Campaigning for cycling is a life’s work

This article was published in 2021, in Magazine 152.

Image as described adjacentWhen we conducted our member survey in 2019, you told us that the things you most valued were the volume and range of our campaigning work and our influence on decision-makers. With that in mind, we hope you’ll forgive the delay to the publication of our autumn magazine: it’s been a busy summer of meetings and consultations and we’ve chosen to direct our resources towards the work we feel will have the greatest impact at this transformative moment for cycling. In this issue you can find out more about changes to national and local active travel policy alongside updates on our campaigning and news from various groups across the region who share our vision for Zero Carbon Streets.

We also feature some organisations for which promoting cycling – through cycle training and repair – is a vital part of what they do. However, many of those who contribute to our campaigning do so in a voluntary capacity. In the work-life balance, volunteering finds its place in an area which adds to fulfilment, as Omar Terywall has found. His heroic efforts in the fight against cycle crime have encouraged thousands of others to spend time supporting others, sharing safety tips and even providing intelligence to the police. Jim Chisholm spent a career in transport and has accrued many long years of voluntary service to cycling. The trail that bears his name is progressing well and his commitment to the enactment of Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act has finally been rewarded.

My own experience of the balance between life and work is that there isn’t a fixed, exact formula: I can’t simply split my time 50/50 between work and leisure and maintain a feeling of contentment. Sometimes, family needs more time than hobbies; eight hours on the subject of work doesn’t always feel sufficient; the need for physical exercise, including cycling, changes over time. The balancing act seems more like an endless cycle of peaks and troughs which needs time to reflect, prioritise and take steps to adjust things. If you’re in an adjustment phase, please consider broadening your involvement with Camcycle by becoming a trustee, joining us as a magazine volunteer, or simply taking 10 minutes to complete our latest member survey. Drop us a line: we’d love to hear from you.

Rosie Humphrey, Camcycle editor