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The charity: what next?
CTC is to become a unified membership charity, following the vote at the
AGM this May. CTC Councillor Barry Flood outlines how and why


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          At the AGM in May, CTC members                                                   • Time permitting, start our next financial
          voted through changes to the                                                     year on the new ‘merged charity’ basis.
          organisation’s constitutional                                                    We are acquiring enhanced accounting
documents that enable us to apply for                                                      software, which together with the
charity registration. A bit of history will                                                simplifications brought by a merged
help explain why it took so long – and four                                                operation will enable more accessible and
separate votes.                                                                            accountable financial reporting.
   Much of CTC’s activity was clearly                                                      • Arrange Gift Aid. Once we have
charitable in 2005 when the CTC                                                            charitable status, we shall seek the Inland
Charitable Trust was created. Changes to                                                   Revenue’s approval and shortly after that
charity law in 2006 meant that all of CTC’s                                                shall contact members about individual
work, including the Club’s membership                                                      Gift Aid mandates in favour of the Club.
services, also became charitable.                                                              Finally, a thank you on behalf of
   Council, after several years of work,                                                   Council to all those who voted… both for
brought two charity proposals to the May                                                   and against! A minority voted ‘no’ from
2010 AGM. Motion 8, on the principle of                                                    a concern that the Club was somehow to
the move to a unified charity, was passed     Articles back to the 2011 AGM, where they    be fundamentally changed, and that we
by a small majority. Motion 10, containing    passed with 88% of the 12,000 votes cast.    were drifting away from our core purpose.
the necessary changes to our Articles,           The end of the road? Not quite yet.       I said in my last article that Council has
failed to get the necessary 75% majority,     Changes like this do not come easily. Your   clearly heard their voice, and we are
so the whole process stalled. Around 4,000    Council has had to ensure that none of       already putting into place new ‘customer
members voted.                                the changes will disadvantage members.       service’ initiatives focused firmly towards
   After the AGM, a small group of            There is probably another six months of      the legitimate concerns of this group of
members disagreed with the positive           talking to legal and financial advisers to   our members. I hope that by the end of
AGM vote on Motion 8 and used powers          steer the project through to a successful    the year they will see tangible results from
within our Articles to compel Council         conclusion, and for the benefits to reach    these efforts.
to conduct a ‘Poll of the Whole Club’ last    members.                                         The votes and the debates have been
December and January. This time, some            So what’s next? A lot of hard, detailed   heartening evidence of the involvement,
16,000 members voted and by a majority        but, I hope, routine work by staff and       care, and sense of belonging to the Club
of 75.4% backed the terms of Motion 8.        Council to:                                  and its aims by you, the members. These
With the will of the club now put beyond      • Attain charitable status for the Club.     changes will alter none of that. Long may
doubt, Council brought the changes to the     • Merge the Club and the Trust.              it remain so.




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                                    Longer lorries alert                                                                                            news
                                                                                                                                                    in brief
FROM THE CHAIR
OF CTC DAVID COX
                   These days
                                    b      CTC has joined a coalition
                                           of environmental and
                                    safety organisations resisting a
                                                                                                                                                    BUILDING CYCLING
                                                                                                                                                    CULTURES




                                                                                                                           Photo: iStockphoto.com
                                                                                                                                                    Cycle campaigners and
                   I seem to        government proposal to increase                                                                                 local government staff
                   spend my         the maximum length of lorries by                                                                                were among the audience
                   life either in   over two metres. longer vehicles                                                                                at CTC’s Building Cycling
                   meetings or      will mean bigger blind spots and                                                                                Cultures conference in
                   cycling. In      more tail swing, which is likely to                                                                             Leicester on 4-5 June to
                                    result in more cyclist deaths in                                                                                hear about two pieces of
                   my NHS job,                                            present a serious risk to cyclists
                                    lorry turning movements.                                                                                        research on the sociology
                   cycling gets                                           – one in five of the deaths of                                            of cycling, one from Dave
                                       left-turning lorries already
                   me to local      present a disproportionate threat     cyclists involve lorries. allowing                                        Horton, whose feature was
meetings and absorbs the            to cyclists. CTC’s analysis of        even longer lorries onto our roads                                        carried in the last edition
stresses afterwards. For CTC, it    police records has found that,        will mean larger blind spots, more                                        of Cycle. Delegates also
is usually train and Brompton.      while left turns accounted for        tail swing and a greater risk of                                          heard about progress in
I’ve not yet equalled Kevin                                               hitting other road users. instead                                         New York, where there
                                    just 3% of overall road fatalities
                                                                          of increasing the danger from                                             has been a resurgence in
Mayne’s example of cycling          involving a lorry, the figure for
                                                                          lorries, the government should be                                         day-to-day cycling and a
40 miles into London for a          cyclists’ deaths was over 30%.                                                                                  drop in accidents following
meeting, nor that of Councillor        freight on rail and the            working to reduce the threat that
                                                                                                                                                    a system of road space
Kevan Shuttleworth, who             Campaign for Better Transport         already exists.’
                                                                                                                                                    reallocation. Car lanes
sometimes turns up with a           have commissioned research               Campaigners are also                                                   have been converted to
                                    which further suggests that safety    concerned that the increase in                                            segregated bike lanes,
compass round his neck after
                                    would deteriorate with longer         lorry length will artificially sustain                                    with the implementation
two days riding from Yorkshire.
                                    lorry trailers.                       the market for road haulage and                                           schedule integrated with
   This year’s AGM in                                                     thereby delay any shift to the
                                       CTC Campaigns director                                                                                       other road works.
Weymouth was a great                                                      greener option of rail freight.
                                    roger geffen said: ‘lorries
affirmation of the Club’s                                                                                                                           PaRLIamENTaRY RIDE
vibrancy – around 12,000                                                                                                                            MPs and other participants
members were involved in                                                                                                                            rode cargo bikes and then
voting on the resolutions. It
was good to see our younger
                                      Rail awards on track                                                                                          took part in a fastest tyre
                                                                                                                                                    change challenge during

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members and volunteers                      Nominations are now sought for the 2011 Association                                                     Bike Week, on the day of
                                                                                                                                                    the Parliamentary Bike
amongst the many featured at                of Train Operating Companies’ (ATOC) National Cycle
                                                                                                                                                    Ride. The ride included
the annual Awards Ceremony.           Rail Awards, which will be presented in November.                                                             the infamous Blackfriars
On the Sunday, meetings over,            ‘ATOC has a clear aim to encourage the greater use                                                         Bridge, which has recently
Wessex members led us on              of cycles to access the railway,’ said ATOC’s Integrated                                                      seen alterations to
three rides along the coast.          Transport Manager Conrad Haigh, ‘and the Awards – by                                                          some problematic cycle
The following weekend at                                                                                                                            infrastructure, prompting
                                      improving communication and the spread of best practice                                                       tough questions for cycling
Meriden, I enjoyed the 160km
                                      across the industry – enable ATOC and its partners to move                                                    minister Norman Baker.
audax followed by the 90th
Anniversary Cyclists’ Memorial        closer towards fulfilling that aim.’
                                         There are eight categories for the awards: best                                                            NEvILLE ChaNIN – a
Service on the green.                                                                                                                               LIfE oN Two whEELS
   Chairing National Council,          customer service; best local government scheme;
                                                                                                                                                    The Museum in the
I appreciate the hard work            innovation; cycling champion; station of the year; operator                                                   Park in Stroud has an
and wisdom of our regional            of the year; best station travel plan measure for cycling; and                                                exhibition of the cycling
councillors and staff. There          partnership working.                                                                                          memorabilia of CTC cycling
is a reform agenda around                The closing date is 30 September. For details of previous                                                  legend Neville Chanin,
                                                                                                                                                    who died in April this
improving governance                  winners and on making nominations, visit www.cyclerail.com                                                    year. The display – which
through the charity unification,                                                                                                                    includes one of Neville’s
responding to the views and                                                                                                                         Allin bikes – shows a
concerns of local volunteers                                                                                                                        selection of the documents,
and, most importantly,                                                                                                                              photographs, trophies and
upgrading the accounting                                                                                                                            other objects donated to
and reporting systems                                                                                                                               the museum following his
that are needed to run a                                                                                                                            death. The exhibition ends
                                                                                                                                                    on 4 September. See www.
67,000-member organisation
                                                                                                                                                    museuminthepark.org.uk.
with a national profile and £6                                                                                                                      On the subject of
million budget.                                                                                                                                     museums, don’t forget that
   There are opportunities to                                                                                                                       card-carrying CTC members
stand for National Council                                                                                                                          get free entry to the
                                                                                                             Photo: ATOC




this summer, so get in touch                                                                                                                        National Cycle Collection
if you think that you could                                                                                                                         in Llandrindod Wells. See
                                                                                                                                                    www.cyclemuseum.org.uk
contribute.
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Curbing careless driving                                                                                                            BIKE CLUB
                                                                                                                                    OFFICER
                                                                                                                                    DAmIAn BOnsAll
b      CTC has welcomed the Government’s
       proposals for fixed penalty notices
for careless driving, published in the new
                                                                                                                                                         Earlier this
                                                                                                                                                         year I was
Strategic Framework for Road Safety. The                                                                                                                 involved in
document also promises increased fines                                                                                                                   the best Bike




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and new criteria for road safety. However,                                                                                                               Club activity
with police forces facing huge cuts, the new                                                                                                             I have seen
policies are unlikely to have a substantial                                                                                                              to date: a
impact on driver behaviour unless more                                                                                                                   cycling trip
traffic police appear on the roads.                                                                                                                      to Waddecar
   CTC Campaigns Director Roger Geffen                                                                                                                   Scout Camp,
said: ‘A careless driving fixed penalty notice                                                                                      about 25 miles from Blackpool.
is welcome, but should only be used where          draft road safety strategy, made the case for                                    What was special was that it
                                                                                                                                    was planned, executed and
no injury has occurred and the driving             targets for road safety to be based on the
                                                                                                                                    reviewed by the young people
is demonstrably careless, not dangerous.           rate per mile travelled, not just on numbers
                                                                                                                                    themselves.
Driving that is objectively dangerous is too       of injuries. We’re pleased to see that the                                          They bought their own food
often treated by police and prosecutors as         Strategic Framework for Road Safety has                                          for the trip. They then gathered
merely careless.                                   adopted this position.                                                           all the relevant camping kit
   ‘The Government needs to make a full               However, the Framework is lukewarm on                                         together and loaded everything
assessment of how the system of road traffic       lower speed limits. New guidance on 20mph                                        into panniers and packed them
law is operating. Too often bad driving            limits is promised and CTC’s campaigners                                         onto bikes ready for the off.
– even where a death occurs – is going             will seek to ensure that this guidance                                           They had previously planned
unpunished.’                                       strengthens local authorities’ ability to make                                   the route to the campsite and a
   CTC’s Safety in Numbers campaign, in            20mph limits the standard in urban and                                           strategy for keeping everyone
the run-up to the previous Government’s            residential areas.                                                               together on the roads. They
                                                                                                                                    also carried out a full check on
                                                                                                                                    the roadworthiness of the bikes.
                                                                                                                                       We set off from Blackpool,

    Counting cycling casualties                                                                                                     trying out the skills learned on
                                                                                                                                    last year’s Bikeability course
                                                                                                                                    (delivered by Cycle Blackpool)

    b      CTC is concerned that cyclist casualties do
           not appear to be dropping, even though the
    number of cycling trips remains similar to that seen
                                                                                                                                    to negotiate the traffic. We were
                                                                                                                                    soon on quieter roads when
                                                                                                                                    navigation skills were fully
    in 2009. The severe winter months of January,                                                                                   tested. Arriving at Waddecar,
    February, November and December may have limited                                                                                the Bike Club members set up
                                                                                                                                    their tents and cooked their
    the increase in cycling overall, while causing a
                                                                                                                                    evening meal.
    substantial reduction in motor traffic.
                                                                                                                                       Next morning, in heavy rain,
       CTC Campaigns Director Roger Geffen said:
                                                                                                                                    they cooked breakfast and then
    ‘Despite months of ice and snow in 2010, cycling is                                                                             dismantled their camp ready
    still growing. However, casualties remain high, and                                                                             for the trip back. We were back
    there are many areas where Britain is falling farther                                                                           in Blackpool by 2pm. Their gear
    behind our European counterparts in providing                                                                                   was wet but their spirits were
    for cycling. We still have only a tiny fraction of our                                                                          not at all dampened. Everyone
    residential streets covered by 20mph zones, while                                                                               agreed it had been a fantastic
    hostile roads, bad driving, and weak law                                                                                        expedition and they are
    enforcement remain serious barriers to getting more                                                                             really looking forward to doing
    people cycling.’                                                                                                                it again.
       Cycle use in 2010 was 5 billion kilometres, a little                                                                            For me, it was wonderful to
                                                                                                                                    see the sustainability that has
    higher than 2009, taking it to its highest level for 20
                                                                                                                                    been achieved by this group –
    years. The likelihood of being killed while cycling is 54%
                                                                                                                                    Boathouse Youth – over the last
    lower than it was in 1990.                                                                                                      year. With trips like this, it is not
       Similar figures have also been published for the                                                                             difficult to see why Boathouse
    capital, where in 2010 cycling increased by 15%. Injuries                                                                       Youth recently picked up the
    in London rose by 9% but remain 18% lower than in the                                                                           award for CTC Young People’s
    mid-1990s.                                                                                                                      Group of the Year.


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