Si wrote:However, there is informnation requested that won't benefit the Cyclists' Touring Club - or I can't see how it would.
Or even 'information' if we are going to quibble about typos
I'd suggest one possible advantage to members:
Speaking as someone who sometimes buys advertising space in magazines, knowing various things about the readers is very important to me when deciding which magazine to buy space in. I want to know how much the readers have to spend, their interests, where they are based, etc etc because it all tells me whether or not they are the target market for my products. I expect the magazine to supply reliable information on this.
Thus, if Cycle can demonstrate to its potential advertisers that it does have the readership that will interest them, it will sell advertising space. If it sells more advertising space then less of my subs goes towards the magazine, and more towards campaigning and other member benefits.
I know that some are not happy with the amount of advertising in Cycle, but I believe that that is a different discussion.
OK Si - I note that, but surely it's taken for granted that CTC membership covers the whole spectrum of ages, income groups, cycling preferences etc.
However, I object to giving some of the information requested and I reserve my right not to give it.
As for advertising in "Cycle" - I don't object at all - regardless of commercial considerations - I find Cycle to be a pretty good directory of cycle goods and services, and a good source of contact information for companies selling those goods and providing those services. I'm happy with "Cycle" as it is.