Introducing the campaign to the new cabinet councillor

Dear Cllr Ainsley

Congratulations on your appointment to cabinet from all of the newcycling committee. In advance of meeting with you in person, we would like to take the opportunity to share some information about the campaign and its membership.

Newcycling is a constituted community group, formed in 2010 and has over 1,600 registered members. We lobby, campaign and inform Newcastle decision makers to include cycling infrastructure in their city plans for our sustainable future. Research is clear, including cycleways grows a better local economy, improves public health and makes Newcastle a more attractive place to live and work. You can find out more about us here www.newcycling.org.

We recently held our AGM; fifty members attended and it was a great success. Chi Onwurah MP was an inspiration to all of us at the AGM and spoke eloquently about the difficulties in cycling on our roads. We would like to share with you our Campaign Priorities (based on our seven years of experience of interacting with the council). To make real progress towards a sustainable and equitable city, it is now vital that we see the adoption of

  1. a cycle network into council policy
  2. best design standards (such as the London Cycle Design Standards) into formal council practice

In the meantime, we are pleased to see that transport and commercial interests in the cabinet are now separate and hopefully decisions can now prioritise residents’ health and quality of life.

We hope that we can work together to make Newcastle a cycling city.

Kind regards
Claire, John, Katja, Rod, Sally and Scott
newcycling’s Management Committee