Camcycle news

This article was published in 2022, in Magazine 155.

New trustees join the Board

Rosie Tween, Pip Emery and Gabriel BienzobasWith a few spaces on our Board after the 2022 AGM, we are delighted to announce that we have recently co-opted three new trustees.

Gabriel Bienzobas Mauraza is the leader of Milton Cycling Campaign and would particularly like to see progress in the connections between villages and towns in the Cambridge periphery. He aims to support our HR processes, help shape policy and improve Camcycle’s outreach.

Pip Emery brings brand strategy, communications and marketing experience to the role of Camcycle trustee. Her professional background included roles at Amnesty and Fairtrade International and locally she has volunteered for Addenbrooke’s/ACT and Cambridge Sustainable Food. She aims to widen Camcycle’s appeal and work for deeper community engagement, centred on the enjoyment of cycling.

Rosie Tween enjoys the freedom handcycling brings. She volunteers for a national charity as a wheelchair skills trainer and believes there needs to be a proper awareness of people who have ‘different abilities’. She wants to help us work for diverse representation at every level of the planning process.

Pledgers needed for our next Big Give challenge

It may be the Summer issue, but we’re already thinking about winter as we prepare for our 2022 Big Give Christmas Challenge match-funding campaign. This year, we want to raise money for our work for Cycling For All, with a focus on removing barriers to cycling.

To help build our pot of match funds, we’re looking for a number of ‘pledgers’ who can donate at least £500. If you can support our work in this way, please contact Roxanne by emailing her on roxanne.debeaux@camcycle.org.uk as soon as possible. Thank you!

Out and about with the Camcycle stall bike

Reaching new people: Camcycle’s stall bike visits the Arbury Carnival, Cambridge
Climate & Sustainability Forum Green Fair and the Vision Zero Road Safety Day of Action.

When we asked Camcycle members in our 2021 membership survey about ways to reach out to local communities and share the joy of cycling, one of the key priorities highlighted was taking our stall bike to local festivals and events. With that in mind, we are keen to get out and about as much as possible this summer and have been attending new events such as the Arbury Carnival.

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who have helped us on the stall so far – if you’d like to get involved in a future event, please email us at contact@camcycle.org.uk. Support is provided: all you need is a friendly face!

We’d also appreciate members getting in touch to recommend events you think we should attend. In general, we find community fairs with high footfall to be the most worthwhile, but are open to trying new things, especially if we have local volunteers to help. Tell us also about cycle-themed merchandise: what would you like to see on the stall? Which local artists could we collaborate with?

The Festival returns

After a quiet couple of years, we’re delighted to announce that the Cambridge Festival of Cycling will return this September – come and join the fun! We’re still confirming details, but please save the dates for the Cargo Carnival on Saturday 24 September and Stourbridge Medieval Fair on Saturday 3 September, where we’ll have a stall by the Chisholm Trail.

Camcycle is looking for volunteers to help during the festival in roles including marshalling rides, putting up posters and helping on stalls. We would also welcome sponsorship from local organisations who support our work. Please email us at contact@camcycle.org.uk to find out more.

We also love to promote other cycling-related events during the month so if you have an event you’d like us to include, get in touch.

 More information coming soon at cambridgefestivalofcycling.org