Philip Benstead wrote:Please explain why
I drifted out of Club riding when Mini-Me came along, as I said upthread we did join in some family rides for a few years but Mini-Me hasn't taken to cycling. Perhaps when he is older we'll drift back in.
My recollections of dropping out of CRN are somewhat fuzzy, it's about 20 years ago. My own experience of campaigning as a CRN member through a local cycling forum was that it achieved extremely little. The council had recently taken out corporate membership of CTC, seemingly to tick a box on the local government flowchart, as they now had direct access to CTC's design recommendations and still chose to ignore them. Most of what the cycling forum did achieve had been brought to the table by the council's officers rather than the cyclists and in today's parlence its legacy would be categorised as "farcilities".
CRN membership amounted to having a series of CTC factsheets and a copy of LTN 1/89. As I recall things my perception at the time was that CTC wanted to reduce the numbers with one RtR rep covering a single geographic area. The RtR reps were to be "trained" to do things "the CTC way".
So having banged by head against the local authority brick wall for some years I decided it was time to stop, someone keener than me carried on as the local RtR rep. I have not dropped the campaigning baton completely but most of my actions since then have been re-active and equally ineffectual.
There'll be tarmac over, the white cliffs of Dover ...