gaz wrote:I just thought I'd revisit this thread and review the numbers two years on (same source).
112 Cycling UK Member Groups. I've still no way to measure numbers of Informal Member Groups within that figure.
1006 Cycling UK Affiliated Groups. Inlcudes campaign groups who may/may not organise led rides.
It is clear where the growth is.
That’s interesting stuff gaz, MGs down from 115 to 112, not quite the exodus some predicted. The informal/formal distinction is more an administrative thing than something practical. The restructuring of DAs was before this period but would of skewed the figures, mine used to be three formal groups and is now one formal and two informal. It's a lot less admin, with one committee and accounts rather than three, but otherwise no one would know the difference.
It'd be interesting to know a breakdown of affiliated clubs and to have an idea why they're joining. I'm sure in a lot of cases it'll be for the insurance and so their members can get the affiliated membership, whatever the reason I see it as a good thing.
If someone was starting from scratch it’s hard to see why they’d choose the MG route, though there is more support for groups from National Office than in there has been for some time, just look at how much better they're promoted on the new website. I don’t know how much of that is also available to affiliates.