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AGM: The Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG) doubles in size to nearly 1000 members

The Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG) doubles in size to nearly 1000 members & grows committee to 10 after a hectic year of new initiatives

At the Annual General Meeting Wednesday 21st May 2014 GUERNSEY YACHT CLUB



Over the last year GBG has grown to 988 members after a sustained focus on a number of cycling events and cycling advocacy growing from strength to strength, despite the sad death of founding Chairman Francis Paul. GBG have managed this rapid growth by embracing facebook, twitter and developing their website (gbg.org.gg) to help pull together the Guernsey cycling community.


New additions to the committee have also helped GBG deliver more for cyclists. Sam Field as marketing and communications officer has helped inform the public during the Transport Strategy debate as well as keeping members up to date on the events schedule. Alex Margeson has taken twitter from 0 to over 100 followers in a matter of months. Sam Rouxel and Dan Thwaite who also joined the committee last year have brought a wealth of cycling experience, event know-how and positivity to the team. This year at the AGM the committee was joined by Richard Lord who’s work with Sustainable Guernsey is well known.


Over the last 12 months GBG has put extra energy into doing new events and improving old ones:

o The 2014 GBG Healthspan Nightride grew to nearly 400 riders, raised £9,000 for charity and was a great evening enjoyed by all. It’s happening again this year and we want to make it bigger, better and more family friendly.

o Our new Bike Jumbles at Sausmarez Manor have also been popular allowing members and non-members to meet up, chat swap, sell and buy bike bits. It also allows people to get into cycling cheaply. We’ve done 3 now and have raised about over £180 for the Eleanor Foundation. More are planned, the next one probably in September.

o Our Summer Evening Rides have gone from strength to strength with the innovation of starting and finishing at the pub. The new more social able format has brought in younger participants. This year’s rides continue the format, starting next Tuesday. The last one of the summer will be a special ride: a bicycle treasure hunt

o Our combined Quiz night with the Guernsey Velo Club was a great success raising over 300 for each club and providing a fun and social night for cyclists and non-cyclists. Another is planned for the autumn.

o We are planning with the cycle shops an Electric Bike Demo Session in June to allow people to experience the amazingness of electric bikes for themselves. Watch this space.

o We are supporting and helping to promote Mark Smith/GVC’s Night Time 90 charity ride for Nepal that takes place this Friday evening.


GBG has also continued in its usual remit of cycling advocacy (getting bums on bike seats!)

Getting kids cycling: We’ve worked with St Martin’s Primary school parents, Adventure Cycles and the new Active Travel department to set up a Cycle Train on Friday’s. The kids love it and it’s saved hundreds of car journeys already as well as showing parents and drivers that cycling to school is doable. We hope to help roll this out further to more days in St.Martin’s and to other schools- it just needs lots of parental volunteers

Cycle safety: We have regularly been consulted by the Environment Department on the changes to the Salerie Corner slipway entrance and car park entrance to make it as good and safe as it can be. We have driven agreement of the need to update the legislation of lorry mirrors in Guernsey (though it will take some time to change). We are involved in liaising with government on other cycling related issues such as “cycle contra-flows on one ways”, “default cycle access to Closed Roads”, “who has right of way where cycle path and roads cross” etc. We will continue to lobby, campaign and educate on these and other issues.

Bike workshops: We have had another popular bike workshop at Specsavers where we repaired or serviced 30 bikes. We will be doing the same at the Rock to Rocque on Sunday and at Northern Trust later in the month. Working bikes = more cycling!

Transport Strategy Saga: We spent much effort trying to drive engagement and understating in the transport strategy debate over the last 2 years. It’s so important that Guernsey gets this right as it will affect a generation.


We've created a new logo and got some stickers printed.


GBG would like to thank all it’s Volunteers: We all do this in our spare time, and we’re very lucky to have a very active and committed committee and other members making all these things happen. A big thank you to all of them. Anyone who wants to get involved, even on a very small scale, please get in touch as the more we do, the more people cycle and the better Guernsey gets for everyone. As a committee we meet approx. every 6-8 weeks .Thanks also to the Secretary Ian Brown, who keeps us organised and the minutes recorded, tirelessly.