I’m a retired, 61 year old lone cyclist, originally from Leeds and now Hessle near the Humber Bridge, with touring bikes and Brompton. My background is Policy Development within Local Government, and 30 years serving voluntary sector committees, my interests have been mainly mental health, and social housing. I feel I have contributed to CTC strategy and its implementation whilst maintaining security of its resources and upholding its integrity.
I’m a Bikeability trainer. I think of CTC daily, chair its Way Forward Committee, sit on the Editorial Committee and am active as a volunteer at the York Cycle Show/Rally. I want to see a more diverse CTC in activities and membership. I think a new epoch of cycling is dawning it won’t be like the 1890s or 1920 and 50’s. I want to see CTC play a major role as a club and as a campaigning organisation.
I learnt to cycle on less congested streets in Leeds; I have my Cycling Proficiency, CTC membership followed. Today’s children don’t have that freedom. Parents think it responsible to instil fear of using the road, rather than encouraging cycle responsibility. We all see young people performing skilful tricks on cycles, there’s enthusiasm for “biking” but a lack of road skills and of knowing the freedom of real adventure. Too many people who might tour and cycle daily are lost as children or teens without ever knowing the full benefits and pleasures of the bicycle.