This article was published in 2021, in Magazine 152.
“Being a Camcycle trustee is an enriching experience”
I came into contact with Roxanne and Camcycle back in 2016, while directing the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival, and we hit it off right away: I admire her energy and vision to improve the lives of the thousands of cyclists in Cambridge and beyond. I joined the Board of Trustees in 2020.
As someone who was terrified of cycling on the roads when I first moved to Cambridge, I am truly passionate about improving safety for cyclists and raising public awareness of the rules and guidance in place for sharing the road with all other users.
My time as a Camcycle trustee has inspired and helped inform my own work, which combines technology and data to promote safer and smarter micromobility and to inform policy, operators, and road users.
Being a trustee is a commitment but one that comes with many satisfactions and rewards: for instance, when I see how my contributions directly support the achievement of Camcycle’s mission.
In addition to the bimonthly trustees’ meetings, there are also opportunities for board members to get to know each other socially, and it has been really enjoyable to find out about their different experiences and backgrounds. Like everyone else involved with our charity, I am a cyclist and I like to get out for long cycle rides with friends and to support other cycling initiatives too; for instance, in September I will be riding the VeloLight21 in Cambridgeshire, in support of children’s grant-making charity ‘Charlie’s Gift’.
In my experience, being a trustee at Camcycle provides both personal growth and a great sense of community!
“It’s great to see the direct impact of our work”
After being elected as a trustee I managed to make it to one in-person meeting before the entire country was locked down due to Covid-19. Since then I have been learning the ropes on how to help run Camcycle and its sometimes daunting range of different projects, campaigns, and communication channels. The experience has been overwhelmingly positive so far: I’ve taken the helm on some smaller campaigns, and it’s been great to see their direct impacts. I’ve also helped out with some of the administrative work behind the scenes.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, but it has also ushered in something of an active travel revolution around the world. It’s been a privilege to be part of an organisation that directly influences how local government and communities respond to the pandemic, and which is now looking forward to how we can lock in many of the gains that have been made in the past year.
Eventually I hope to make it to a second in-person trustee meeting, and I am looking forward to getting back out into the community more as the pandemic eases.