This article was published in 2019, in Magazine 142.
Camcycle welcomes Outspoken Cycles, Outspoken Training and Zedify to our local business partners programme.
We’re working with the Outspoken businesses to develop our new partners programme which provides local businesses who support our work and our aims with bespoke packages including social media publicity, discount on magazine advertising, dedicated news from Camcycle and employee discounts on Camcycle membership.
Mark Searle, manager at Outspoken Cycles said “Outspoken and Zedify are incredibly proud to partner with Camcycle and show our support for the great work they do. Working in the same building, we’ve been able to watch Camcycle grow and see their fantastic work across Cambridge and beyond. Camcycle’s goals of better, safer and more cycling in and around Cambridge chime closely across all the work we do, from zero emission last-mile deliveries, through to cycling training and Dr Bikes in Cambridge businesses.”
Could you be our next summer intern?
Our paid summer internship is back again in 2019 and we are excited to hear from candidates who are passionate about everyday cycling. This is a great opportunity for someone to bring their own knowledge, energy and commitment to their work for our charity, while developing skills and experience that will prepare them for future careers. This is an eight-week programme beginning in July, although we can be flexible on dates and working hours to ensure it is open to as many candidates as possible.
The intern will be working alongside our Executive Director, Roxanne De Beaux, and Communications and Community Officer, Anna Williams, in addition to our team of volunteers. The successful candidate will spend their time working on a key strategic project, our Cambridge Festival of Cycling and providing general support for our campaigning work. Activities are likely to include project planning and management, reviewing planning applications, market research, event organisation and communications including content creation and social media. We will work with the candidate to plan activities that focus on the skills they would like to develop for their chosen career.
We’re dedicated to providing a programme of a high standard which will be beneficial for the intern’s professional development. De Beaux says: ‘As a charitable organisation, we believe it is important that any internship we offer should be paid, high-quality, open and accessible. Our intern will be a valuable contributor to our team and we look forward to their work making a real impact on our goals.’
Last year’s summer intern, Emma Pritchard (left), said, ‘When I started my internship, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I wanted to learn a lot more about local policy and how it works. What I learned is that a small group of local people that are enthusiastic and passionate can make a huge amount of difference. As part of my internship I was majorly involved in organising the Cambridge Festival of Cycling, a really awesome month of events in September. I was really pleased to be a part of it, getting stuck into the planning, the management and speaking to loads of new people – traders, businesses and lots and lots of cyclists!’
Applicants are asked to include with their application a video of up to two minutes in length explaining why they are interested in interning with Camcycle and how they will help our work for more, better and safer cycling.
To apply, please send your completed application form, CV and video (or link to video) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications close midnight, 7 April 2019. Interviews will be scheduled week commencing 1 April. Anticipated start date is 8 July.
For more information about our summer internship programme, please visit camcycle.org.uk/internship
Call for sponsors and events for the 2019 Cambridge Festival of Cycling
After an amazing success in 2018, the Cambridge Festival of Cycling is back for September 2019 and will be even bigger and better. Camcycle is coordinating this month-long programme of cycling fun which is already filling up. Popular events like the Cargo Carnival and picnic social ride will be back, along with some exciting new activities.
Cambridge Independent will join us again as media partners, providing coverage of the festival and cycling issues in their September editions. Event sponsors Outspoken and Power to the Pedal will also be returning to support the Cargo Carnival. If your organisation would like to sponsor the festival or one of the events, please get in touch now.
The festival aims to celebrate everything about cycling in Cambridge, from everyday cycling, family cycling, diversity of cycling, sports cycling and cycle touring, to the history, science and art of cycling. Community groups and organisations are invited to submit their own events.
Previous events have included social cycle rides, cycle try-outs, movie nights, photography exhibitions, and guest speakers. We’re particularly keen to see events that promote and celebrate the diversity of cycling in Cambridge and events which encourage new people to try cycling. There is no charge to include your event in the festival, but donations to Camcycle are certainly appreciated to help fund the efforts to produce the festival.
SOCIAL EVENTS THIS SPRING
All are welcome to Camcycle’s spring social
Our next social will be on Tuesday 12 March at the Alex pub (formerly the Alexandra Arms) on Gwydir Street. We will be there from 6.30pm, but feel free to pop in at any time.
We will have our own dedicated space in the Garden Room at the back and burgers and drinks can be purchased at the bar.
We extend a special invitation to new members and supporters who would like to learn more about us, but don’t worry, this is a social – we won’t just talk about cycling!
Join us for the 2019 bank holiday ride to Reach
Bank holiday Monday 6 May: round up friends, colleagues, or family and enjoy a leisurely 14km ride through the countryside to the village of Reach for the Reach Fair. Why not come as a group with a theme, a colour or the logo of your business?
We meet at the Guildhall at 9am and will depart at 10am sharp. There are several meeting points along the way, including the Green Dragon Bridge and Newmarket Road Park & Ride; we will list additional locations on our website as we find out about them. Ely Cycling Campaign are meeting at 9am to ride from Ely station. Perhaps you could organise a ride from your school, village or workplace too? This year the led return ride from Reach will depart from the cycle parking area at 3pm so that we have more time to enjoy the fair.
We welcome Continental Tyres as ride sponsors, working with Outspoken Cycles to deliver cycle mechanic support. We also thank the City Council for their ongoing support of the event.
To find out more follow us on Twitter at @ReachRide or visit camcycle.org.uk/ReachRide
VOTE BIKE IN 2019!
Space for Cycling ride Saturday 13 April
What do we want? ‘Space for Cycling!’. What will we do? ‘Vote Bike!’.
Join us for our Space for Cycling ride on Saturday 13 April when we will cycle through the city centre, to Cambridge Station, and then along Mill Road to raise awareness of the need for Space for Cycling in Cambridge.
Meet in front of the Guildhall at 10am for a 10.30am departure. We will finish the ride at about 11.30am at Parker’s Piece where participants can join us for an informal picnic if they wish (please bring your own food). We would love to see local election candidates, councillors and business leaders participating in the ride to learn more about why better cycling infrastructure is so important.
All are welcome on this ride; however, please be aware that at times we will be riding on busy roads congested with motor traffic.
We’re encouraging other cycling campaigns in the region to hold rides in their own towns and villages and we know that other cities around the UK are also organising Space for Cycling rides.
Keep up to date with plans for this ride at camcycle.org.uk/events
We will be producing another election survey for the city council elections this May. If you have a cycling-related question you would like answered by candidates in your city council ward, please post it
to Cyclescape or email it to us at email@example.com. The survey responses will be posted on our website in April.
View candidates’ responses to our survey at camcycle.org.uk/elections