I guess that all depends on why you joined in the first place.
Did I join for Ride on magazine? No.
Do I still believe that `more people more often' is still appropriate? Absolutely! I'd much rather yobs were on bicycles where their potential to harm other people is greatly reduced than have them in V8 utes! (no offence Dale
I do agree however that pushing the education barrow is worth making a noise about. Is cancelling your membership an effective way of doing that though? Who are BV going to listen to, paying members or the general populace?
Did I join for the insurance? No. At the time I wasn't overly concerned. I now have far better insurance through Cyclecover and the MTBA.
[quote="ColinJ"]I guess like all organisations BV's success means that it grows and therefore changes. It's clearly no longer the voice of the individual cyclist, but a powerful and very effective importer and retailer lobby group.[/quote]
Whoah there! Where's your evidence of that?
BV do a hell of a lot of lobbying in government at all levels that us members rarely get to hear about and for good reason!
I know of no lobbying that BV have done on behalf of importers or retailers. If you've evidence of that then please provide it.
I consider myself an ordinary, every day cyclist. I feel that BV represents my interests where it counts (and unfortunately mis-represnets my intersts as well, but you take the rough with the smooth). Why do you feel that BV do not represent your interests? Saying it ain't so doesn't make it so so please provide some detail. You never know, I might agree with you
I'm grumpy all the time. I'm told it's a product of getting old so I guess I'll just have to deal with it.
I joined BV not because of individual benefits I may get. I looked at them and frankly didn't think much of them (still don't). I joined BV because it's a powerful lobby group for cyclists, more powerful than many of BV's members realise. I want to see cycling grow, I want better education for all road users about cycling, something I will push again at the next AGM. I haven't a snowflakes chance in hell of setting up my own lobby group to get changes I want through so I feel it's much better to join a group which has ideals largely in line with my own and try to influence that group in the directions I want.
I can't do that if I'm not a member. That's why I joined, because I'm passionate about cycling and want to see it grow in Australia.
So ColinJ, why did you join?
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