Camcycle News

Be a Christmas Challenge pledger and help us raise £20,000 for our work in 2020

Be a cycling superhero as a Big Give Pledger and help us raise £20,000 for 2020.
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The Christmas Challenge has been an important part of our work since 2016. Working with Champion Funders and Pledgers we are able to double donations up to a certain limit. Last year we raised £10,000 for our Cycling Action Fund in 2019. This year we are aiming for £20,000 to support our work in 2020.

By the end of August we need to demonstrate to the Champion Funders (the grants and trusts who double donations during ‘The Big Give’) that we have raised £5,000 in initial pledges from our supporters. On the strength of this we should be able to secure matching funds of £10,000 for the Christmas Challenge campaign later in the year.

We’ve already secured £3,000 in pledged funds and we need to raise another £2,000 by August. Ideally, pledges will be for amounts over £500. Payment is deferred until after the Christmas Challenge.

Please consider making a pledge now to invest in a healthier and more sustainable Cambridge. Email us at contact@camcycle.org.uk if you’d like more details.

The Christmas Challenge will take place from midday Tuesday 3 December to midday Tuesday 10 December, during which time donations of any amount will be doubled.

thebiggive.org.uk/christmas-challenge

Travel light with new digital Camcycle cards

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From May 2019, we will begin using digital membership cards for members for whom we have an email address. Each year, when your membership is renewed we will email you a new digital membership card. You can save this card to your photos, keep it in your emails or upload it to a wallet app on your phone. We’re hoping this makes it easier to use your card for discounts when shopping in local bike shops, ensures you always have it when you need it and that it will lighten the load of multiple cards to carry and remember.

If we don’t have your email address, you’ll continue to receive a paper card and other members can also choose a paper version if they prefer – let us know at membership@camcycle.org.uk and we will put it in the post.

Membership cards can be checked for validity by scanning the QR code (or typing the URL provided into a browser).

To find out more about the benefits you receive as a Camcycle member visit camcycle.org.uk/membership/discounts

Cambridge Festival of Cycling is back with your favourite events and more!

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CONFIRMED SO FAR…

FAMILY CYCLE RIDE AND PICNIC

Sunday 1 September, 11am
Milton Country Park (meet at the Guildhall or Green Dragon Bridge)

HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS RIDE

Saturday 14 September
With CTC Cambridge (time and meeting point to be confirmed)

CARGO CARNIVAL

Saturday 21 September, 11am
Cargo bike parade and fun for all ages on Lammas Land

BLESSING OF THE BICYCLES

Sunday 29 September, 11am
Great St Mary’s Church

The second Cambridge Festival of Cycling will be launched with our Family Cycle Ride and Picnic on Sunday 1 September. We will enjoy a relaxing ride along the river to Milton County Park: bring your own picnic to enjoy with family and friends. The ride departs from the Guildhall at 11am and Green Dragon Bridge around 11.15am. Keep an eye on our website for details about ‘feeder rides’ from your area that will join the main ride later on its route. Perhaps you could volunteer to lead a group from where you live too.

Join the Cargo Carnival!

Our Cargo Carnival will be back, along with our Cargo Bike Parade, on 21 September. Meet at Lammas Land at 11am with your cargo-carrying bike and join us for a cargo bike parade around town. We’ll have prizes for the best costume and the most unusual cargo. We will return to Lammas Land for the Cargo Carnival which will have local cargo bike businesses promoting and selling their food, drinks and services. There will also be the popular cycle tryouts with cargo cycles, family cycles and commercial cycles to try. We will soon be announcing a schedule of events to run throughout the day.

For those who fancy a longer ride, on Saturday 14 September there will be the Highways and Byways ride with our friends at CTC Cambridge that covers a 35-mile circuit around Cambridge and includes a stop for tea and cake at Anglesey Abbey.

This year, the festival ends with the Blessing of the Bicycles at Great St Mary’s church on Sunday 29 September. Bring your bike for the blessing at 11am and stay for Choral Mattins at 11.15.

There will also be movie nights, exhibitions, guest speakers, craft and cake. If your workplace, cycling club, school or community group would like to organise an event as part of the festival, please get in touch.

The festival is also a great opportunity to volunteer. Organise events, lead bike rides, deliver leaflets, help with our website and more.

We’ve so much more in store so please keep an eye on our website, social media and members’ weekly email updates. www.cambridgefestivalofcycling.org

FROM #CAMCYCLEFEST…TO #CAMCYCLEQUEST!

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This August, Camcycle, in association with local business Tees Law, will be launching CamcycleQuest, a cycling treasure hunt around Cambridge. Participants will be able to find out more about the city and explore new cycle routes with family and friends. There will also be a prize draw and certificate presentations at our Cargo Carnival on Saturday 21 September.

Our CamcycleQuest guides will be available to buy at events and locations around town. We’re encouraging participants to tag their quest progress using #CamcycleQuest on Instagram and Twitter to encourage more people to try exploring by bike.

More information about CamcycleQuest will be revealed soon at www.cambridgefestivalofcycling.org