This article was published in 2013, in Newsletter 109.
We’ve mentioned in these pages before that we have been developing an alternative to our mailing lists, called Cyclescape. By the time you read this we should have switched to using Cyclescape instead of our discussion mailing lists. Our committee has already been using it for some time.
Those of you who have not joined mailing lists because of the volume of email may now want to join the more manageable Cyclescape.
Cyclescape is an online forum, but it has the advantage of being much more selective about what you want to receive or discuss. You can take part in as many or as few of the discussions as you like. This can be geographically based. So for example, when you find roadworks with a ‘Cyclist Dismount’ sign, rather then sending a widely broadcast email, you can create an ‘issue’ for it which says where it is on the map. And you can opt in or out of each conversation separately.
Once a discussion is going you can continue it on the Cyclescape website or by email (like a more finely-grained email list) as you prefer. Unlike the email lists, though, you can also attach photos and documents to the conversation, set deadlines, and tag them (so e.g. the tag ‘dismount’ could allow you to find other instances of unwarranted Cyclist Dismount signs), and search.
You can also say (on a map) ‘only tell me about issues in Trumpington’ or ‘tell me about discussion related to my commuting route’ etc, or get everything concerning the group. You can either ask us to send you an invitation, or sign up yourself, at camcycle.cyclescape.org. If you do it yourself, you will have to request membership of the the Cycling Campaign group (the system is for all cycle groups, not just us) after defining your area of interest, and also set your email preferences.