This article was published in 2017, in Newsletter 135.
1-31 October 2017
Camcycle was local radio station Cambridge 105’s October ‘Charity of the Month’. Members were interviewed each week about our work and cycling in general.
First was Roxanne De Beaux. ‘I explained that Camcycle evolved from local cyclists campaigning against the ban on cycling in the city centre in 1995. Our members and our volunteers make Camcycle what it is. I also spoke about how revolutionary the Chisholm Trail will be, and the lessons still to be learned from new infrastructure such as the unsuccessful design of Radegund Road roundabout’.
Robin Heydon then joined Suzie Thorpe on her show. ‘We talked tips for winter cycling, especially at night, with bike lights, reflectors and double layers of gloves and socks a must. We also discussed how good infrastructure gives people a real choice over what mode of travel they choose, and how cycleways not only benefit people on bikes but also people walking and people on mobility scooters’.
Simon Nuttall and Willa MacDonald then joined the Phil Rowe show. ‘I spoke about the health benefits of cycling, both physical and mental, and how important it is to keep ageing populations fit, mobile and independent. We talked about the Reach Ride and how this fun, social community bike ride has become a Cambridgeshire tradition. Simon explained how the ride originally started (as a bike ride to Ely going via the Reach fair) and how cycling through the fens is incredibly tranquil and up-lifting.’
Hester Wells chatted to Julian Clover. ‘We were talking about accessibility and e-Bikes. I explained how chicanes and badly-spaced bollards exclude tricycles, cargo bikes and other non-standard bikes from some our of quiet off-road routes, and even block wheelchair and pram access to public spaces.
I also talked about how e-Bike usage can encourage people to cycle trips that would otherwise be difficult, especially as people age but want to continue with independent active travel. Electroassist is really helpful in moving larger cycles filled with children or cargo over bridges such as Coldham’s Lane and the Jane Coston bridge. Currently the government does not apply the same incentives to buying electric bikes as for electric cars and mopeds, even though it aligns with their air pollution improvement targets to enable replacing local trips which would otherwise be driven (see later in this Newsletter). Julian closed by asking what kind of bike I ride: I asked him ‘which one!’
We are grateful to Cambridge 105 for their help in highlighting the good work that we do, and look forward to more collaborations with them in the future.