This article was published in 2017, in Newsletter 133.
It’s a common misconception that to be a member of Camcycle you also need to be active in our campaigning work. While we appreciate every bit of help we can get, the simple act of membership is in itself of vital significance.
At least 50% of people in Cambridge cycle at least once a month and 31% cycle at least five times a week. However, our membership stands at around 1% of the Cambridge population. While that is actually very high and comparable to or greater than our local political parties, we think it should be higher.
The more members we have the stronger our voice when we campaign for more, better and safer cycling. Membership fees also help cover our campaigning and running costs. As development ramps up around Cambridge a strong and loud cycling campaign is more important than ever.
So if you know someone who supports cycling in Cambridge, please ask them to support us. We’ve included membership leaflets in this edition of the Newsletter for you to share. You can also help by distributing our membership leaflets around Cambridge. Does your local bike shop, cafe or community centre have space for leaflets? If you would like more leaflets, please get in touch.
We are also working on improving our group or ‘corporate’ membership packages. If your organisation or employer would like to be involved in developing this programme then we would love to hear from you.
You might like to consider upgrading to a donor member or making an additional contribution on a monthly or annual basis.
We also welcome your suggestions on how we can make membership more appealing.
A quick reminder of membership benefits:
- six newsletters posted to you (or read online)
- discounts at a large number of local bike shops and other organisations.
- voting rights at meetings
- opportunities to get involved and shape our campaigning activities
- if you wish, participation in our discussion forum on Cyclescape
- most importantly, improvements to cycling in and around Cambridge by supporting our work.
- Individual: £17.50
- Household: £22.50
- Donor: £100
- Budget: £3.50
- Group/corporate membership*: £100 (*Rates and package will be upgraded soon)
Find more about Camcycle membership at www.camcycle.org.uk/membershipand please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more leaflets, suggestions or any other membership issues.
Roxanne De Beaux