Around 65 people attended Camcycle’s 2023 annual general meeting at the Storey’s Field Centre in Eddington, our first in-person AGM for three years. It was wonderful to see everyone!
Trustees and staff reviewed 2022, raising highlights including our biggest ever Cargo Carnival, 72% of respondents to the Mill Road survey supporting a new modal filter on the bridge, the launch of the Cambridgeshire Sustainable Travel Alliance and over 150 volunteers supporting our work.
Read more in our 2022 Annual Review.
During Robin Heydon’s report as Chair, the 2021 minutes were approved (find them in the AGM 2023 agenda pack) and Robin then announced that he was standing down as Chair after eight years in the role. We’re very grateful for all he has given to the charity during this key time for our organisation as it took on its first employees, rebranded and increased income from around £18-20,000 per year to around £150,000. Robin paid tribute to two trustees stepping down this year: Martin Lucas-Smith and Matthew Danish who have both played transformative roles in Camcycle’s work and development. He also thanked Tom McKeown who stepped down as trustee last year, but missed out on an in-person thanks due to the Covid pandemic.
Peter Gotham gave a report as Treasurer: we’ve had a significant increase in income (thanks to individual donations and funding for our Zero Carbon Streets campaign), but expenditure has increased more, largely due to Josh’s salary as our new Infrastructure Campaigner. There were no questions and the accounts were approved, with thanks to David Earl, Sue Edwards and Brian Corbett and the bookkeeping firm TBD. Peter is standing down as Treasurer this year and Robin thanked him for his work, especially on the move to accrual accounting.
Read the full Trustees’ Annual Report & Financial Statements.
Peter had also led work on the move to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO): after some explanation from trustees and detailed questions from members, the motion to progress the setting up of a CIO and agree the draft constitution was passed unanimously.
View the full text of the motion here.
Roxanne, our Executive Director, returned to thank Robin for his time as Chair and allow time for member queries. Questions were asked about the role of Active Travel England, our plans for regional engagement and our position on the proposed Sustainable Travel Zone for Cambridge.
DCS Andy Cox: changing the culture around road crime
Our guest speaker, Andy Cox is Detective Chief Superintendent & Head of Crime at Lincolnshire Police and Chair of the strategic board for serious collision investigation. He’s also a formidable campaigner for road danger reduction, important to Camcycle as one of the biggest barriers to active travel is threats to safety on the road.
Andy began his talk by making the point that road crime is real crime. Often the media and some sections of the public think of speed enforcement as merely a means of raising revenue, but a death toll of four to five people on the roads each day should not be normalised. Someone is killed every five and a half hours and seriously injured every 22 minutes. It’s vital to change attitudes across society and, within the police, to move to a more targeted, intelligence-led approach. Using ANPR cameras to home in on drivers meeting one or more of the ‘four pillars’ of lack of tax, MOT, registration and insurance together with disqualification and drink- or drug-driving offences means that the most dangerous drivers could be pulled over fairly easily. Often, they might be linked to other crimes as well: for example, it was a traffic stop that led to the arrest of serial killer Peter Sutcliffe. Often people that take risks on the road will be taking risks in other areas of life as well.
Speeding is by far and away the greatest risk factor and Andy would like to see a change to the data so that the cause of collisions (they are not ‘accidents’) is updated from the final evidence rather than the initial record. When this was done in Manchester, speeding as the cause of collisions jumped from 20% to a massive 80%. In fact, in every incident speed is a factor: using a phone while driving at less than 1 mile an hour is going to cause far less harm than doing so at 40mph.
Andy also believes that the ‘exceptional hardship’ loophole for avoiding driving bans should be abolished and some lifetime bans are needed. He recently tweeted about someone driving at 163mph on the M1 who only received a 56-day driving ban. Why is this behaviour not seen as dangerous and potentially murderous as possessing a knife?
Andy isn’t a cyclist, but is a keen runner. He regularly takes part in sponsored runs for RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims. He encouraged cyclists to use handlebar or helmet cameras and to submit footage of dangerous driving and help reduce future collisions and fatalities. The talk ended with a round of questions from Camcycle members.
2022 Camcycle awards
It was a delight to present Camcycle awards to the following people who have worked so hard for more, better and safer cycling in 2022:
Councillor of the Year: Paul Bearpark of South Cambridgeshire District Council for his determined advocacy on active travel for the current and future residents of Waterbeach
Magazine photo of the year: Anna Langley (Spring 2022 issue) for her photo of the opening of the Chisholm Trail
Magazine article of the year: Iris Bostanci (Summer 2022 issue) for inspiring others with her many years campaigning for a safe route to Royston and showing you’re never too young to make a difference
Campaign of the Year: Sarah Hughes and cargo bike users of Cambridgeshire for ‘Love Cargo Bikes‘
Newcomer of the year: Lindsey Smith, for being a friendly and enthusiastic event marshal and sharing positive Camcycle stories on social media
Campaigner of the Year: Rosie Tween, for being a proactive trustee, column writer, stall bike host and working with Wheels for Wellbeing among other things
Volunteer of the year: Martin Willetts – stall bike host, ride marshal, magazine distributor, leaflet deliverer, article writer and more!
Lifetime achievement award: James Woodburn for his outstanding contributions over more than a decade. His dogged determination and leadership enabled the Corn Exchange contraflow.
2023 Camcycle trustees
All the trustee candidates were elected to the board, as follows. We welcome Paul as our new Chair and are currently recruiting for a new Treasurer.
Camcycle Chair: Paul Robison
Camcycle Secretary: Christopher Loughlan
Camcycle trustees: Gabriel Bienzobas, Alessandra Caggiano, Phil Carter, Sue Edwards, Pip Emery, Peter Gotham, Robin Heydon, Rosie Tween.