This article was published in 2022, in Magazine 154.
Annual review highlights Camcycle successes in 2021
Our 2021 annual review includes many highlights from the year including our new campaigns – Zero Carbon Streets, Save Our Cycles and Safe Junctions – and the opening of phase one of the Chisholm Trail.
Camcycle Chair Robin Heydon writes about LTN 1/20 becoming common terminology within local authorities and seeing several experimental low-traffic schemes made permanent (although sadly not Mill Road). Executive Director Roxanne De Beaux writes about plans for the charity’s growth, including the upcoming appointment of a new Infrastructure Campaigner. We also share our strategy for the next four years which has been shaped by Camcycle members, trustees and staff. We want to grow our influence at a regional level, create agenda-setting campaigns, reach out to local communities and nurture a sustainable organisation to enable our campaigning successes.
- We welcomed phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail and the CYCLOPS junction we had campaigned for on Histon Road
- We supported Milton Cycling Campaign to install over 200 new cycle parking stands in and around the village
- 690 people signed our petition for Safe Junctions
- 91% of those who replied to our member survey said they respond to the consultations we promote (and 2,000+ people used our link to reach the survey on new Active Travel schemes)
- 124 people joined as members and 272 individuals gave donations to support our work.
The review is rounded off with a clear summary of our finances: full details can be found with the review on the website. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our work in 2021 – we couldn’t have done it without you. Please contact us if you would like a printed copy of the annual report.
Santa came to town … on a bike!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first Festive Lights ride on Saturday 4 December. We saw some wonderful decorations during our short tour of the city and many of them were glowing from your cycles!
It was a fun way to welcome in the festive season and we loved meeting lots of new people and seeing happy children enjoying the ride. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible. We hope to make this a regular part of Camcycle’s annual event calendar, so if you have any feedback on how we can make the ride even better in 2022, please get in touch with your suggestions and ideas.
Vote Bike on Thursday 5 May
We know that local decision-makers have a huge impact on cycling issues from bike theft and cycle parking to the approval of developments planned around active travel, so we’ll be running our annual election survey in time for the May elections.
The Reach Ride returns on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May
The Reach Ride is back! It even made the list of top carnivals in a recent Guardian column of readers’ travel tips. Come and join us in 2022 and find out why it’s Camcycle’s most popular event. Gather your friends, colleagues or family for a leisurely ride through beautiful countryside to the historic Reach fair.
This year, the ride will be held on Monday 2 May. If you’re cycling from Cambridge, meet Camcycle at the Guildhall from 9am for a 10am departure. Alternatively, you can join us at the Green Dragon bridge on Stourbridge Common as we cycle past at around 10.15 or Newmarket Road Park & Ride at around 10.30. Those coming from Ely can ride with Ely Cycling Campaign, who will be meeting at Ely railway station from 9am for a 10am departure. Led return rides will depart from the Reach cycle park, to Cambridge at 2.30pm and to Ely at 3pm.
We encourage other local groups to collect in their communities, villages and towns and join us anywhere along the route. Do let us know if you have a meeting point that we can promote.
The route follows National Cycle Network routes NCN51 to Bottisham then NCN11 via Lode. For the return ride to Cambridge, we’ll be taking the off-road cyclepath from Lode to Quy alongside the B1102 and then turning back onto NCN11 via Albert Road to the ‘Missing Sock’. A map of the route will be published on our website and we’ll also have printed maps to hand out on the day.
The whole ride is around 15 miles each way, which children under 10, and some adults, might find challenging. If you would like to try an electric bike or a cargo bike for the ride, please get in touch as we know there are several local bike shops who offer free or affordable trials.
On the day, make sure you bring water, snacks, weather-suitable clothing (e.g. sunhats, raincoats), a bike lock and cash to buy food (there is no cash machine at Reach). It is also advisable to bring a few bits of basic repair kit including a cycle pump.
At Reach, please park your cycle in the fair’s designated area, a field on the left as you approach the village centre. Although there is a fence we suggest you lock bikes together in groups: security is your responsibility.
Can the next Big Give challenge match 2021’s records?
Camcycle has been selected for the 2022 Big Give Green Match Fund, launching on Friday 22 April, World Earth Day.
Last year, we were one of 113 environmental charities that took part in the campaign’s inaugural year and were delighted to raise a massive £10,761 with 85 generous individuals making donations to our work for Zero Carbon Streets. However, a few months later, our supporters outdid themselves raising £20,185 through the Big Give Christmas Challenge, a new record for our charity. Thank you so much to everyone who donated and has helped us fund a new Infrastructure Campaigner (announcement coming soon!). The heat is on for 2022 – can we go even further with our fundraising?