CAN and the Chainlinks team are planning a special issue of Chainlinks for the start of 2012. Work doesn't usually start on the first Chainlinks issue of each year until January and February, and the issue doesn't come out until March or sometimes even April.
For 2012 we will have an issue out in late January, so it's there for Bike month.
Although the current issue of Caninlinks is delayed it has a description of the special issue like this in it.
The next issue of Chainlinks will be published in early 2012 and will be out in time for Bike Month in February. We'd like to make it a special issue, with articles from local groups describing what they do and how to join, rather than just recent news. We hope to also have articles on CAN's advocacy and project work and with practical information for new cyclists (e.g. how to become a commuter, how to cycle as a family, cycling to school, cycle touring, overseas cycle touring)
The idea is to create an issue that can be used as a promotional tool, and is useful for a longer time than other issues of Chainlinks.
The content will be required by the end of November in order for the editing and layout to be completed before Christmas.
Each group will get up to a page devoted, as long as they can provide copy to fill it. if not, the fall-back position would be to publish a group description and contact details in say half a page. The issue could be bigger than usual and a local group might like to get a local advertiser from their area. We've set a rate of $80 for a small block advert, the size is about 15% of the pager in keeping wity CAN's policy of limiting all adverticing to 15% of page area.
I presented the idea at the CAN Do and wasn't shot down in flames, so the palns are going forward. We'll organise some content at the national level using committee and staff, and will probably be ringing around groups looking for contributions.
Remember - content will be required by the end of November
We have a searate page for collating the material as it comes in here (viewable by Chainlinks and CAN staff only) .