Small Grant Scheme of up-to £500 Launched

The Highland Cycle Campaign is launching a small grant scheme ,of up-to £500.

Applications are welcome from anyone in Highland region who wants to meet the campaigning aims of the HCC.

What are the Campaign aims?

“The Highland Cycle Campaign wants to see a thriving and sustainable region of healthy, happy people where everyone feels able to enjoy the benefits of cycling and make the journeys they choose to by bike.   We will campaign in the Highlands for cycling infrastructure that is safe, inclusive, connected and pleasant”

What can the Money be used for?

The money can be used for a wide variety of things, from better bike signage to making a film, from work on cycle paths, to a road speed survey. We’ve deliberately kept the criteria open to support fellow cycle campaigners in what they want to achieve; we will consider anything that makes Highland cycling safer, more inclusive, better connected and more pleasant.

Who can apply?

Anyone in the Highlands, all we ask is that you are a member, or associate member, of the Highland Cycle Campaign (Join Here).

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Convenors Report to 2024 AGM

from John Davidson

(PDF of Convenors Report 2024)

Thanks to all of our dedicated committee and our members for all they’ve done to help people get around safely and actively this year. Our committee is small and pushed for time, so any help that members can provide is much appreciated.

I hope you’ll agree we’ve improved our communication over this year, with regular newsletters now going out to all members and linking back to the HCC website where appropriate. We are also using these to target particular consultation dates to encourage as many people to feed back into the system and speak up for cycling and active travel.

A number of us gave interim feedback on the 20mph limits project, and there will be further official consultation on this later in the year at the end of the trial period. It will be important for our voices to be heard when that time comes as many of us would like to see those limits extended rather than curtailed.

The Riverside Way – the first genuine segregated cycle route in Inverness – appears to be progressing well (although the last update meeting they held was rearranged and clashed with our committee meeting). That will be open later in the summer or early autumn.

The row over changes to Academy Street continues. While not a cycling scheme per say, it’s important to put people and place at heart of the city and it will benefit us as cyclists by reducing traffic and improving the environment in this part of the city centre, which is one of the most polluted streets in Scotland.

We’ve also been developing our own grant-funding project which groups will be able to apply for. This will help spread our focus away from Inverness and to those advocating for better cycling provision elsewhere in the Highlands.

Finally, I’d like to put on record my intention to step down from the convener’s role following the AGM. I’ve held the position for five or six years(?) now, but feel I do not have the time to do the role justice. I will continue to be a member of HCC and would be happy to help out with smaller tasks on the committee, as appropriate.

Thanks once again to the rest of the committee for all their hard work.

Join the HCC team!

Our AGM is were we select our committee for the year ahead – the more people involved the greater our impact! Here’s some of the roles we need to fill

Constitutionally Required Positions

Convenor:  Chair meetings of the HCC and co-ordinate the work of the organisation.  Act as the figurehead of the HCC. 

Secretary: To arrange the HCC AGM in compliance with the constitution. To ensure minutes are produced and circulated from the AGM and other meetings. To act as vice-convener. 

Treasurer:  Oversee the finances of HCC including fundraising, payment of invoices, grant applications and ensuring the annual accounts are completed in a timely manner and signed off by an external auditor. 

Other Positions

Membership:  To oversee administration of the HCC membership data, including ensuring personal data is secure and stored in compliance with regulations.  To grow the membership of the HCC. 

Website & Social Media:  To administer and update the HCC website. To administer the HCC social media channels. To edit a HCC newsletter.  

Publicity: Dealing with requests from the media and issuing press releases. 

Ordinary Member: Will normally be part of one of the HCC Campaign Teams.   Our current campaign groups are:

  • Safer Cycling | 20mph streets
  • Connected Cycling | connecting communities and connecting with public transport
  • Inclusive Cycling | removing barriers to cycling
  • Pleasant Cycling | Playstreets

Ordinary Members may be sought to ensure all geographical regions of Highland are represented or increase our diversity.  

The committee is able to co-opt other positions as needed during the year.  

Campaign Goals Updated

On Thursday the 28th September members met to consider our campaign goals, and what the Highland Cycle Campaign should campaign on going forward.

The following text was agreed: 

The Highland Cycle Campaign wants to see a thriving and sustainable region of healthy, happy people where everyone feels able to enjoy the benefits of cycling and make the journeys they choose to by bike.   We will campaign in the Highlands for cycling infrastructure that is safe, inclusive, connected and pleasant. 

We then discussed what campaigns we could initially run to meet each of the 4 goals.  

SafeInclusiveConnectedPleasant
-20mph in built up areas
-Vulnerable road user training for THC drivers
-Removing Barriers on Cycle routes-Linked with Public Transport
-Cycle ways that Connectcommunities
-Playstreets in the Highlands
Possible future campaigns
-Better Signage

Campaigns will be reviewed at the AGM.

Get Involved

If you’d like to be involved in any of these campaigns get in touch.