Cycling Campaign Rolls into Newcastle (Launch) – press release



Friday 1 October 2010 sees the launch of a city-wide campaign for a cycle-friendly Newcastle. The Newcastle Cycling Campaign aims to improve conditions for Newcastle cyclists.

In June a ‘safe cycling’ petition supported by a staggering 800 local residents was presented to a Newcastle City Council meeting and won support from Cllr Wendy Taylor (Environment Portfolio). Supporters of the petition also included Newcastle MPs Chi Onwurah and Catherine McKinnell, as well as Newcastle Councillors Stephen Psallidas and Gareth Kane.

Based on cyclists’ feedback, the petition highlighted clear gaps and inadequacies in provision for bike users. An astonishing 93% of the 800 respondents said they would use their bike more often if safer cycling routes through the city centre were provided. Newcastle Council has said it wants to encourage more people to cycle, so providing safer city centre cycle routes would make a great start.

The Newcastle Cycling Campaign is led by Katja Leyendecker (safe cycling petition organiser) and Claire Prospert (award-winning campaigner for a better deal for cyclists) who along with others hope to turn the petition’s aspirations into reality.

Katja said “The campaign supports council plans for the future, which promote alternatives to car use, seek to reduce traffic passing through the city centre and wish to make the city centre more attractive (and safer) for pedestrians and cyclists. However, we want to see those plans implemented now.

We also welcome the council’s ‘Climate Change Declaration’ and look forward to the role that cycling can play in helping reduce carbon emissions in Newcastle”.

The Cycling Campaign will bring together the cycling community, cycling charities, cyclists’ organisations and the bike industry to give it one united voice. This will help raise awareness and bring about long-overdue improvements for cyclists in Newcastle.

Claire who recently won a national campaigning award from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation says “We need your help to make our campaign a success. The more members who join the campaign, the more we will be able to do! Go onto our website to find out more and get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!”
Name Katja Leyendecker
Phone Number 07828 60 4349