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2018 Cycling Action Fund

2018 is going to be a huge year for cycling in Cambridge. The Chisholm Trail, Greenways, Cross-City Cycle routes, closure of Park St cycle park, City Deal projects and the increasing amount of development will demand a lot from our volunteer led organisation.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign)

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  • Need

    Need

    We need to ensure that the various infrastructure projects in Cambridge meet the standards required for safe and accessible cycling, thereby further increasing the number of people who can cycle. There is huge demand on our organisation to provide our expertise, to participate in consultations and to work with the community and developers to enable cycling projects to meet the standards now expected in Cambridge.

    Solution

    We also need funds to produce campaigning materials such as leaflets, brochures and policy papers to support our campaigning activities. We also want to provide more guidance and training to our volunteers so they can help with more of our activities. We need to keep investing in our employee and maintaining our space for volunteers to meet, discuss and work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the effectiveness of our volunteers and their enjoyment from volunteering with Camcycle.

    Activities

    » Write volunteering policies.
    » Create volunteer training materials including written, graphical and video resources.
    » Identify training needs and pay for courses where required.
    » Measure volunteer engagement and needs through surveys.

    We will have more volunteers and volunteers will be more effective, confident and find their involvement more enjoyable. Resources permitting, we will do a volunteer survey.


    Aim 2

    Produce and publish our policies documents to facilitate better campaigning

    Activities

    » Employee to coordinate the required volunteers and subject matter experts to get these policies written.
    » Professionally design and print these documents so they can be used with professional stakeholders.

    We will have policies in use for campaigning, published on the website and in printed form.


    Aim 3

    Increase the number of planning applications that we respond to.

    Activities

    » Run training sessions for volunteers to learn how to deal with planning applications.
    » Respond to consutlations about the merger of Cambridge City and South Cambs Council planning functions.
    » Create guidance for reponding to planning applications.
    » Improve methods of tracking and reporting on planning application responses.

    More planning applications will be improved to meet cycling policies.


    Aim 4

    Increase the number of events we attend and organise.

    Activities

    » Attend more events, including those that require payment for pitch fees.
    » Make our events more appealing to volunteers with a better set up and more materials to use.
    » Pay travel expenses of informative speakers that we invite.
    » Pay room hire for events that we host so that we can improve audio-visual equipment.

    We will be present at more events and report on this in our communications (print and digital).


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our long-term success will be demonstrated when we attend the opening of the Chisholm Trail and we cycle to our local villages on the Cambridge Greenways. When new developments in Cambridge have enough cycle parking and are connected to high-quality cycling networks and when we can cycle from all areas of the city on safe cycle routes. We will see more people cycling in the various travel surveys. We will have more members join our organisation and more volunteers enjoying their work with us.

    Risk

    Risk - Our existing channels for employee funding may not be sufficient for all of 2018.

    Action – We have a diversified fundraising strategy that we are implementing and we are on target for meeting all our employee expenses. This fundraising campaign is an important element in that strategy.

    Reporting

    Donors will be added to our weekly updates to keep informed of our activities. They will also be sent our bimonthly newsletter and can attend our monthly meetings. As part of our annual report we will produce an in-depth report about this project which will report on our activities and progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Employee and volunteer space c The work will be facilitated and managed by our officer and take place in our campaign office.
      £1,000 Materials an incidentals Design, printing, room hire and other materials and costs required for the project.
  • Background

    Location

    Cambridge is the Cycling Capital of the UK where more than 30% of people cycle to work every day. Cambridge is also experiencing significant growth. Our volunteers are kept busier than ever trying to keep up with the cycling advocacy work required for the increasing amounts of major transportation infrastructure projects, large residential developments, large commercial, academic and research developments, smaller infill developments and local highways improvements.

    Beneficiaries

    Cambridge residents who cycle at least once a month (50%) and those who may start to cycle, because of better conditions for cycling.

    Those who do not cycle, from reduction in congestion, improvements to air quality and health of local community.

    Employers, from more productive employees.
    Volunteers, more support and resources will result in more enjoyment and value from volunteering.

    Council and developers, will get better inputs from us leading to better designs and infrastructure.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Camcycle represents over 1,200 individuals through our paid memberships. We are the only cycling charity focused solely on the Cambridge (and beyond) region and we are well known and respected for our knowledge and expertise on cycling and transport issues. We have been advocating and advising for more than 20 years, and we have access to wide variety of skills, experience and contacts built up over that time.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Roxanne De Beaux (Cycling Campaign Officer)

    Roxanne is responsible for facilitating the activities of our volunteers and will manage this project.

    Robin Heydon (Chair)

    Robin will provide overall leadership for the project and ensure activities are on track to achieve project aims.

    Hester Wells (Vice-Chair/Secretary)

    Hester will provide overall leadership for the project and ensure activities are on track to achieve project aims.