September 2012 – newsletter


3 September 2012

Scott, Kat, Claire and Tom contributed this month’s news items. Happy reading!

Upcoming events for your diary

11 September Quarterly members meeting with CTC’s Chris Peck
13 September Green issues. How many more deaths?
18 September 4C = City Chief Cycle Challenge
21 September Newcastle Bicycle Festival – panel debate and fun!
29 September Family fun day – mass bike ride

Stricter liability – the call for a fairer system for all

ACTION The road justice debate rumbles on. Here’s the latest Early Day Motion EDM407 – please contact your MP to take action and sign it. This is part of a British Cycling initiative in collaboration with cycling advocacy groups… – there’s a suggested template which you can personalise as much as you can and then send it to your MP.

Newcastle and Gateshead Score Low For Cycling

This week the Campaign for Better Transport, released its 2012 Car Dependency Scorecard. In the scorecard Gateshead was ranked last in the Category for Walking and Cycling, with Newcastle also ranking low at 22nd (out of 26).

In the scorecard, the Future Plans for Newcastle and Gateshead are also seen as a problem, as they seem to have no measures to address the low Walking and Cycling scores for the area.

Cycling to school? No!

We recently obtained a copy of a status report for sustainable travel at sixteen Tyneside schools. Kids usually want to walk or cycle, and the majority lives in walking or cycling distance to the school. There are some heart-rendering comments from pupils in the qualitative report.

Fenham Hall Drive – consultation response

We opposed an ill-advised money-wasting scheme on Fenham Hall Drive. Read our objection.

News clippings

We were in the news. Journal 3-page feature (2 August 2012) Changing the cycle by Ruth Lawson [html / flickr] You may remember that Kate Cairns attended our last members meeting, making a passionate plea for safer roads and road justice.

Campaign writes to Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside

The Highways Agency announced today its preferred design for changes to the A1058 / A19 Silverlink Junction. Concerned at the impact on the Coast Road Cycle Route we’ve written to Mary Glindon MP asking her to help ensure that the safety and efficiency of the cycle route is a key design consideration.

Campaign Nudges Crossing Design in Tynemouth

Members of the campaign together with Sustrans and CTC met with North Tyneside Council last night at the junction of Beach Road & Broadway in Tynemouth A193/A1058. Hopefully we will have succeeded in nudging the design in the right direction before it gets to North Tyneside Cycling Forum for more formal consultation. We took along the attached ideas board, and our comments are summarised below, are we getting it right here?

Talk to us say North East cyclists

Some of you will remember taking part in a research project led by Dr Seraphim Alvanides and Godwin Yeboah from Northumbria University. Everyday cyclists were equipped with GPS and their local trips over a week were tracked, mapped and analysed. Preliminary results are now available and have been presented at the Royal Geographical Society international conference in Edinburgh, 3-5 July 2012. According to the researchers, the current “designated” cycling routes as shown on maps and sign-posted on the roads do not all make “cycling” sense…

Quality of life only with cycling

The Newcastle Cycling Campaign asks for political leadership and action via this press release, tells Newcastle Councillor responsible for cycling Cllr Nigel Todd what exactly is needed, and expresses dismay towards recent road works in North Tyneside.

We’ve written to Cllr Nigel Todd

Heartened by last year’s engagement and action on Brighton Grove, we’ve written to Newcastle’s local politician responsible for cycling, Cllr Nigel Todd, and ask for action. We’ve outlined the following four achievable targets for completion by 31 March 2012.

Charter of Vancouver – children’s right to cycle

We’ve signed the Charter of Vancouver because we think children have the right to cycle.

Talk to us!

what’s on your mind?
what’s your twitter handle…?
do you have an idea for a topic to be debated at a members meeting or can you recommend a speaker?
would like to get more involved?

Pedal Power,
Your Campaign team