November 2012 – newsletter

30 October 2012 Claire and Kat contributed to this month’s news items. Happy reading! Upcoming events for your diary 21 November Tyne Green Talk – Foot Power 11 December Quarterly members meeting Newcastle Cllr Travel Survey 2012 In October, we carried out our second Councillor Travel Survey. The leader and leader of the opposition replied and we are saying a massive thank you to both of them for their contributions. We wish their flock would have done the same but the overall replies are too few to analyse them in a meaningful way. We would have liked to report back[…]

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Tyne Green Talk – Foot Power

The Tyne Green Talks are organised by the local Green Party. They are open discussions not just for Party members to attend. The meetings offer a adiscussion platform, and aim to inform about specific issues and policy areas and to strengthen campaigning bonds. This talk is about foot power… Speakers; Katja Leyendecker ,Newcastle Cycling Campaign Colin Green, Living Streets

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Newcastle Cllr Travel Survey 2012

In October, we carried out our second Councillor Travel Survey. The leader and leader of the opposition replied and we are saying a massive thanks to both of them for their contributions. We wish their flock would have done the same but the overall replies are too few to analyse them in a meaningful way. We would have liked to report back to you like we did in 2010. This year only 21 out of the 78 City Councillors bothered to fill in the 1 minute survey. Compare that to 2010, when 39 Councillors responded. Ever economical and efficient we[…]

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Summer of Cycling on the Finish Line

PRESS RELEASE 21.10.2012 The idea was to encourage everyone with an interest in cycling to share the fun and introduce just one friend, neighbour, colleague or family member to cycling. In 2012 a national campaign was run between March and October which aimed to encourage more people to cycle. The ‘All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’ and ‘The Bicycle Association’ alongside the force of 23 cycling organisations aimed to double cycling this summer. http://www.summerofcycling.net/ The Newcastle Cycling Campaign was an early adopter of the Summer of Cycling and in April asked locals to “nominate their bike buddy”. Katja, Newcastle organiser for[…]

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Summer of Cycling – The Storyline

It’s October, the Summer of Cycling is finished. That’s not to say cycling is! We’ve written up a report on our involvement, how our cycling members and how their bike buddies got on. Read about their stories here. It’s not complete plain sailing… Eager as we are, we are also throwing together a press release. It will be posted under menu Press Thanks to the Summer of Cycling team, its organisations and groups. It’s been a rollercoaster journey this summer. The stories speak for themselves. And of course the journey to a cycle-friendly Newcastle, Tyne and Wear and Britain does[…]

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Bikes on Metro – NEXUS survey

Earlier this year, we pressed for a Bikes on Metro trial – although NEXUS bosses said no, at least it kick started a stakeholders’ group examining the long-standing question of whether bicycles can be carried on the TW Metro. As part of this investigation, NEXUS are surveying Metro passengers (on-train) and a wider population (off train) in order to capture the views of bike users and non-bike users: https://www.research.net/s/N2XKRJ7 The results of the survey as well as other elements of the investigation (e.g. Health and Safety assessment) will be included in a report to the NEXUS board at the end[…]

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PCC candidate – Phil Butler (Con) outlines:

“Really appreciate you getting in touch. Hopefully you will be aware that I’m a massive cycling fan? Keen to discuss this further locally if we can? I like the idea but what about the Sustrans people they have local volunteers? Unfortunately I can’t open the attachment but as I say I would like to talk face to face with someone.” We clarified “What we are after is a police officer liaising with the cycling community. A point of contact so to speak. Sustrans are great, you are right, but a liaison officer would not be something they can facilitate. So.[…]

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PCC candidate – Vera Baird (Lab) outlines:

“Thanks for writing. I can agree with all the concerns you have in the attachment and am sympathetic generally as an occasional cyclist myself. It would be good to meet soon, if I am elected to discuss how to progress some of the issues you raise. “I am not clear what policing resources are currently allocated to cycling and/or what partnership working there is which may be staffed from the local authority or elsewhere. Until I have access to a clear understanding of what is currently available, what more is needed and the scale of the work to be done,[…]

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PCC candidate – Peter Andras (Lib) outlines:

“Thank you for your email. “Personally I am in the favour of supporting cycling. I am a local councillor in North Jesmond and as you know we are doing local consultation here about how to improve cycling access through Jesmond. “The question of a liason officer for the cycling community is an operational issue of the police. My principled position about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is that the PCC should not interfere with the operational organisation of the police. Thus, I could not commit myself to resolve a such operational issue as the establishing of[…]

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We’ve written to the PCC candidates

We’ve sent a letter to the three main candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner. And we said we’d let you know who’s supportive of our call for a cycle liaison officer. And here are their answers. In alphabetical order… Peter Andras (Lib) @Andras4NUPolice https://newcycling.org/news/20121009/pcc-candidate-peter-andras-lib-outlines Vera Baird (Lab) @Vera4PCC https://newcycling.org/news/20121009/pcc-candidate-vera-baird-lab-outlines Phil Butler (Con) @Philbutler2000 https://newcycling.org/news/20121009/pcc-candidate-phil-butler-con-outlines Tweet them, ask them what their plans are to improve the lot for cyclists!

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