Cyclescape to replace discussion mailing lists

Cambridge Cycling Campaign members will hopefully have seen from our newsletters that we have been developing an alternative to our mailing lists, called Cyclescape.

We are proposing to switch to using Cyclescape instead of our discussion mailing lists around the middle of August 2013. Our committee has already been using it for some time. We also think members who have not joined mailing lists because of the volume of email may also want to join the more manageable Cyclescape.

Cyclescape is an online forum, but it has the advantage of being much more selective about what you want to receive or discuss. You can take part in as many or as few of the discussions as you like. This can be geographically based. So for example, when you find roadworks with a 'Cyclist Dismount' sign, rather then sending a widely broadcast email, you can create an 'issue' for it which says where it is on the map. And you can opt in or out of each conversation separately.

Once a discussion is going you can continue it on the Cyclescape website or by email (like a more finely-grained email list) as you prefer. Unlike the email lists, though, you can also attach photos and documents to the conversation, set deadlines, and tag them (so e.g. the tag 'dismount' could allow you to find other instances of unwarranted cyclist dismount signs), and search.

You can also say (on a map) 'only tell me about issues in Trumpington' or 'tell me about discussion related to my commuting route' etc, or get everything concerning the group.

Around the middle of August, we will automatically send email invitations to existing mailing list members to join Cyclescape as a Cambridge Cycling Campaign member. Then we will close down the email lists. If you don't want to join the new system, just ignore the invitation.

You can sign up yourself ahead of this general invitation if you want, at http://camcycle.cyclescape.org/ . However, you will have to request membership of the the Cycling Campaign group yourself (the system is for all cycle groups, not just us) and set your email preferences.