Two dates for your diaries in April – our first regular meeting of the year which will be on Thursday 6th April (NB not the usual first Tuesday this month) at the Coach and Horses at 6pm as usual. For those of you not familiar with our ‘meetings’ this is as much a chat over a drink and crisps as anything formal, although we do also plan events and campaigns during the course of them! They normally last about an hour and anyone is welcome – you don’t have to be a member to attend.
Top of the agenda will be our first formal campaigning event of the year – the Council Candidates’ Cycle Ride, on Wednesday 26th April. We hold these informal bike-borne hustings events for every election – they’re a chance to let local politicians understand the issues troubling cyclists in the town first hand, with a led ride showcasing both the problem areas and the things that are working. It’s a political event with a difference – no speeches or grandstanding, just a chance for (we hope) a meeting of minds and some mutual understanding.
The route is yet to be decided, so if you have a really burning issue (that can be reached from Dock Park in less than 20 minutes by a group of not-necessarily-very-experienced cyclists) then please let us know. Otherwise, please do turn out if you can – we’ll meet at Dock Park at 4pm, for a photo opportunity, followed by a ride and discussion, with the whole thing done and dusted by 5:30pm, unless any of our candidates wish to repair to the pub afterwards.