Working for change: insights from local campaign groups

All cycle campaigning comes down to local issues at some point; a truth made even more apparent to Camcycle as we’ve worked for Spaces to Breathe. Collaboration with local groups has been essential to this campaign and encouraging communities to champion emergency measures in their areas is still vital today.

The guest speakers at our August monthly meeting, which was streamed live to our Facebook channel, were all heavily involved in local campaign groups. They described how the groups they worked for had formed, what tactics they used to work for change and some of their top tips for those who’d like to get involved in local campaigning. They said it was important to have clear and winnable goals, work with other local groups, engage with the press, politicians and key stakeholders, use social media, do your research and collect data. Most importantly, get chatting to people in your area – standing in the street discussing your campaign may seem scary, but it could be the most important thing you do!

The video of the meeting is now available on YouTube: watch it now to motivate your own campaigning. The speakers are Andrew Milbourn from Hurst Park Estate Residents Association, Nick Finer from Cycle Safety in Storey’s Way, Rosalind Lund from Arbury Road East Residents Association, Dan Strauss from Save Your Cycle Route (the campaign against a busway route along Adams Road) and Susan van de Ven from the A10 Corridor Cycle Campaign.

The meeting also included a news roundup from our Executive Director Roxanne De Beaux, who talks about the new Dutch roundabout in Cambridge, the government’s Gear Change report, a new Inclusive Cycling report from Sustrans and the recent survey from Bike Is Best.

The next Camcycle meeting will be held online on Tuesday 1 September, when we’ll be discussing School Streets initiatives with guest speaker Sylvia Gauthereau. Find out more about this and other Camcycle events on our events page.

 

Links to more information

Hurst Park Estate Residents Association (HPERA)

HPERA exists to strengthen the community between Milton Road and Arbury Road which includes Hurst Park Avenue, Orchard Avenue, Leys Road and Highworth Avenue. The group aims to protect and enhance the streetscape and character of the estate and are a partner with Camcycle and other groups in the Milton Road Alliance.

hpera.co.uk

 

Cycle Safety in Storey’s Way

The Cycle Safety in Storey’s Way group campaigns for better cycling conditions in the local area and works closely with other groups such as the Storey’s Way Residents Association. Its Twitter feed is a bit out of date, but gives an idea of the work they do.

twitter.com/NWCambsCycle

 

Arbury Road East Residents Association (ARERA)

ARERA aims to provide a forum for discussion of issues affecting residents and business owners on Arbury Road, and its side streets, from the North Cambridge Academy school to the junction at Milton Road. The group is currently campaigning for the installation of a modal filter between Leys Road and Arbury Court to remove through traffic and provide safer conditions for walking and cycling.

arera.org.uk

 

Save Your Cycle Route

Save Your Cycle Route was a campaign set up to stop Adams Road, used by thousands of cyclists every day, becoming a busway. Over 3,000 people signed the group’s petition and plans for the busway were rerouted away from Adams Road in May 2020.

facebook.com/saveyourcycleroute

 

A10 Corridor Campaign

The A10 Corridor Campaign was set up to improve and promote cycling conditions for people of all ages and abilities who would like to be able to cycle along the corridor between Royston and Cambridge. They recently celebrated the approval of the Melbourn Greenway which will help speed up improvements along this route.

a10corridorcycle.com

 

Camcycle events

Find out more information on upcoming Camcycle meetings and social events.

camcycle.org.uk/events