Helping the Campaign

This article was published in 2014, in Newsletter 117.

We elected a new committee at the AGM. It’s always tough persuading people to stand for the committee: people with busy lives are understandably daunted by a commitment to do more in addition to their jobs, families and other pastimes but you don’t need to be a member of the committee to help the Campaign.

Just being a member helps the Campaign. The more people we represent, the more seriously we are taken by councillors, officers and developers. You help fund the Campaign. If you know anyone who is thinking about joining but doesn’t have any time to do anything else, persuade them to join anyway!

Respond to consultations. Even if you agree with everything the Campaign has said in our official response (and if you don’t!), it is still worth responding as an individual, because volume matters as well as highlighting specific arguments. A tick-box survey, as many of them are, is very quick to fill in.

Please join Cyclescape, our online forum. This is where most Campaign activity takes place nowadays. You can restrict your interest to particular areas or routes, so you are not inundated with information, and get updates on what’s happening in your area. You can also contribute to discussion and shape campaign response on an issue, or create issues of your own if you think there’s a problem the Campaign is not addressing.

We also need people to draft letters based on Cyclescape discussion, and proofread other people’s letters. Every other month this newsletter needs articles, layout and editing.

There are various other offline activities that require volunteers: collecting responses for a petition, measuring roads, counting traffic, manning the Campaign stall at a community event and delivering newsletters.

If you are interested in helping the Campaign with any of the above, please get in touch via our email address.

Hester Wells