What are your specific responsibilities? What does a typical ADFC “work day” look like, and how do you communicate with each other?
My focus area is industry. This means that I’m working on helping the ADFC Business Club develop into an interesting network that enables various companies from the bicycle industry to exchange ideas and work together for a common cause. This strong partnership also makes it possible for companies to become politically active without having to invest a great deal of their own resources. In addition, I see myself as an expert on family mobility – in this area, I can share information with other board members and help keep attention focused on the special needs of women and families.
Most of this work takes place on the weekends or in the evenings after 8 o’clock. We have regular board meetings, which are also attended by the federal executive directors. At these meetings, we discuss the ADFC’s strategic orientation. However, there’s also a lot of direct exchange: for example, between board members, with active ADFC members and also with employees from the main office.
In addition, members of the federal board are often invited to attend public events, either as guests or to represent the interests of cyclists. I also have colleagues who are responsible for political lobbying. Their work involves lots of meetings with ministries and members of the German Bundestag.