How to use your group's Cycling UK publicity page

A cycling group in Devon
A cycling group in Devon

How to use your group's Cycling UK publicity page

If your group hasn't got its own website, or even if it has, do you know that you can reach the more than 100,000 unique visitors to our site every month by having your group's very own publicity page on Cycling UK's website?
Get started - take control of your group page

All Cycling UK member groups (both formal and informal) and affiliate groups have the opportunity to have a page on our website. Once the page is set up, the main group contact will receive an email from us and from that point, they can take control of the page and start adding events, rides, posts and child pages to their site. To start off with, the default contact for the group (the Secretary is the main contact for Cycling UK Member Groups) is made the group page 'manager'.

If you are the Secretary or default contact for your group, you just need to log onto the main Cycling UK website to activate your role as the manager of your group's page. If you have not yet registered with the site, you will need to do this first.

The first time this happens, you will see a notification at the top of the screen and your group will be added to your user profile.

Managing your group pages and setting up additional administrators

Who can edit my group's publicity page?

This can be done by either the 'group manager' or 'group administrators'. A group has only one group 'manager' but can have many group 'administrators'.

 

Who is the group manager?

When we set up a new publicity page for a group, the group manager is our principal contact for the group (typically the group Secretary). However, this can be changed so please contact the membership team if you want to do this or email membership@cyclinguk.org

 

What are the roles and permission I can give other group members to help with the administration of the pages on the Cycling UK website?

There are now six roles for group publicity pages:

  • Group Manager: this role is automatically assigned to the main group contact (usually the Secretary).
    • There can only be one manager per group (unless extra manager roles are added by staff at National Office on request)
    • Managers are the only people who can assign the two new roles of Registration Officer and Communications Officer to group members (Cycling UK Member Groups Only)
    • Managers can view and edit members’ local data (as can anyone with the Registration Officer role) (Cycling UK Member Groups Only).
  • Group Administrator 
    • Can edit the main group page, add new content and events and can give other members of the group permission to add content and events.
    • For Cycling UK Member Groups only - additional administrators can view current members in their area
  • Content Editor
    • Can create and edit group child page content and group posts
  • Events Editor
    • Can create and edit group events and rides
  • Registration Officer (Cycling UK Member Groups Only)
    • Having this role allows the group member to view a list of current members in the group’s postcode area. Members’ local data can be added and edited.
  • Communications Officer (Cycling UK Member Groups Only)
    • this role enables the group to create and send emails to all members in their postcode areas or to a selected subset such as new members, lapsed or active members only. Initially, all emails will be approved by National Office.

Below is a table to summaries the roles, any group member can be assigned 1 or more roles and the same role can be given to more tha 1 person.


Group Roles

 

How can I add website roles?

  • These roles can be controlled via the Group tab at the top of the main group page:


    Group Tab
  • Once on the Group page click on “Manager Roles” to view existing group website admins.


    Group Tab
  • To add or remove the administrator role from one of the existing members, select the edit option next to their username and on the next screen select the administrator member checkbox.


    Edit users
  • To add a new person select 'Add new user' - the person will need to be already registered with the site and you will need to know their username.


    Add new user

    Enter their website username and then assign any appropriate roles

How do I change the group manager?

The group manger (or a staff member at Cycling UK) can pass the role onto another member of the group. The group manager will see an additional option of "Allocate the group manager role to another group member" on the group tab. Click on this and then enter the website username of the person you wish to pass the role onto.

Updating the main group page
  1. The group manager or one of the group administators can update the main group page.
  2. If you are the group manager, or one of the group administrators, log into the site (if you are not already logged in) and navigate to your main group page via the link within your profile or the groups' listing page: https://www.cyclinguk.org/groups-listing
  3. Once on the main group page, select 'edit' from the menu above the main image

    Edit option in top menu
  4. The group edit page is in two sections:
    1. Main group information including title, image, welcome text and the main information about your group text area.

      Main edit section
      • Title - this is the name of your group
      • Image - add a main image for your group.
        • If you have yet to upload an image for your group, select the 'Browse' button and the media browser will appear
        • In the media browser either upload a new file or reuse any file you had previously uploaded
        • Set the alt and title for the image (this helps people using screen readers) and submit the image
        • Once selected, the image will show on the edit page and below it you will see three variants of the image, select each and in the pop-up select the area of the image that looks best and press save

          Image cropping
      • Welcome text - this apears as an overlay over the the image and is best as a short piece of text (if currently this is long, consider moving the text to the 'about the group' section)
      • About the group text - this is the main text area, please enter a summary about your group.
    2. Extra Group Information - this section has a number of tabs to help split up the different types of information:

      Additional Information Section
      • Activities and Information - this section is for the type of rides the group puts on.
        • Activities of the group - select the type of activities the group does (you can select multiple activities)
        • Information about group ride - enter information about the rides available from the group
        • Rides download - this can be a traditional rides list in PDF format or GPX routes etc
      • Location
        • Catchment area of the group - this is the area you would expect people to live in who would be interested in your rides

          Drawing the polygon for the catchment area
          1. Zoom into the area you want to set - this can be done by double clicking on the map, using the zoom controls or entering your location in the geocode box below the map
          2. Draw the area:
            • once in roughly the right area, select the polygon icon at the bottom of the map (or the point icon if you would prefer a single point)
            • then click on the map where you want the polygon to start, then move to the next point, continue till you have mapped your group's area, to finish double click.
            • if you are unhappy with the area selected, just do it again; once complete, the old area will be removed and the new area will show.
      • Contact details
        • Enter the main contact name, email address (that is used behind a webform) and public phone number.
        • Website address - if your group has its own website, then enter it here in the full format including "http://"
        • If you do not wish to use the group page but instead just want to redirect users to your own group page, tick the box below the Alternative website URL box.
      • Gallery and Download
        • Gallery - add additional gallery images to showcase your group
        • Download - any additional download for your group
      • (Office Use Only)
Adding Events

An Event is an occasional ride such as a rally or Tourist Competition event that is open to both Cycling UK members and the general public; it includes social activities such as conferences. It is also for events with more than one activity or ride.

Firstly, it's important to know the difference between a Ride and Event. The information below will help you differentiate between the two.

  • Ride for regular group rides or socials such as club runs or AGMs. These can be reoccuring ie once month on a Saturday or every Wednesday. 
  • Event for rides open to both Cycling UK members and the public and also Tourist Competition events. Events are often made up of multiple rides (of differing lengths or ability) but that take part on the on the same day or weekend.

If you decide that you want to add a new Event the following fields are the minimum that we require you:

  • Name, for example, "Hungerford Hurrah & Hooray Audax's"
  • From date, for example, "02/02/2014"
  • Type, for example, a "Local Group Event"
  • Under the "Rides and activites" tab:
    • Name of this ride or activity, for example, "Hungerford Hooray Audax 140 km"
    • Date and time, for example, "02/02/2014" and "09:00"
    • Type, for example, "Road ride"
  • Location, town and postcode - see below for more detailed information
  • Contact name, for example, "Robin Smith"

More detailed information about specific fields:

Rides and activities
With an event you can add multiple rides or activities. For example, it is ideal for creating a rally Event that consists of several rides, meetings and dinners, such as the York Rally. At least 1 ride or activity needs to be created, and you can add more by clicking on the "Add more rides or activities" button at the bottom of the page.

Main Image
You can upload an image or photo from your computer that will show on the Event page. The image needs to be at least 1070 pixels wide and 800 pixels high and a maximum of 2000 pixels wide and 2000 pixels high.

Unsure about the size of your image? Use the Free Online Picture Resizing Tool to find out the size of your image and resize it.

A risk assessment for this Event has been completed
This checkbox has been provided as a reminder that all Cycling UK cycling Events need to have a written risk assessment before commencing. Note, that this information does not show on the Event page itself. 

Cancelled
Setting an Event as cancelled will add a message to the Event page saying that this Event has been cancelled. The Event will still be available in the events listing.

Location
Location is a required field and can be completed by entering the location for the Event, either enter the postcode and then press the "Find using Postcode field" button, or by zooming into the start location and thenusing the Draw a point icon at the bottom of the map.

 


Event location screen

An example of the location field being used to find Cycling UK's head office

Adding Rides

A Ride is a regular monthly or weekly ride primarily for Cycling UK members and includes social activities such as AGMs that are not open to the public. It can also be a one-off event open to the public that consists of just one ride at one distance.

First, it's important to know the difference between a Ride and Event. The information below will help you differentiate between the two.

  • Ride for regular group rides or socials such as club runs or AGMs. These can be reoccuring ie once month on a Saturday or every Wednesday. 
  • Event for rides open to both Cycling UK members and the public and also Tourist Competition events. Events are often made up of multiple rides (of differing lengths or ability) but that take part on the on the same day or weekend.

The following fields are the minimum that we require you to complete for a Ride:

  • Name, for example, "Romsey Round 75 miles"
  • Date and time, for example, "02/02/2014" and "09:00"
  • Type, for example, a "road ride" or "AGM"
  • Location, town and postcode - see below for more detailed information
  • Contact name, for example, "Robin Smith"

More detailed information about specific fields:

Main Image
You can upload an image or photo from your computer that will show on the Ride page. The image needs to be at least 374 pixels wide and 250 pixels high and a maximum of 1000 pixels wide and 1000 pixels high. Unsure about the size of your image? Use the Free Online Picture Resizing Tool to find out the size of your image and resize it.

Repeat
It is possible to set a repeat for a Ride, so that a single Ride page can be created and shown in the events listing multiple times. For example, the picture below shows a Ride with a start date and time of Sunday February 2nd 2018 and by setting a repeat of "Every Weeks" until Sunday February 1st 2018, this Ride will show as being repeated every Sunday until Sunday February 1st 2018.

Cancelled
Setting a Ride as cancelled will add a message to the Ride saying that this Ride has been cancelled. The Ride will still be available in the events listing.

Location
Location is a required field and can be completed by entering the location for the ride, either enter the postcode and then press the "Find using Postcode field" button, or by zooming into the start location and thenusing the Draw a point icon at the bottom of the map.

 


Event location screen

An example of the location field being used to find Cycling UK's head office

Add additional group pages

1) Go to your group homepage e.g. Southampton & Romsey CTC- you can find all groups on the Local Groups homepage.

2) There are two types of additional groups pages you can add, 1) child pages for static information like sub group details, and 2) posts for time specific content like news and rides reports. 

3) Select the option, approprate option from the "create content" sidebar menu.


Create content

The 'Group Child Page'  or 'Group Post' in the sidebar menu

3) On the following page complete the following form fields in order to create the new page:


Add additional group page screen
  • Title - the title of the page (this will show at the top of the page).
  • Image - upload the main image for your page
  • Teaser - summary for the page
  • Body - this is the content that you wish to display on the new page.
  • Additional Options - in this section you can add addition text that will show in the right hand bar, add a gallery and uplaod attachments.

Additional Options

4) Click 'Save' to create the page.

5) The new page will now appear in a new menu in the right-hand column called 'Group Information' and 'Latest'.


Additional group pages

The new page in the Content Menu

Sending Emails using the Groups Toolkit (Communications Officer only)

Members who have been assigned the Communications Officer role for the website have the ability the create and send group emails. Emails can be sent to all members in the group’s postcode area or to subsets such as new members, members who have recently lapsed, members flagged as active and so on.

To create a new email click on the Group Email link within the purple Manage this group box on the right hand column of the group homepage.


Create Email

 


Create email page

 

Fill in the form. The options are:

  • Group Audience – this is who the email will be sent to
  • Banner Image – this is an image that will show at the top of the email (once an image is uploaded click on the image preview to see what area of the image will be visible in the banner.  The same rule also applies to images added to stories)
  • Subject – this is the email subject line
  • Content – there are 3 content sections (one or more can be used)
    • Body and Footer are where you can add text, links and formatting; the body field will show below the banner image (if used) and the automatic salutation (so you don’t need to say “Dear Member” etc).
    • Stories – you can add one or more stories. Each story has a title, image, text and optional link.
       

Stories
  • Reply To Email Address – emails will be sent from noreply@cyclinguk.org; this is NOT the email address to be used if you want the email recipent to be able to send a reply – you can add a different email address here if you wish.

When complete, press save: this will create the email in Draft format for you to first review on screen. Once you have reviewed it on screen, click edit at the top of the email, making any changes you require on the orginal fields. Additionally, now you will see two extra options at the bottom of the page:

  • Status – the options here are:
    • Draft – will not show on the site or be sent
    • Draft – Send Test Email (to myself) – this will save the email and send you a test email (to the email address associated with the account you are logged in as)
    • Ready To Send – this shows the email is ready to send to members, if the user has the additional Email Approval permission (currently set by Cycling UK National Office Staff); it will send the email straight way, but if not, it will need approval by someone with that permission or somebody at National Office. (It is envisaged that at least one person per group will have this additional permission after the initial test period.)
    • Sent – this is set by the website after the email has been sent
  •  Show on Group Home Page – if “show” is selected then the email will show in the latest newsfeed once the email has been sent (useful for newsletters which you may want everyone to see).

You may review on screen again by selecting Draft; once you are happy with what it looks like on screen select “Draft – Send Test Email (to myself)”, and you should then receive the test email. At this point, it is good to check links are correct and the images show OK.

Once you are happy with the email, select "Ready To Send”  - the email will then be sent if you have the additional Email Approval Permission (set up by staff at National Office).

If you do not have this permission, then someone at National Office will review the email and send it on your behalf. They will also be in touch with you so you can be given the extra permission once you are confident with the system.

If you want to view an email previously set up (or any other content you have created in the past), go to your user profile and select the "My Content" tab .

Viewing and Updating Current Members (Group Managers, Registration Officers and Group Administrators)

Currently, only Group Managers, Registration Officers and Group Adminstrators  have the rights to view group members’ data. This may be changed to just group Registration Officers on feedback from testing.

To view current members, go to the group’s publicity page and click on the Groups tab:


Group Tab

In the Groups tab, select the top option of “Local Lists”


Local Lists Page

Here you can view the current members, with search options of member number, surname, email and active flag.

If the user has the Registration Officer role or is the Group Manager, they will be able to access the edit records view; this is the same as the view above but there is also the option to update more than one member at a time to show if they are active in the group.

From either of these lists, if you click on the membership number field, you will see further details of the member:

 


Riders View

The personal data is split into two sections:

  • Central Data – updated weekly (frequency to be decided) by Cycling UK National Office.
    Members can update their own details either via their user profiles on the website or via the Membership Team. Details visible to groups include:
    • name
    • membership number
    • membership details for example: type of membership, voting rights, join and renew dates
    • status (new, lapsed etc)
    • email address (this is filtered centrally for suppressions),
    • greeting

This data can be used for sending emails and, in the future, will include a postal address so you will be able to send communications by post.

  • Local Data – the group manager and the person/people with the Registration Officer role for the group’s publicity page on the Cycling UK website has the ability to update members’ details with additional data relevant to the group.
    • a flag to show if a member is active within the group 
    • local email and postal newsletter subscriptions
    • email and postal suppressions.

These options will be further developed in the coming months in conjunction with Cycling UK’s Member Groups. (see the "Member Groups Toolkit Roadmap" section below)


Rider Edit

 

Member Group Toolkit Road Map

Phase 1a (now live) 

Restricted access to Members’ Data via Cycling UK’s website

This data will be refreshed weekly and will show current Cycling UK members, recently lapsed members (with a two-month grace period) and those that have been marked as active with a particular group. 

Groups can update this data with the following details:

  • whether or not the rider is an active rider with the group;
  • whether or not they are a newsletter subscriber;
  • whether or not the member has unsubscribed from the groups email or postal mailings

Communications by Email 

  • an email template
  • the ability to send welcome emails or emails to all members
  • options for welcome emails and follow up emails to new members
  • the ability to unsubscribe members and email link to unsubscribe mailbox managed by Cycling UK
  • there is now added a "Group Content" list in the "Groups" tab so you can go back to previously sent emails or historic events and rides

Phase 1b (in current development)

Communications by Email

  • complete and improve the email audience options
    • turn on the disabled options (email to active and subscribed members)

Communications by Post

  • flag for postal subscriptions and magazine subscriber (with end date), new members without emails
  • downloadable list of names and addresses via CSV file 
  • log of data downloaded and by whom for GDPR purposes
  • download member data agreement

Additional functions

  • basic anonymised reporting about group members 
  • flags for committee member and rider leader for email audience 
  • add a video to help explain the options and our recommendation 
  • the ability for Cycling UK staff to process returned/invalid email 

Phase 2 (planned for spring 2019) (To be developed in conjunction with two volunteer member groups) 

The following data functions should be available early next year. The ability to:

  • add additional riders who are not current members of Cycling UK 
  • create subgroups/informal groups and link riders to them
  • for welcome emails give the option to automatically send every month
  • the ability for members to opt in and out of communications via a webform/my account rather than email 
  • manage "In Case of Emergency" contact details (name and mobile number) and riders’ own mobile numbers

Lower priority

  • manage and assign roles to specific people eg ride leader, event organiser etc and sync with Care 
  • save additional data - save documents against a member’s record; photo consent; parental consent
  • reporting for groups on open/click through rates
  • record participation in a particular ride or event