Sam Davies: local activism and community organising in Queen Edith’s

Sam Davies is a resident of Queen Edith’s who wears many hats in her day-to-day life including Chair of the Queen Edith’s Community Forum and long-standing member (and former committee member) of Camcycle. We welcomed Sam to speak at our monthly meeting in December 2020 to share her thoughts on cycling issues in Queen Edith’s and to give us an insight into the way the Queen Edith’s Community Forum has engaged local residents, attracting over a hundred volunteers to become involved with its various projects and events. Sam believes passionately that the neighbourhood is the unit of social change – she thinks that we should prize and foster our neighbourhoods a lot more than we currently do.

Sam began by introducing herself and speaking about her history of cycling and cycle campaigning (including bringing Chris Boardman to Cambridge as part of a Cambridge Cycling Campaign event!). She then spoke about the nature of Queen Edith’s as a place, the work of the Queen Edith’s Community Forum and how cycling issues fit in with the bigger picture in this area, such as the growth of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

At the end of the meeting, Roxanne gave an update on local cycling issues and consultations, current volunteer roles and news of upcoming events including the Camcycle AGM. She also thanked all Camcycle’s members, supporters and volunteers for their work and campaigning – it’s been a challenging year, but also one in which so much has been achieved for cycling. With more to do in 2021, please do give a donation through the Big Give Christmas Challenge which this year is focusing on our Spaces to Breathe campaign.

This meeting was originally held on our Facebook channel and is also available to view on YouTube.

The next Camcycle meeting will be held online on Tuesday 2 February, when London-based active travel campaigner Sarah Berry will be our guest speaker.

Links to more information

Queen Edith’s Community Forum

The community forum aims to make Queen Edith’s ‘a better and a brighter place to be’. It is independently run by residents for residents and aims to build a greater sense of community within and around the area.

queen-ediths.info

 

Sam’s website

Find out more about Sam Davies’s work, and cycling and community issues around Queen Edith’s on her website. Recent blogposts feature her views on Cambridge South station and the next Local Plan.

sam4qe.com/

 

Smarter Cambridge Transport

Sam is part of the team at Smarter Cambridge Transport, an apolitical, voluntary organisation, advancing integrated, sustainable and equitable transport for the Cambridge region.

smartertransport.uk

 

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

Support Camcycle’s work for Spaces to Breathe and double your donation when you donate as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020.

camcycle.org.uk/biggive2020

 

Current consultations

Please support the following measures put in place as part of the Covid-19 active travel programme, which are currently out for consultation. It is important that these trials are continued into 2021, with improvements made where necessary, with a view to making the new low-traffic neighbourhoods and active travel routes permanent.

Mill Road bus gate scheme survey
GCP modal filter scheme survey

For both of the above schemes, you should also email policyandregulation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk to share your positive experiences and comments on any improvements you would like to see.

Have your say on a wide range of consultations on projects which will have an impact on cycling:

Cambridge South East Transport Better Public Transport and Active Travel
Waterbeach to Cambridge
Cambridge Eastern Access
East Barnwell Conversation
Cambridge City Council Climate Change Strategy
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate Change

 

Camcycle AGM with guest speaker Melissa Bruntlett

We’re delighted to welcome Melissa Bruntlett, cycling communications specialist and co-author of Building the Cycling City, to speak at our AGM on Saturday 23 January at 2pm. The meeting will also include a review of 2020, a look forward to campaigns in 2021 and the presentation of our annual Camcycle awards. Owing to the pandemic, this meeting will be held online. All are welcome, but registration is essential.

camcycle.org.uk/agm-2021

 

Become a Camcycle trustee

With our 2021 AGM coming up in January, we’d love to chat with anyone interested in becoming a Camcycle trustee. Most trustee roles do not require specific skills and you don’t even have to cycle yourself – you just have to be passionate about the changes cycling can bring to local communities. This year, we’re particularly recruiting for a new treasurer to support our charity and guide our strategic financial direction.

camcycle.org.uk/becomeatrustee

 

Support Camcycle through the Coop Local Community Fund

We’re delighted that staff at the Coop stores in north Cambridge have selected us as one of their Local Community Fund causes for the next year. Visit our cause page on the Coop website to become a Coop member for £1 and choose Camcycle as your local cause so you can support our work every time you shop.

membership.coop.co.uk/causes/48350

 

Camcycle events

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

camcycle.org.uk/events