AGM 2016 report

Our annual conference started with a look at the state of play for the charity right now and where we intend to go in the next year.

Finances – Ashok Sinha, our CEO, laid out the rather grim circumstances charities are currently operating in. In LCC’s case, our expenditure currently is higher than income. This has led to some hard cuts. Ashok then laid out the solutions we’re working on – the membership relaunch, investment in major donor and partnership package and new angles for cycling projects including e-bikes.

The last year – Ashok Sinha took us through the last 12 months, with Boris departing (so long and thanks for all the Cycle Superhighways), our Sign For Cycling campaign successfully bringing on board our new Mayor – who has agreed to triple mileage of protected space on Cycle Superhighways, finish the Better Junctions programme, fund a mini-Holland scheme in every borough and work on Direct Vision lorries – which he’s already taken action on. Ashok finished by explaining the deal with the LTDA taxi organisation, and telling campaigners to hold taxi drivers to account over Tavistock Place – if they say they want cycle tracks, it’s time for them to start supporting them!

Membership relaunch – Rob Eves, our Marketing Manager, talked through the exciting relaunch of our membership packages including exclusive discounts, how to guides, skills sessions and more, by showing the new branding. He unveiled a new “supporter” package for just £3 monthly, and laid out changes to our annual full membership – now £49, £25 concessions, £75 family, plus discussed plans for our London Cyclist magazine to go digital and to cater for monthly payment option for member fees, as well as annual.

Val Shawcross – the Deputy Mayor for Transport under new Mayor Sadiq Khan, Val Shawcross, then spoke to the assembled campaigners.  As well as emphasising how important cycling is to her, the Mayor and TfL, she dropped a few serious announcements – CS4 and CS9 consultations coming 2017. More detail here.

Campaigner Awards – gongs went to local campaigners to recognise their amazing work and achievements across the year honouring the tireless work of our groups in Hounslow, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Enfield and beyond. Read more here.

Trustees – congratulations to trustees new and returning: Rachel Aldred, Mustafa Arif, Dan Barnes, Lucy Carter, Amy Foster, Tom Harrison, Ann Kenrick, Tony Levene, Terry Patterson and Christian Wolmar. And profound thanks to departing trustees for their two years of service: George Coulouris, Alex Dillistone, Gareth Redmond-King and Hannah Roberts.

Motions – motions were passed to call on the Mayor to push forward on walking and cycling to tackle air pollution; to increase participation of women in the London Cycling Campaign; and to directly tackle Westminster Council’s attitude towards cycling, specifically referencing the “Baker Street Two-Way” proposals.

Workshops –the afternoon rounded off with campaigners choosing from three workshops tackling issues at the cutting-edge of cycle campaigning, aimed at giving them the tools needed to work more effectively and face the future. Two workshops tackled the media – with one prepping attendees in how to talk positively and constructively to journalists; simultaneously a panel debate on “bikelash” from media, communities and vested interests opposed to cycling schemes suggested pointing out the benefits of schemes beyond cycling and creating coalitions with other groups to match; being clear about the benefits of schemes for families, children and public health; and to not get bogged down with those against too much – sometimes you just need to keep doing what you do, rather than spend too much time countering views against. Meanwhile, the “Cyclised City” workshop brought participants into the start of a conversation about designing our future city – where it’s cars that are restricted as to where they can go, not bicycles – with new tools and techniques discussed as to how to map and plan such ideas.