Many of us have campaigned, lobbied and longed for better cycling in and around Newcastle for decades.
We now need to combine our efforts to create a cycling culture which unites, supports and grows our cycling community.
This is why we have formed the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, providing one independent voice for local cyclists and cycling organisations. The Newcastle Cycling Campaign was set up as a not-for-profit organisation - a community group - in October 2010. We wanted to be ambitious and we aspired to reach a membership of 200 in our first year. And we did it! We are steadily growing!
And - being a community group entirely made up of volunteers - we are always looking for enthusiastic people who have some spare time, a hobby or professional skill they would like to bring to the campaign. Let us know. And contact us to discuss this further.
Katja Leyendecker, Chair
Katja is a chartered environmental engineer and a regular bike commuter, braving Newcastle's city centre on a daily basis. In June 2010 Katja on behalf of over 800 signatories handed over a petition to the city council demanding that Newcastle City Council's own policies and plans are put into action and safer cycling facilities are provided in Newcastle. She will keep a keen eye on the actions and outcomes, meet with council officials and lobby for better cycling provision in Newcastle.
"Hundreds of local people have given me the mandate to speak up on cycling matters. Good things have happened in the past to improve cycling in our town - but we clearly still have a long way to go to make cycling a really safe and pleasant activity for everyone - particularly when looking at the city centre. If we stand united, I strongly believe we can achieve our ambition of a truly cycle-friendly Newcastle. It is the right thing to do. I will do everything in my power to support the Newcastle Cycling Campaign and make it a real success for our city and its people."
Claire Prospert, Secretary
Claire has been actively campaigning for cycling in Newcastle for over four years - she started by setting up a Bicycle User Group (BUG), engaging her colleagues, organising cycle activities and improving cycling conditions at her employer, in particular workplace facilities. She has built up a wide network of cycling activists and supporters to raise the profile of cycling within the city. In 2010, she won the national award under the transport category of the Sheila McKechnie foundation.
"I believe that by getting together and being organised we can achieve a lot. There are many local cycling organisations - either community-led, public or private in the city already doing good work for cycling. Just check out the 'Our partners' section! We need to build on that and lobby for positive change: an environment which is conducive to 'everyday cycling'. So many people, either worker, student, shoppers travel to the city centre every day. Just think how the city would look if they were all cycling!! If you love Newcastle, join the Newcastle Cycling Campaign." The above posts Chair, Secretary as well as Treasurer form our core management committee. Not to forget: our campaign projects and initiatives will be run by active members of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign. So, don't be shy and get in touch. We love to hear from you."