This article was published in 2016, in Newsletter 129.
First and foremost we have a new home! Camcycle has now moved into the Bike Depot, the home of Outspoken Cycles, Delivery and Training at 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge.
With the growth of our organisation it became clear that we needed a dedicated space. Our new office has room for our officer as well as volunteers who will now have a welcome place to do their work. It will allow us to increase our merchandise offerings now that we have storage space.
The office is conveniently located near the Science Park and will be near the new Cambridge North station and accessible by the Guided Busway cycleway and the hopefully soon-to-be-built Chisholm Trail.
Rob King, Director of Outspoken, welcomed Camcycle: ‘It’s fantastic news that Camcycle have taken one of the offices at the Bike Depot. We look forward to growing the building as a cycling hub – what better people to share a space with than those who champion more and better cycling?’
We have also had upgrades to our stall bike, materials and merchandise.
In July we were awarded £200 from the RAG ballot, which we have used to improve our equipment for stalls. Thanks to this grant we now have a weather-proof pop-up banner, a new sturdy table, a bright tablecloth to attract attention and a range of brochure stands to make our materials easier to manage and see. Our stall now looks much more appealing at local events. Our cargo bike requires some significant improvements: we are working on plans and identifying funding sources for a major upgrade.
We have also developed Camcycle merchandise. Our Camcycle badges, which feature a range of our ‘hero bikes’, have been selling well at events, and we now have our new orange mudguard stickers, one of which you should have received in this newsletter. Owing to demand we are also investigating reflective/hi-viz Camcycle stickers.
We hope our greetings cards will be a hit during the festive season and beyond, and we are planning to revisit our Camcycle T-shirts soon.
The Bike Depot has a community space where we will be able to stock our merchandise for sale, so please do come down to say hello and see what is on offer.
All of these changes, along with our new branding, are intended to broaden the appeal of Camcycle to new members and increase our influence when it comes to matters of cycling in Cambridge. Your feedback, ideas and volunteering assistance are always welcome.
Roxanne de Beaux