GoBike campaign for better infrastructure, policy, and political support for cycling to be a safe, efficient, clean and healthy mode of active travel for everyone. For cycling to be a natural way to get around for all ages and abilities.
We are a social movement and we focus largely on campaigning and consultations. If you are a member who would like to get more involved in either of these please drop us an email and we will add you to our Slack group.
We are run by a committee of twelve, led by two co-convenors, with a treasurer, a secretary, a consultations lead, and fluctuating campaign roles. We hold committee meetings every two months and annual AGMs.
Our Constitution was last updated and approved by members at the 2017 AGM. It gives a formal outline of what we are and what we do:
- We will campaign for a cycling network designed and constructed to current best practices.
- We will work with partners at a pan-Scotland level for improved cycling design standards.
- We will engage with decision makers to prioritise investment to create an environment conducive to active travel.
- We will promote evidence-based decision making in support of active travel.
- We will be a trusted, credible organisation, growing our membership and encourage members to be engaged in our campaigns.
- We will promote a positive image of cycling and actively counter negative perceptions.
- We will work with other groups with aligned objectives.
GoBike Infrastructure Strategy
Our strategic position will be reactive according to the details of the designs we are provided with, but will fit within the following general framework.
- We will advocate for infrastructure that is direct, connected, convenient, and safe for use by an unaccompanied 8 year old.
- Where infrastructure or planned infrastructure falls short of this standard, we will raise it with the authority concerned, and aim to agree a proposal that we are able to publicly support.
- Whilst we will always push for the best possible quality infrastructure, we will recognise that occasionally, compromise now, can lead to better results later, provided the compromise does not negatively impact on the current cycling environment.
- We will aim wherever possible to be involved in infrastructure planning at an early enough stage to positively influence the outcomes.
- We will support and encourage members local to projects requiring attention to become actively involved in the consultation processes and to help set-up and engage with hyper-local campaigns in support of quality infrastructure.
“Campaign for the moon
Settle for a flashlight
Reject a poke in the eye with a stick”
GoBike Engagement Strategy
- We will work hard to build and engage positively in good communication and working relationships with councillors, designers, consultants and cycling officers, as well as the police and procurator fiscal, while also endeavouring to hold them to account when necessary.
- We will encourage our members to engage with councillors, designers, consultants and cycling officers where appropriate. We will provide guidance on how to do that, and on the type of approach most likely to succeed.
- We will respect confidentiality and discretion where it is requested, and recognise that good working relationships depend on trust.
- We will make it clear when we do not agree with suggestions or ideas from external partners or other members, but we will aim to do that constructively and respectfully. We will also be respectful that our members are volunteers from a wide ranging skillset, who are giving the time they know to be appropriate to them to do what they can for our campaigning. Good relationships require honesty and compromise will sometimes be required.
- We will share the outcome of engagement with our members where possible.
- Glasgow Active Travel Forum – Glasgow City Council
- Cross Party Group on Cycling Walking Buses – Scottish Parliament
- Cycling UK – The National Cycling Charity
- Transform Scotland – Scotland’s Alliance for Sustainable Transport
GoBike is not affiliated to any political party and members support a range of political views. However, we do encourage members to get involved and ask their prospective and elected representatives about their plans for cycling and active travel.
GoBike does not support the mandatory wearing of helmets.