Back on the 26th of March, I sent out a proposal for a change of meeting point. I’ve received quite a bit of feedback, here is a sample:
Would endorse change, as I think it,s only a matter of time before an accident occurs @ Dave,s, and I think we are seen as a bit of a nuisance to shoppers and general public. Not good for club image.
We have definitely outgrown the available space
We are causing a lot of congestion which can result in a bad image of the club
I think it is a great idea to change the meeting point to Albion Place- this looks like it was designed as a meeting place/amphitheater and since the powers that be have provided such a good spot it is a shame not to use it.
Albion place has cycle stands and is sheltered more than the place on Rope Walk
I’ve spoken to many other members, the only negative raised by a few people was:
We’ve always met there and I don’t see the need to change it
…which is totally valid. Wednesday nights, Sunday mornings even, no-one is about.
So, initially we’re going to change the Saturday meeting points only. All Saturday rides will now be advertised as meeting at Albion Place. Access Albion place via Jerry Croft (turn left before Cotswolds). There is vehicular access, so you do not need to dismount unless you wish to (although watch the dropped curb).
Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday evening and Sunday rides will continue to meet at Dave Ferguson Cycles.
Note: This consultation has been done via email to ensure all get an equal say, and to be as inclusive of the membership as possible. With such a fundamental decision, I (and the rest of the committee) thought the club meetings did not attract a wide enough audience.