Lessons from the low-car life with Anna, Yasmin and Helen

What lessons can we learn from those who live a low-car life? What insights could help decision-makers enable more people to choose active travel or build communities that don’t entrench car dependency?

Camcycle’s March meeting is the first in a series of events about Sustainable Communities. Our Communications Officer Anna Williams was joined by Yasmin Emerson and Helen Mulligan to share stories of living low-car lives with young families. They talk about their motivations behind living without a car, the benefits of 15-minute communities (where many shops and services are within a 15-minute walk or cycle ride) and the delights and challenges of carrying children by cycle and using public transport.

The meeting also includes a round-up of the latest Camcycle news and campaigning issues from our Executive Director Roxanne De Beaux, who gives updates on the A14 bridge barriers and Mill Road, and shares information about the upcoming elections, potholes, cycle theft, School Streets and our cycling policies.

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 6 April, when we’ll be holding a hustings event for the candidates running to be the next Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.



Links to more information

Family Cycling UK

A highly-recommended Facebook group full of families who share inspiring stories and give friendly advice about cycling with children.

Family Cycling UK facebook group


Cycle commuting

Anna’s article from Newsletter 91 comparing rural and urban commutes by cycle. You can also read more about her cycling history in this article.

My way: country vs city



The cycle delivery service supporting local independent cafés and restaurants. We also recommend Click It Local, another bike-based service which started up in 2020.



Emerson adventures

Read more about Yasmin’s family adventures on a triplet and tandem.

Five go cycle touring


Recommended reading

The book that sparked Yasmin’s pledge to only shop for groceries on foot or by cycle.

The Energy Glut by Ian Roberts and Phil Edwards


Cycling news

Links to more information on the cycling issues mentioned during this meeting.

A14 bridge barriers at Swavesey and Bar Hill
2021 elections
Cycling UK’s Pothole Watch week
Latest blogpost on Mill Road
School Streets
Cycling policies


Camcycle events

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