AGM report

This article was published in 2001, in Newsletter 39.

The sixth Annual General Meeting of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign took place on 6 November 2001. Our invited speaker, Bill Park Weir, described recent developments in the Travel for Work and Cycle Friendly Employers schemes.

  • The schemes continue to grow in size, with new companies continuing to join.
  • A new web site about TeleWorking is about to be launched. It contains a toolkit for employers on the use of technology to reduce the need for travel.
  • Some money has been set aside for a project to help businesses install more cycle parking, based on a Bristol scheme called ‘Take a Stand’. The City Council is thinking of a similar scheme, and they are discussing joint-working.
  • The County Council is investigating the use of ‘webcams’ (video cameras which show images on the Internet) to publicise traffic problems at busy junctions.
  • A new full-time job is about to be advertised. The post holder will work part-time for the Cycle Friendly Employers and Travel for Work Schemes, and part time for the ‘Think Cycling’ initiative which promotes safer cycling in Cambridgeshire. Contact us if you would like information about the post.
  • Cycle Friendly Employers continue to run the Adult Cycle Training Scheme which is growing in popularity.

Bill encourages anyone whose employers might be interested in reducing their travel costs to contact him to find out what the schemes can offer. See http://www.tfw.org.uk and http://www.cfe.org.uk for more information.

New co-ordinator, and elected officers

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Clare Macrae hands over the Co-ordinator’s ceremonial badge of office to new Co-ordinator David Dyer.

The changes are:

  • Co-ordinator: David Dyer. David has contributed to our Saturday stall for many years, has been involved in the Bikes on Trains and Obstructions sub-groups, and went on the Groningen and M√ľnster fact-finding trips. He lectures in European Business Studies at APU.
  • Liaison Officer: Clare Macrae
  • Officer without portfolio: Nigel Deakin (our original ‘Officer without portfolio’!) who has returned to the committee after a year off.

Our thanks go to outgoing committee member Martyn Smith for his many contributions over the last year.

As mentioned last time, after five years as Campaign Co-ordinator, I decided not to stand for the post again at the 2001 AGM. I wanted a break from the administrative and organisational aspects, to be able to concentrate on liaison and campaigning, for which there just hasn’t been time as the organisation has grown.

As Co-ordinator, I have learned much from fellow Campaign members, made many valued friendships, and benefited from the hard work that so many people put into an organisation they care about, not least the dedicated team of people who make the Saturday stall work. Thanks to all of you.

One final change: we have created a new (non-committee) post of Secretary, and are pleased that our webmaster, Martin Lucas-Smith, has offered to take on this role.

The new committee line-up is recorded in Elected Officers.

Clare Macrae