Saturday Stall

This article was published in 2000, in Newsletter 28.

If you have never been along to the Campaign’s Saturday stall, outside the Guildhall between 10.30 am and 1 pm, then why not pay us a visit and see what you’re missing? We are there most Saturdays (unless it’s pouring with rain) and new volunteers are always needed. We are a small team of around 15 regular volunteers who work in pairs on the stall covering three shifts of one hour each on Saturdays throughout the year – that’s over 150 hours.

So why is the stall important and why would you want to give up an hour occasionally on a Saturday to help? I asked our volunteers and this is what they said:

‘…you meet a very interesting selection of people!’

‘I usually enjoy myself … the questions that the public ask remind you why it’s worth having a cycling campaign, and keep you up-to-date on the issues of the day on the road.’

‘I enjoy working on the stall because it gives me a chance to meet ordinary Cambridge citizens and listen to their concerns regarding cycling.’

‘The stall is very important to the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, since this is our public face. It is the only reason many people know we exist, and having us there to talk to encourages many people to join.’

‘Cambridge Cycling Campaign represents real people and the stall is a point of contact. It’s fun to talk to other people on the stall and compare notes on lots of things – not just bikes. An hour passes very quickly!’

‘I feel it is important that people know the Campaign exists – many who talk to us require specific information about cycling in Cambridge which we can usually supply – and we obtain new members this way.’

‘I think it is an important duty to try to defuse the anger of some citizens, car drivers, motorcyclists and pedestrians who have some specific complaint against cyclists.’

‘It’s nice to meet the public and other Campaign members and talk about cycling issues.’

A £1 discount voucher towards Stall merchandise is included in this newsletter – hurry while stocks last!

Sarah Elsegood