Hup Oranje! CamCycle goes Dutch in rebrand

Cambridge Cycling Campaign's new identity highlights inspiration from Netherlands...

The charity Cambridge Cycling Campaign has launched a new identity which uses the colour ‘Dutch Orange’ to highlight its efforts to get more people on bikes in the city and improve conditions for them. It also says it will be making more use of the shortened name, CamCycle, that it employs already on social media.

It says the colour orange has been chosen in recognition of the status of the Netherlands as a country that leads the way when it comes to provision for cyclists and the design and implementation of world class infrastructure.

It will be used in a speech bubble, highlighting that the campaign group speaks for Cambridge’s cyclists, and is also complemented by ‘Aggregate Red,’ symbolising the colour used for the surface of the city’s latest cycle lanes.

The speech bubble and colours will be used in conjunction with the silhouette of a ‘hero cycle’ – a Dutch-style bike is shown in the example above – with the group’s chair, Robin Heydon, acknowledging that people’s perception of what constituted one could vary.

“As we know, a ‘hero cycle’ means something different to each individual,” he said. “For this reason, we plan to capture the real diversity of Cambridge’s cyclists by rotating through ‘hero cycles’: a town bike, a racer, a kid’s bike, a fixie, a folding bike, a tandem and more.

“We want our members to tell us what hero cycles they think we should use,” he added.

Unveiling its new identity, Cambridge Cycling Campaign said: “In its essence, the new brand is about strong imagery that evokes the incredibly diverse cycling culture in Cambridge.

“It would be placed with beautiful photos of members’ own cycles, or alongside inspiring Cambridge locations. The plan is for photographers, designers and artists to also take the concept and create playful new uses of the brand.”

It added: “There will also be stronger use of the name "Camcycle" by which the organisation is already known due to the popular Twitter account and which will help to avoid confusion with various other organisations abbreviated to CCC.”

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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