Every modern liveable city has embraced the bicycle – an inexpensive quick means of transport, inclusive, green and healthy. And our aspirations for Newcastle are just that. We are looking to learn from cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam. We know from speaking to local people, that many don’t cycle because of the aggressive traffic and road environments. Yet, most quite like the idea of getting around on two wheels. Together we are asking for better cycling conditions and more dedicated space for cycling.
To achieve a city-wide transformation to a people-oriented liveable Newcastle and Tyne & Wear, we all need to work together. The Newcastle Cycling Campaign is bringing together everyone: organisations, groups and individuals with an interest in supporting cycling and realising what the bicycle brings to our city. The campaign is particularly interested in increasing ‘everyday cycling’, using a bike for commuting, school runs, visiting your friends and family, shopping – you name it. We believe that safer and more enjoyable cycling condition, more space for cycling, would get more people cycling.
This short video from Copenhagen (7 mins) passionately sums up our vision for Newcastle’s city centre: nothing more, nothing less.
Looking at the areas surrounding a centre and getting more into the how: this 15 minute video of Newcastle’s twin town Groningen is worth watching. Enjoy!
And there is loads that can also be done in our neighbourhoods and communities as outlined perfectly by this video about a street in London (4 mins).
Cycling is steadily increasing in Newcastle, and our city has great potential to become a premier Cycle City. If we do not want to be left behind other cities, the step change must happen now. Business as usual is not an option. Together, we can represent cyclists, channel and articulate our views and concerns and push for action, results and successes. We can make Everyday Cycling a reality.
Let’s get a positive feedback loop going! Improve cycle conditions, more people use bikes, more provision for cycling, and a cycling culture emerges.