This article was published in 2006, in Newsletter 68.
This year’s AGM will be on Tuesday 7 November, 7.30 pm for 8 pm (ending 10 pm), at the Friends’ Meeting House on Jesus Lane.
We are delighted that John Franklin has agreed to be our speaker. John is the author of the acclaimed book Cyclecraft, the definitive guide to skilled cycling techniques. He has been closely involved in cycle planning and safety activities for over 25 years. He is registered as an Expert Witness on cycling skill and proficiency and is a member of the reference group responsible for the development of the National Cyclist Training Project, for which Cyclecraft is the recommended course book. John cycles daily for transport and leisure, and has ridden extensively under all kinds of conditions throughout Britain and Europe.
It will be particularly interesting to hear about John’s work as an Expert Witness in the light of the recent Daniel Cadden case. Cyclist Daniel Cadden was found guilty by Telford Magistrates Court on a charge of Inconsiderate Riding brought by the police because he cycled home from work by road instead of using a parallel cycle track. He was fined £100 with £200 costs. Clearly, this has worrying implications for cyclists across the country.
John will talk about the changes to the Highway Code which have recently been out to consultation, and which became the subject of a major campaign by the Cyclists’ Touring Club earlier this year.
His talk will be followed by an opportunity for questions. The business of the AGM will then follow, including elections to the Committee.
Motions for the AGM must reach the Co-ordinator via our usual contact details by Friday 27 October 2006.
Minutes of the last AGM and the agenda for the next will be sent round our members’ e-mail list a week in advance (or just request a copy from us). You can join the e-mail list using the quick form.
As usual, all the Committee posts, as listed below, are up for election – please consider standing!
- the Co-ordinator ensures that everything is dealt with, and pushes the general strategic direction of the Campaign;
- the Liaison Officer represents the Campaign with other organisations and contacts;
- our Membership Secretary is responsible for membership administration;
- the Newsletter Editor co-ordinates the team of people who edit and assemble the newsletter;
- the Treasurer runs the books, and produces budgets. The Campaign’s yearly turnover is around £7000, but our main resource requirement is time!
- our Stall Officer runs the stall on Saturdays and co-ordinates volunteers for this;
- the Press Officer identifies and co-ordinates opportunities to represent the Campaign in the media. We are contacted about once or twice each month for interviews of various kinds or by media personnel requesting quotes;
- last but not least, there are five Officers Without Portfolio who are also invaluable to the general campaigning work being done.