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This article was published in 2021, in Magazine 153.

Join us and guest speaker Adam Tranter for AGM celebration and inspiration

Saturday 22 January, 2022
2-5pm, on Zoom

Find out more at camcycle.org.uk/agm2022
Book your place at camcycle.org.uk/agm2022-registration

Adam Tranter, cycling in CoventryWe’re delighted to announce that our guest for this year is Adam Tranter: newly-appointed Cycling & Walking Commissioner for the West Midlands, co-host of the Streets Ahead podcast and CEO of communications agency Fusion Media. His Bike Is Best campaign has brought together the cycling industry, major cycling advocacy organisations and local authorities to promote cycling in a positive and inclusive way across the country.

Adam will be inspiring our 2022 campaigning with a talk on Zero Carbon Streets: from the personal to the political. He’ll discuss ways you can take action on climate in the streets near you from grassroots campaigns like pop-up parklets and school bike buses to bigger initiatives that grab the media’s attention and influence transport policy.

The AGM will also review our year, look forward to the campaigns ahead, and present Camcycle awards to the amazing people who’ve made a difference in 2021. Everybody is welcome to attend, but registration is essential. Please book your place now at camcycle.org.uk/agm2022-registration

Annual General Meeting: Your questions answered

Why is the AGM being held online this year?
The ongoing pandemic means that this is the safest way to hold our meeting. We have made this decision following examination of our constitution and advice from the Charity Commission, and will host the event using Zoom.

What happens at the formal part of a Camcycle AGM?
The AGM is a chance for members to have their say on the running of our charity, to vote trustees onto our board and to bring motions for discussion. To ensure that we have time to prepare for the meeting and share important information with Camcycle members, the deadline for trustee nominations and motions is 5pm on Thursday 16 December.

How does the online voting system work?
Members attending the AGM will be able to vote for trustees and on any motions which arise. If you wish to vote, you will need to become a Camcycle member (if you haven’t already). You can do this at camcycle.org.uk/membership

For the online voting system to work, we need to have an email address for each voting individual. This means that if you share membership with others in your household but we only have one individual’s email address for you all, then only that person will be able to vote. You can add another email address, update your records and get in touch with any other queries by emailing us at membership@camcycle.org.uk

We want to ensure all members attending the AGM can vote so if this process does not work for you, please email contact@camcycle.org.uk or call 01223 690718.

For more AGM details and trustee nomination forms, visit camcycle.org.uk/agm2022

YOU could be a Camcycle trustee!

If you want to see more, better and safer cycling in and around Cambridge for all ages and abilities, why not join Camcycle’s board of trustees and help bring that dream to reality? We welcome your unique perspective and skills. Here, our current board has answered some frequently asked questions. If you want to know more, they invite you to discuss the role further at a time to suit you.

Can I nominate a trustee, or put myself up for nomination?
Yes! We welcome nominations for all trustee roles and encourage people of all skills and backgrounds to apply. We particularly encourage nominations for women, young people (over 18), disabled people, and people from mixed or minority ethnic backgrounds. No experience of being a trustee is necessary, only a passion for enabling and encouraging more, better and safer cycling for all ages and abilities. We provide ongoing training opportunities for our trustees.

Contact us to find out more, and find the trustee application form at camcycle.org.uk/becomeatrustee. The deadline for applications for election at the AGM is 5pm on Thursday 16 December.

Why do we need new trustees each year?
Camcycle is a democratic organisation and we seek new trustees each year to make sure we represent the needs of our members and the wider community. At this year’s AGM, we are keen to have an increased focus on ensuring our board better reflects Cambridge’s diversity. Increased diversity in our trustee board will help us close our skills gaps as well as bring fresh eyes and perspectives to our campaign. It will help ensure that we are better connected to the various communities in Cambridge and beyond where we are trying to make a difference. Making more connections to more communities will empower more people to become campaigners and work for better, safer and more cycling.

Do I have to stand for election to become a trustee?
We understand that the timing and process of elections doesn’t suit every candidate, so there are also some co-opted trustee positions available throughout the year. You can discuss becoming a trustee with us at any time.

Find out more on our trustee page, and please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Double your donation to Zero Carbon Streets!

This year Camcycle is again participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge – please consider giving us an extra gift this festive season to support our work in 2022 and beyond.

The Big Give logo

You can donate on The Big Give website between noon on Tuesday 30 November and noon on Tuesday 7 December and your gift will be doubled thanks to the generosity of local pledgers. Visit camcycle.org.uk/biggive2021 to make your donation.

We’re aiming to raise a total of £20,000 to support our Zero Carbon Streets campaign; we have £10,000 available from local pledgers to match donations. Your gifts will be combined with the money we have already raised through the Big Give Green Match Fund to help fund our new Infrastructure Campaigner and expand our support for local groups as they develop campaigns to transform cycling and walking in their own communities.

There are also many other ways to support Camcycle at this time of year. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about:

  • upgrading your membership to a donor membership
  • adding a donation of any amount to your membership renewal
  • setting up a direct debit with a monthly donation
  • purchasing equipment we need for the office
  • supporting our work as a Camcycle volunteer.

Thanks to our members, supporters, sponsors, partners, donors and volunteers for their invaluable contributions over the last year. The gifts you have given to Camcycle are hugely appreciated, and we’re determined to work even harder for cyclists of all ages and abilities in the future.

December events

Pandemic permitting, we hope to be able to gather with Camcycle members for two events in December. Keep an eye on camcycle.org.uk/events for more information!

  • Festive Lights Ride
    Saturday 4 December, 4.30pm
  • Chisholm Trail opening!
    Date and time to be confirmed