AGM – Mayer Hillman to speak

This article was published in 2009, in Newsletter 86.

This year’s AGM will be on Tuesday 3rd November 2009, 7.30 pm for 8 pm (ending by 10 pm), at the Friends’ Meeting House on Jesus Lane. All are very welcome.

The evening will begin with a talk by a guest speaker, followed by an opportunity for questions.

Formal AGM business

The business of the AGM will then follow, including elections to the Committee.

Any motions for the AGM must reach the Co-ordinator via our usual contact details by Tuesday 20th October 2009. We will write to all members to give more information on the AGM shortly after.

Minutes of the last AGM will be sent round our members’ e-mail list a week in advance (or you can request a postal copy from us).

We hope to give an update on our Charitable Status application.


The AGM is the time at which a new Committee is elected. The Committee represents the ‘front line’ of the Campaign. Its members assist with consultation responses, attend meetings, and administer aspects of the Campaign, all depending on their time available, on your behalf.

It is an excellent opportunity to become more involved in the Campaign, promote cycling, learn about local government, and thus, we hope, make a real difference to cycling in Cambridge.

As usual, all the Committee posts, as listed below, are up for election – please consider standing!

The posts are:

  • Co-ordinator
  • Liaison Officer
  • Membership Secretary
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Treasurer
  • Events Officer
  • Recruitment Officer
  • Press Officer

And, last but not least, there are up to seven Officers Without Portfolio who are also invaluable to the general campaigning work being done.

You can find out more about the roles of the Committee members at

Three additional Charity Officer positions may need to be elected, which would be the formal Chair, Treasurer and Secretary of the charity, if the Campaign has charitable status by the time of the AGM. More details will be given when we write to members in October.

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Mayer Hillman: a special speaker at our AGM

Cambridge Cycling Campaign is delighted to announce a very special guest for our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday November 3rd, 7.30 for 8.00 at our usual venue, the Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane.

Mayer Hillman, now Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Policy Studies Institute, has accepted our invitation to speak. Hillman is well known as someone who makes his audience think. For many decades he has, at least as far as I’m concerned, been ahead of the game.

‘I can promise attendees a challenge to the conventional view even among cyclists of the direction that policy on cycling needs to take’ – Mayer Hillman

He has highlighted the imperative of incorporating environmental considerations into public policy and was promoting the positive health benefits of cycling as long ago as the 1970s, which is when I first came across his work. He has published papers on the ‘helmet debate’, walking as a mode of transport, carbon reduction and dozens of other subjects as well as numerous books.

Along with others, he questions the need to travel, and was probably one of the first proponents of carbon rationing. Please make a special effort to attend our AGM, making a note in your diary now, and ensure that you don’t miss this excellent, controversial speaker.

You can find out more about Mayer Hillman, his influence on public policy, his impressive record of research, and publications from his website:

Jim Chisholm