Constitution

The Bricycles Constitution is 10 years old and was last amended in May 2008.

At the EGM on May 28th 1997 members debated the draft constitution and amendments. Modifications to clauses 2 and 8 were greed and the meeting voted unanimously in favour of the following constitution.

Subsequent Amendments
At the AGM on May 2nd 2000 members voted in favour of making the existing posts of Newsletter Editor and Marshalling Officer into committee positions.
At the AGM on May 7th 2002 members voted in favour of the creation of a new post and committee position of Campaigns Officer.
At the AGM on May 8th 2007 members voted in favour of abolishing the committee post of Marshalling Officer.
At the AGM on May 14th 2008 members voted in favour of the creation of the new post and committee position of Web Manager.

1. NAME
The organisation shall be called The Brighton, Hove and District Cycling Group which may be shortened to “Bricycles “.
2. PURPOSE
The purpose of the association shall be to :
a) Campaign for the continuing development of better conditions for cyclists including safe, direct and convenient cycle facilities, on and off highways;
b) Promote cycling as a healthy and enjoyable form of transport for business or leisure;
c) Promote cycling as an environmentally friendly alternative to private motor transport and encourage co-ordination and cooperation with and between public
services such as buses and trains;
d) Represent the views and interests of cyclists at local and national level or through the media;
e) Assist with events and co-operate with other bodies that promote similar aims (e.g. marshalling, affiliations);
f) Support members by providing information (e.g. newsletters, organising social events and rides and facilitating other useful services such as 3rd party insurance, discounts).

3. POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS
Bricycles shall be independent of any political party or persuasion.

4. MEMBERSHIP
All individuals who support the aims and objectives of Bricycles shall be eligible for membership, subject to the approval of the Committee and payment of the appropriate
subscription. Any person so approved becomes a “Member”.

5. SUBSCRIPTION
The annual subscription rates shall be fixed from time to time at the Annual General Meeting or at an Extraordinary General Meeting.

6. THE COMMITTEE
The business of Bricycles shall be conducted by a committee of not more than 12 persons (“the committee”) the membership of which shall be approved by the members under clause 7 below. Specific responsibilities shall be filled by election at the Annual General Meeting:- Secretary, Campaigns Officer, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Web Manager. Any member of the committee can be assigned specific functions other than the above. Any Bricycles member can be coopted
to assist the committee on specific functions.

7. MEETINGS
One meeting per calendar year shall be the Annual General Meeting which shall be held within one month of the anniversary of the preceding AGM. There shall be at least four weeks’ notice of the AGM and the business to be transacted. At this meeting will be elections for specific responsibilities. Such business as may be submitted to
the Secretary at least five weeks in advance will be transacted at /the AGM but additional routine business shall be admissible with approval of the chairman. An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called as follows:
1. to deal with business adjourned by an AGM;
2. by resolution of the Committee;
3. by a request to the Secretary signed by at least 10, or 10% of the membership (whichever is the greater).

8. BANKING
A bank account shall be operated in the name of Bricycles and all monies shall be paid in and agreed expenses shall be paid. A report of items of income and expenditure as well as a summary of assets and liabilities shall be made by the Treasurer at the Annual General Meeting. Not less than two signatures shall be required for any payments made in the name of Bricycles, one of which must be that of the Treasurer and the second that of an elected committee member for the time being, or any
other member of the association duly authorised at an AGM or EGM.

9. ALTERATIONS
No alterations, additions or deletions to this Constitution shall be treated as duly made unless submitted to the Secretary at least six weeks prior to the AGM and irculated to the membership at least four weeks prior to the AGM. Any proposed amendments to duly made changes to the Constitution must be submitted to the Secretary not less than two weeks before an AGM or EGM and may be decided at the subsequent AGM at the discretion of the Chairman but may be deferred to a
subsequent General Meeting if the Chairman deems it appropriate.

10. WINDING UP
Bricycles may only be wound up at an EGM of which at least four weeks notice shall be given to the membership at their last known addresses.

11. SURPLUS FUNDS
Any funds remaining on winding up after paying all liabilities shall be distributed to other organisation(s) sharing as closely as possible the aims and objectives set out in clause 2.

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