This article was published in 2018, in Newsletter 140.
From its humble beginnings as a four-page black and white newsletter to the current full-colour magazine full of photos, the bi-monthly publication from Camcycle has always been our key campaigning tool. It’s the way we update members about our work, convey our vision to stakeholders and decision-makers and share the benefits of cycling with wider audiences in and around Cambridge. Whether you leaf through a copy in the library or doctor’s surgery, read from cover to cover in an office in Shire Hall or browse through articles online, we are extremely proud of the 140 issues we have published since July 1995 and even prouder of the many volunteers who have brought each to life.
The move to a quarterly format
In June, having just won Best Charity Magazine at the Cambridge Community Magazine Awards, you might have thought we’d take a moment to relax and enjoy the rewards of our hard work. But the appearance of the bi-monthly print deadline soon put paid to that idea! The need to juggle schedules and content as we squeezed in the important position piece about our vision for Mill Road (which has gained lots of media coverage since its release) has made us think again about what this publication is for and how we produce it. ‘News’ comes out much more frequently than every two months via our email newsletters and social media channels, as well as our members’ forum, Cyclescape. Key volunteers have been hard to recruit recently and, when we approached a potential new editor and were asked if we’d ever considered moving to a quarterly format, we thought again about changes that might improve the magazine. As a result, from the next issue (out December 2018), we have decided to move to a series of four seasonal issues per year. We have two new editors on board, Rosie Humphrey and Adam Jenkins, who will direct the transition to a larger, higher-quality magazine which sets the standard for a new era of award-winning content. We’ll continue to update you on the latest Cambridge cycling news and our campaigning work while featuring articles on personal experiences of cycling, cycle touring and holidays and specific focuses such as inclusive cycling or cargo cycles. But we’ll also be making improvements, adding new regular features and making it clearer how you can get involved with each campaign and support our work.
We’re already busy behind the scenes planning the new format and content, but we’d also love to hear your ideas! Tell us what we do well, what you’d like to see more of, or something you’ve seen in another charity or membership magazine that you think we should do too. Even better, get involved! Join our new magazine team and help shape this essential campaigning tool. We’re currently in need of layout designers and web editors to help us translate the words we receive into vibrant pages of content in print and online. We’d also welcome new writers, photographers or illustrators: show us what matters to you by bringing your cycling issues and experiences to a wider audience. Camcycle is one voice for nearly 1,300 members and many tens of thousands of others who cycle in the Cambridge area. Help us ensure we are doing the best job we can for them all.
If you have ideas for our new magazine or would like to get involved, write to us at email@example.com or