Cycling Embassy of Great Britain AGM

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Our AGM this year is going online! We'll be holding Virtual Safaris, looking at the new pop-up cycling infrastructure across the UK

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Our AGM this year is, of necessity, going to be radically different.

Rather than our usual face-to-face meetings and Infrastructure Safaris in one city, we are going online, with Virtual Infrastructure Safaris, taking a look at the new pop-up cycling infrastructure that is appearing in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The plan is for you to submit short, up to 5-6 minute videos of new schemes near where you live, keeping unnecessary travel and potential social contact a minimum. These videos can be uploaded to YouTube, or shared on Twitter, using the hashtag #VirtualSafari.

The schemes can be either pop-up cycle lanes, or newly-created low traffic neighbourhoods.There's an example below, of Park Lane in London.

The commentary can be spontaneous, while you are filming, or you can add it later - whatever works best for you.

As none of us are going to be free to travel around the UK for the foreseeable future, we hope this is going to be an enjoyable and informative way for us to experience what is happening elsewhere - the good, the bad and even the indifferent. We’ll be creating an online map showing the locations of all the interventions.

The event will take place on the evening of Friday 31st July, with potential spillover into the weekend if there is a willingness to do so. Given potential ‘Zoom fatigue’ by the end of July, we plan to keep it light and social, looking at features around the country that most of us are unlikely to see in person. We want to make positive, but critical, analysis of what is going on, so that schemes can be improved, and other areas can potentially benefit from adopting similar measures.

There's not a lot on the ground now, but with pretty tight deadlines for implementing schemes, the next few weeks should see a huge amount of exciting new cycling infrastructure (undoubtedly of variable quality) suddenly appearing. If you would like to join us, book a ticket, and we will email you the login details for the Zoom event.

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