At our AGM in September we invited Hannah Taylor from the Bristol Cycle Festival to give us an early debrief on this year’s events.

But first we needed to get to the statutory business, as directed by our constitution. Our annual accounts were presented by Treasurer, Benn Woodward followed by a swift block election of our committee.

The new committee is now: Eric Booth, Mark Brough, Ruth Crumey, Nick Davies, Andrew Gough, Terry Miller, Penny Partridge, Martin Tweddell, Chris Whitlock and Benn Woodward. By the way, anyone is welcome to join our committee at any time – just come along to a monthly meetup and ask.

The last year has been a productive one for Bristol Cycling as we set out in our Bristol Cycling 2017 Summary Report. A printed copy has been sent to our paid-up members and we are about to send copies to local movers and shakers.

This year’s Bristol Cycle Festival has been the busiest yet. Hannah Taylor described how they were overwhelmed with volunteers eager to organise events. And like all good festivals, there was more to do than any one person could manage.

The diversity of events was very wide, from our Discover Bristol evening rides to bicycle speed dating, child-friendly rides, art exhibitions, talks and quizzes, ending up with the Carnivelo finale along the Peaceful Portway. The age diversity of participants, however was not as wide as hoped with the 16-24 year-olds and the over 45s being less represented, though the gender balance was very healthy with women forming the majority of event organisers. All other metrics will be assessed in detail as Hannah ploughs through a pile of feedback forms.

What is really interesting for us, as a cycling advocacy group, is how the festival manages to take people one or two steps through a ‘hierarchy of commitment’ from the uninterested, to those giving cycling a thought, those making preparations to cycle, through to being an irregular cyclist, a regular cyclist and finally to becoming a champion of cycling. What is also inspiring is how effective the Cycle Festival team have been with their publicity, with articles appearing in Bristol 24/7.

If you took part in a Cycle Festival event this year and didn’t get chance to fill out a feedback form, please do as this helps get funding for next year. Just complete a quick survey.