My Week: Gerhard Weiss

The cycling development officer at London Cycling Campaign recounts his week

Gerhard Weiss
Gerhard Weiss

Monday: I head over to the City for an external meeting. I enjoy getting out of the office on my bike, even if I find myself shaking my head at some badly designed cycle lanes. Once back in the office, I catch up on emails and I start preparing a presentation when one of our trustees reminds me about our meeting. That presentation will have to wait until tomorrow.

Tuesday: I go to work early and take the opportunity to video one of the junctions we're campaigning to change. Later, I have a useful phone call with one of our 33 volunteer borough coordinators. Unfortunately, I have to rush the call because an office volunteer arrives. We rely heavily on volunteers, so it's important that I show them the ropes.

Wednesday: There's a campaign meeting all morning. With the London mayoral elections taking place in May, there's a lot to do to promote our Love London, Go Dutch campaign, which aims to make London's streets as inviting for cycling as they are in Holland. My job is to look after the campaign volunteers. In the evening, I head over to Ealing to meet one of our local groups and, along the way, contend with blocked cycle routes and delayed tubes. Fortunately, the hospitality from the Ealing group more than makes up for it.

Thursday: I start the day vowing to clear my email backlog, but it is not long before I am held up by a debate about Bow roundabout, the location of two fatal crashes last year. I feel very strongly about cycle campaigning but have to be careful not to get sidetracked.

Friday: I go to the office a little late to make up for some of the evening meetings. I then prepare a weekly mailing for our coordinators and other activists. On Fridays, we send out the weekly e-newsletter to our members. It's always a rush to put together and usually involves staying late. But it's my daughter's birthday party tonight, and I have to leave on time. Nevertheless, it feels wrong to leave the office when so many are still busy at work.

London Cycling Campaign is a membership charity that lobbies for improvements for cyclists in London

Gerhard Weiss is a cycling development officer at London Cycling Campaign

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