This article was published in 1997, in Newsletter 15.
The Cycling Campaign is now just a few short of 400 members strong. This makes us the largest local cycling campaign group outside London! I think it is extremely encouraging that we have been able to go from nothing to 400 in just over two years. This really matters, because our legitimacy as an organisation depends on this support. We know that not everyone can take an active part in Campaign activities, but your subscription and your support make it possible for us to be a strong voice in the Cambridge area. (If you do have some time, there’s lots to be done – in particular Paula would love to hear from you if you can help staff the stall.)
At the AGM in October, we set ourselves a target – to increase to 500 members by October 1998. Inevitably, people move away or for whatever reason have to drop out, so this means recruiting more than another 100 people. Over the next couple of months we’ll be developing ways of attracting new members. We’ll be talking to bike shops. We’ll be looking at where we can contact cyclists directly. And we are looking at what we can do as an incentive for you to recruit your friends and neighbours.
But there’s no need to wait. You can help in a number of ways:
- Please renew your membership! The easiest way to keep growing is to keep the members we have. Bike shop discounts can easily pay for your membership!
- If you can help with the recruitment drive, that would be very welcome. Please give me a call.
- Do you have friends, neighbours or colleagues who would like to join? Don’t worry if you don’t have a spare membership form – just leave a message on the answerphone and we’ll send as many as you need.
- Are you a member of any other organisation which might be complementary? While I think distributing leaflets for the AA might not be very appropriate, we could arrange a leaflet swap with sympathetically minded organisations.
And thank you all for your feedback. It’s good to hear from you. And while we’re not all going to agree on everything all the time, if we don’t, we want to know about it.
Dave Earl 690718