyclists’ campaign in time for this October. I attended a meeting about this on 17 March – sadly just missing the deadline for this Newsletter, so I hope to report back on this next time.

Health Improvement Programme:

Other organisations

We are affiliated to, or members of:

  • Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service
  • Cambridge Road Safety Advisory Council
  • CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club)
  • Cycle Campaign Network
  • Road Danger Reduction Forum
  • STEER (Sustainable Transport and Environment for the Eastern Region)

We have representatives on:

  • Cambridge City Centre Management Consultative Forum
  • Cambridgeshire Sustainable Transport Forum (the organisation formerly known as Cambridgeshire Transport Forum!)
  • Cycle Liaison Group
  • Cambridgeshire Transport Forum

And we have supported the work of:

  • Slower Speeds Initiative
  • Sustrans