Can You Help?

This article was published in 1998, in Newsletter 21.

As Co-ordinator, one of the things about Cambridge Cycling Campaign I most value is so many people’s willingness to contribute time and support. Many members contribute significant amounts of time and energy, in many ways, to keep building the Campaign. Thank you.

We know that not everyone wants, or is able, to take an active part in the Campaign. That’s fine by us. Every membership and renewal is valuable to us in its own right, in strengthening our voice. (For example, I belong to a few other transport-related organisations, to support them, with no chance of getting more involved.)

I’m writing this because one or two people have said recently that it looks like a few people in the Campaign have ‘got it pegged’ and that it looks like there isn’t really anything useful anyone else can contribute.

In fact, we depend on input, ideas and suggestions from members, but time is our biggest limitation, especially during the working day. There are all sorts of things we could do, that would help our work, and that don’t have to require any particular experience or knowledge.

For example, we only sit in on Council Committee Meetings if there’s a vote we feel particularly strongly about. And then, typically, someone will take an afternoon off work to go along and just take notes of who said what. Occasionally, we spend time counting journeys, and that also takes time.

So this is a gentle plea to those of you who might be able to spare us the occasional hour or two, especially in the working day. If you think you might be able to lend an occasional hand, please get in touch with me, or phone the usual Campaign number.

We promise not to put pressure on you to do anything you don’t want to do, or don’t have time for. There are lots of ways to help:

  • Just join!
  • Come along to one of our Open Meetings
  • Lend a hand on our Saturday stall (give Sarah a ring on Cambridge 366152)
  • Join a sub-group if one interests you
  • Help a friend to start cycling (tell them about quiet routes; give them a copy of 0n Your Bike magazine for advice and inspiration; ride with them on their regular journey)
  • Tell a friend about the Campaign
  • Help with administration and filing (I’m continually snowed under with post and newspaper cuttings!)
  • Come along one Friday evening when we stuff newsletters into envelopes – it’s fun, and a good way to meet other members
  • Write a letter on something you feel strongly about
  • Join us at the Zebra after a monthly meeting or on the third Monday of each month, to share your ideas.

Clare Macrae