IAM Cycling

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Plax, 30 Apr 2010.

  1. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    does anyone know about this?
    http://www.iam.org.uk/iamcyclingmembership.html

    Just noticed it now after reading the results of the IAM Poll of cyclists;
    http://www.iam.org.uk/latest_news/cycletrainingmoreimportantthanhelmetssaysiampoll.html

    They offer;
    For only £15, IAM Cycling Members receive a fantastic pack of benefits worth £40, including:

    • “How to be a better cyclist” book (normally £9.99)
    • IAM “Total Cycle Assist” policy**, looking after you and your bike whilst on the road and in the event of an incident (normally £12).
    • 10% discount vouchers for Halfords.
    • Hi-viz draw string bag (normally £9).
    I'd be interested to know what their book says, and how it compares to Cyclecraft, but I'm too tight to fork out £15.
     
  2. wesa

    wesa Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oxfordshire
    The e-Shop describes the book as:
    Whether you are relatively new to cycling, someone returning to the activity or you have many years experience, you will find enormous value in this book. It will help to take your cycling to a whole new level.

    “How to be a better cyclist” is a comprehensive guide to becoming a better cyclist. It can be used for personal study or in conjunction with training to the National Cycle Training standard. It delivers all the information you need to become an advanced cyclist, in a logical and accessible way and also includes information on riding with children.


    I remember reading about this in one of the recent IAM Magazines. IIRC the book is based on cyclecraft but applies the IAM principles (observation and the system of 'car' control) to cycling. I will see if I can find the article.

    When I read the article I was interested but I forgot about it until now.
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    So what's this

    IAM “Total Cycle Assist” policy**,

    CTC or BC I am afraid - best way to be protected.
     
  4. dondare

    dondare Über Member

    Location:
    London
    Is it aimed at the under-12s?
     
  5. thomas

    thomas the tank engine

    Location:
    Woking/Norwich

    There's 20 bright yellow cycle saftey stickers to collect too. :wacko:
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    :wacko:. It would be interesting to know if there is any uptake on it. I've personally not seen any advertising targetted at me as a cyclist, and with it being an organisation originally set up for the motorised audience my bet is most of them won't bother with it.

    Judging by some of the answers given to the poll also, my money is on it being a completely different kettle of fish if the "non IAM members" results were removed (the majority of which was cyclists I'd bet).
    Notes to Editors:

    • Attached: IAM member, non-IAM member and IAM associate member splits.
    • When asked what was the most important consideration to help cyclists in the UK: 21.49 per cent suggested further introduction and enforcement of 20 mph zones (6.8 per cent of members, 24.79 per cent of non-members). 30.1% suggested further introduction of physically separate cycle lanes (33.87 per cent of members, 29.28 per cent non-members).
    • 40.24 per cent thought additional police resources should be made available to ensure cyclists adhere to the rules of the road (65.7 per cent of members, 35.25 per cent of non-members).
    • 82.46 per cent thought the introduction of a licence or registration process for cyclists was a bad idea. (53.82 per cent of members, 88.23 per cent of non-members).
     
  7. ufkacbln

    ufkacbln Guest

    Actually the IAM is fairly sensible and supportive when it comes to cycling.

    Their "Sharing the Road with Cyclists" FactSheet is in the main sensible and coherent:

    Now if only they had included pavement drivers in the last paragraph!
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    That is quite a good summary by them to be fair.
     
  9. wesa

    wesa Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oxfordshire
    I have contacted the IAM Cycling team to ask for more info on this. I was quite disappointed at how little information I could find on the IAM web site.

    I will post here if I get any info.
     
  10. xpc316e

    xpc316e Senior Member

    Are you sure that it is not 'Total Cycle Ass'?
     
  11. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I did my IAM training and even took a trial for the test. After 10 minutes the bloke told me that although my technique was excellent I would never pass the test because I wasn't driving to "The System". So I gave it up. Been driving 37 years and still haven't had an accident (fingers crossed). I think 12 years of motorcycling helps with safe car driving too.
     
  12. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    Location:
    Sandbach
  13. Tinuts

    Tinuts Wham Bam Helmet Cam

    Location:
    London, UK.
  14. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    This bit from the IAM factsheet made me smile...

    You mean, they weren't within the speed limit already?? :sad::sun:

    I support any organisation that's going to get a 'safe cycling' message out there. That is, of course, if what they say does promote safety - but I have no reason to expect the IAM to be paying lip service here. They are, generally speaking, a sensible organisation with fewer go-faster stripes than Rospa (imho of course). Plus, given the vast majority of the current membership are car drivers, I consider this a very positive move - since a 'safe cycling' message requires motorists to play their part.

    So, yes, this looks like a interesting membership deal to me. I'd be particularly interested to know the details of the 'Total Cycle Assist' policy (no use to me personally but it never-the-less interests me!) as I do think this is something lacking (or very expensive) in CTC, LCC, BC etc memberships.
     
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