Aims

Pedal MCR is a registered not for profit co-operative; owned and democratically controlled by all co-operative members.

Our Constitution

Our vision is a less car-dominated city, in which people choose to use the bicycle as a form of transport, which benefits their health and the environment.

Our mission is to work on practical and imaginative solutions to promote cycling and to normalise the use of cycling as a valid alternative to the car.

Our main aim is to transform Manchester’s transport system and cycling culture.

Mission

Pedal MCR is a collective dedicated to recycling bicycles, offering mechanical education, and promoting bicycling by helping people of all ages and background to obtain, maintain, and repair bicycles.

We are a not for profit organisation that is committed to promoting the benefits of bicycles as an energy-efficient, economical, non-polluting form of transportation, and as a healthy lifestyle choice, by providing access to affordable equipment and education.

We aim to:

Bring together cyclists from a variety of cycling backgrounds to build a stronger cycling community in Manchester, through organising cycling and social events throughout the year.

Raise awareness about cycling.

Empower cyclists to feel part of their cycling community, through grass-roots working. We encourage full participation and the organisation of events that we in the cycling community would like to see happen.

Promote the bicycle as a form of transport over car culture and its varied benefits. Riding a bicycle instead of driving a car has been proven to help people keep fit and healthy, improve their mental health and reduce pollution (The British Nutrition Foundation , 2005).

Organise events where people can share skills, experience and knowledge with people from different generations, religions, abilities and cultures.

Objectives

Pay co-operative members a fair wage
Become financially self sufficient within three years
Improve levels of bicycle mechanical education in Manchester
Build a solid base of regular volunteers
Create an increase in community cohesion
Promote cycling, both as a leisure activity and a mode of transport
Encourage social change and action on climate change through people changing their travel habits

How we work:

We are determined to make a real contribution to the quality of life in Manchester and to leave each volunteer and participant with the knowledge that they have successfully striven for a genuine sustainable future.

We are not afraid to take risks, developing projects that government or private businesses will not or cannot. We are values-led rather than revenue driven.

Our success relies on the commitment of its volunteers to the groups aims. We work at a grass-roots level, with all members of the group being local cyclists. We rely on the local knowledge and practical assistance of volunteers. Not only does this give us legitimacy, but we seek the input of everyone involved to the direction our work should follow. In all our relationships, both internal and external, we seek to be equitable and open and to work to the highest standards of inclusiveness and sustainability.

We are a non-hierarchical and make decisions by consensus in order to value the opinions and ideas of everyone that takes part. We are a not for profit group and organise activities that are affordable for participants. This is because we believe that activities should be available to all, no matter their economic position.

We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism, capitalism and religious fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all creatures.

Not for Profit

No profits shall be shared amongst members, any profit shall go back into the project to be spent on work to promote cycling. If the project ceases and is in credit then any remaining monies shall be given to cycling related charities or organisations decided by the group.

Committee Meetings

Meetings are held once a month, on the 3rd Monday of each month. Decisions are made through a consensus process and the role of facilitator is taken on by a different participant each month. Items for the agenda are emailed to the facilitator prior to the meeting and can also be submitted at the beginning of each meeting. Decisions can be made and passed by no fewer than 2 members.

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