neilob wrote:... what I think of as traditional memebrship. These are the people that are regular CTC cyclists, that turn up for Sunday runs, that attend rallies, that take a touring holiday, that ride bikes on the road, that (mostly) ride drop bar, 531, British-made machines, that attach Carradice saddlebags, that commute when they can, that just love being on bike because it's a way of life....
I fit a reasonable amount of this model, and I'm happy with the CTC as it is. I think we have to face the fact that organised group riding is relatively a minority interest among cyclists (i.e. anyone who owns a bike and rides it more than once in a blue moon).
I not uncommonly see groups of friends out on MTBs and I am pretty sure that they are just friends out for a ride, off-road or on. Don't see much chance of such people joining a club, national or local. Many, many more use bikes for utility purposes, and probably wouldn't join a club for riding either (maybe for advice, insurance or campaigning).
So we could have a very
small CTC open only to those who fully fit neilob's model (I fail on one or two points, so not me), and with no real voice to do anything. Or we can have one that aims to provide group riding to those who want it (and don't ride with a local club), touring advice and routes to those who need that, and campaigning and training promotion to others.
And of course, as members, we can always get involved and ensure that our interests are considered.