A Fair Slice (originally guest post in Spokeswomen)

It is a woman’s territory to keep their loved-ones safe: women take household decisions, lead and guide their families with safe and caring hands. It is no surprise therefore that the Newcastle Cycling Campaign is led by womenfolks and steered by women’s view of the world. Cycle campaigning is inherently female in its cry for safe space, safe conditions, safe cycle systems. The campaign wants everyone to be able to enjoy cycling, easily and safely, on attractive and pleasant routes, paths and streets. We want our (hypothetical) eight-year old to be able to cycle to school. All by themselves. Soaking[…]

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Brighton Grove

A summary of Brighton Grove news Read more on Brighton Grove here 21.07.2011 Brighton Grove (the cycle lane with all the cars parked in) is getting a make over. Well. Sort of. Read our view here. We have also written to the responsible Councillor, to request a review and discuss a better future approach to cycling. Read here. 17.08.2011: Our call for a written reply and better info sharing has finally been heard. Maybe some real listening can take place now? It’s about time. 08.09.2011: Another meeting took place, and more detail emerged. Sadly a number of questions remain unanswered.[…]

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Metro’s Press Release

Metro’s press release following the conference now reveals they weren’t considering the matter of bicycles on the metro after all. They’d already ruled it out! Why, Metro, why? Left hand, right hand… or is it something altogether more sinister? We’ll have to keep wondering… We are in the process of drafting an open letter and will be seeking your support soon. Watch this space. All we are asking for is a fair exchange of information and ideas. Open. Frank. Transparent.

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Wheels in Motion – press release

07.11.2011 PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wheels in Motion – Seven Strategic Cycle Routes proposed for Newcastle Earlier this week, Newcastle Cycling Campaign launched a bold plan to create seven major cycle routes in Newcastle. The cycling community is helping their council to put together an exciting package of transport measures as part of a £16 million bid from Tyne & Wear to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (set up by the Department of Transport). The seven cycle routes would go from Walker, Heaton, Longbenton, Gosforth, Kingston Park, West Denton and Newburn straight into the heart of Newcastle. Along[…]

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A Cycling Campaign is Born (originally posted on CEoGB)

A mere German person, simply used to cycling as a means of getting-out-and-about and good cycling provision, I was in severe shock when I first saw Newcastle’s crazy cycle network. If it was a spider’s web, it would not hold together. But didn’t somebody say riding a bicycle is easy? Photo: Typical bicycle in Germany. Old. Functional. As an individual I tried talking to the Top. Communicating with the council chief executive and others such as council leader and the MEP, the councillors’ cycling champion, resulted in nothing better than “we are stuck with what we’ve got” or… [silence]. Sorry,[…]

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Wheels in Motion

We’ve launched ‘Wheels in Motion – Seven Cycle Routes for Newcastle’. We’ve written to councillors to bring them up to speed on this crucial campaign initiative and asked for their support. As part of the annual ‘councillor survey’, the campaign also lobbied councillors to ‘make a little pledge for cycling’… here’s their big chance to bring the recently adopted ‘Cycling Manifesto’ to life. Naturally we’ve submitted our proposal to council officers and included some strategic thoughts too: our ‘Wheels in Motion’ proposal should form part of the ‘Local Sustainable Transport Fund’ bid. In addition we’ve circulated a ‘How to’ guide[…]

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