Weekly update – 15th December

Bike Barometer

It's nearly the end of the year. And what a big year it has been. Thank you to all of our members who have read our weekly updates. We hope they have been informative and entertaining. As always, your feedback is welcome so that we can ensure our updates provide what you need.

This is probably the last update of the year (unless something extraordinary happens next week… and it might!). We will resume in January. In the meantime, please don't forget the Seasonal Social on Monday (19 Dec) and the January Monthly Meeting (3 Jan).

It's time for a rest now. See you next year!!

In our update this week:

  • Photo of the week
  • Seasonal Social 19 Dec
  • January Monthly Meeting
  • Still time for your greeting cards
  • Campaigning in 2017
  • Projects and volunteer opportunities in 2017
  • Events
  • In the news

Photo of the week

This week's photo is of the bike barometer by Gonville Place on Parker's Piece reaching the significant milestone of one million cycle journeys counted in 2016. 

If you would like to share a photo that showcases the cycling culture in Cambridge then please email to us. We are also looking for some great pictures to decorate the walls of our office at the Bike Depot.

 

Seasonal Social 19 December

Our 'Seasonal Social' is this Monday. Please join us in celebrating a great year of campaigning.

We will be at Thirsty Cambridge on Chesterton Road from 6.30pm. There will be drinks and foodtruck meals available to purchase throughout the evening.

Please ensure you RSVP so that we can provide an indication of the number of people attending.  https://camcyclexmas2016.eventbrite.co.uk

 

January Monthly Meeting – 3 January

Our first meeting of the year will be a workshop on volunteer structures. We are asking our members to attend to help us plan the right structure for working with our volunteers to campaign for more, better and safer cycling and to service our members. We would like to hear your views on issues like:

  • How many trustees should we have and what should their roles be?
  • Is there scope for a broader committee that sits alongside the Trustees?
  • What type of committee roles do we need? How will they work together?
  • What geographic territory should we cover and how do we manage that coverage?

 Please join us at Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane from 7.30pm.

 

There is still time for your greeting cards

Greeting cards

There is still time to buy your Camcycle greeting cards. You can find them at the Bike Depot and all Cambridge Rutland Cycles stores or send us an email and we might be able to arrange something.

The cards are ideal for Christmas or all year round. They also make great gifts.

£2 each or 4 for £7.

We're also accepting wholesale orders.

 

Yet more hoops for the Chisholm Trail

We are attending yet another committee to speak yet again about the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge. We welcome any additional attendees who can show their support at the Economy and Environment Committee tomorrow (Friday, 16 Dec, 10 am, Shire Hall).

There will still be a number of additional committee meetings in January and February to approve the Bridge and Trail planning applications. At this stage, we think it is unlikely to have all approvals until the end of February at the earliest. The plans and dates continue to change but we will do our best to keep you informed. The latest updates are on Cyclescape – Issue 127.

 

Campaigning 2017

There are lots of plans already being formulated for 2017 campaigning. Would you like to be involved?

Naming Names

At the Camcycle AGM 2016, it was suggested that we should try to get cycleways named as a means of recognising them officially, in particular for ensuring they are on emergency service databases. David Earl is taking the lead on this issue and is looking for input from our members. What cycleways do you think should have a name? What names do you think would be suitable for Cambridge cycleways? Cyclescape 2891

Street Cycle Parking

Following the passing of the Street Cycle Parking motion at the AGM we are now forming a subgroup who will work on this campaign for replacing on-street car parking with cycle parking. Would you like to be involved? What locations do you think have the potential for street cycle parking? Cyclescape 2876

Mayoral and Council Elections

We are planning to have hustings events and our usual election survey. Please start thinking about what questions you would like to ask the mayoral and local candidates. What other ideas do you have to ensure cycling is on the agenda for 2017 elections? Cyclescape 2871

 

Projects and volunteering opportunities in 2017

Reach RideReach Ride

Planing for the Reach Ride has started. We will be looking for volunteers to help marshal on the day and also to help with some of the organising and promotion. We would also like to know if there is interest in another round of Camcycle T-shirts in time for the Ride. Cyclescape 2718

Merchandise to promote the Campaign

Now that we have our new branding we have started to produce merchandise to promote and raise funds for our Campaign. Our badges and greeting cards have been selling really well and we have given away many new mudguard stickers. What do you think we should create next? Cyclescape 1894

We are also looking for volunteers to approach local businesses that may be interested in stocking our greeting cards. Please reply to this email if you can help or if you know of a business we should approach.

Newsletter layout designer

Our newsletter has had some big changes in 2016 both in appearance and the editing process. Unfortunately, our layout editor/designer has moved away from Cambridge and we are looking for one or more volunteers with the right skills to keep up the great work in 2017. Can you help or do you know someone who can? Please reply to this email.

 

Upcoming events

See our campaign diary online.

16 December: Economy and Environment meeting – 10 am Shire Hall. Abbey-Chesterton bridge (Chisholm Trail) is on the agenda.

19 December: Seasonal Socialfrom 6.30pm at Thirsty Cambridge (46 Chesterton Road)

3 January: Monthly Meeting – Help us plan the right structure for working with our volunteers. We need to hear our members' views.

7 February: Monthly Meeting

 

In the News

Don't forget to read Robin Heydon's latest cycling column in the Cambridge News. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/all-about/cycling

 

Using Cyclescape

If you are having issues accessing the Cyclescape discussions please see the guidance here. Existing Camcycle members will need to register for Cyclescape the first time they use it.