More people cycling, more places, more often.
Posted by Felicity on Sep 9, 2013 in Advocacy, Cycle Therapy, More People Cycling, News | 9 comments
The Cycle Therapy crew of writers, photographers, editors and designer have been hard at work. The fall issue will be in print soon. In the mean time, here’s a sneak preview of the cover.
TRA VEL ONTWO WHEELS made with little scraps of coloured paper may be ‘cute’, but not very intelligent. It’s much too busy. The GVCC should be advocating for better bicycling facilities, not promoting weird artistic creations.
Please redesign the front cover before it goes to press.
Thanks for the feedback.
Seems to me that “Travel on Two Wheels” is in fact the core of our advocacy message.
Perhaps I should have written my introductory few words as:
It’s very difficult to read if one merely glances at the cover; the name of the publication – Cycle Therapy – is relatively insignificant in the lower-right corner; and the name of the organization – GVCC – is so small, that it is easily missed. The cover should attract bike shop and library visitors, not already GVCC members or the extreme artsy crowd.
Yes, travelling on 2 wheels is advocacy; but it is passive advocacy, not active advocacy. I repeat: Please redesign the front cover before it goes to press.
Perhaps you should wait until you see it in print. There are all sorts of articles inside that could be about advocacy, and more to your taste.
And of course, if you have strong feelings about exactly what active advocacy should look like in print, Cycle Therapy does need some volunteers! We’re open to article submissions and ideas for future issues, too.
This webpage invited comments regarding the proposed front cover; I provided some, and you were offended.
The bottom banner – of the proposed cover – provides the subject matter of ten included articles; the first five are concerning bicycle tours that various members may have taken, probably during this past summer.
Am I to conclude that the GVCC has morphed from being an advocacy organization into a bicycle touring club?
I’m enjoying your trenchant observations.
It’s a travel issue, if the cover text didn’t make that clear. Our member authors did indeed visit a variety of countries, and they report back about cycling facilities and varying levels of success in transforming communities for cycling. Finding out what other countries are doing offers some telling details about how Victoria is doing, both worse and better by comparison.
Do you not think visiting other countries can put our advocacy in context, and broaden a reader’s understanding of what is possible for our region? Good cycling facilities abroad are rather inspiring, I think.
Time to set pen to paper and write an advocacy article for the next issue, Jim. What do you consider most important to address right now?
Perhaps it’s now time for any other viewers to provide their comments on the proposed front cover; not on comments already presented. The ‘floor’ is open.
It’s not proposed, Jim. That is the cover. But feedback is always welcome.
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