Jesmond Cycling

Calling all cyclists in Jesmond (including anyone who cycles through Jesmond! The Council issued a response to the Jesmond cycling plan which will be discussed with councillors at this meeting. If you want to improve cycling facilities in this lovely suburb, please come along! For more information, contact Tony Waterson tony.waterston@ncl.ac.uk

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Beat the winter blues: #keepcycling, keep campaigning!

Winter is at our doorstep and as the days get darker and colder, we all feel like hibernating. So this is a little wake up call from n0tice, a new initiative which aims to celebrate winter cycling and those who don’t put the bike in the shed at this time of the year but instead keep pedaling. If you’re one of those and would like to share your stories, tips and enthusiasm, please sign up with n0tice and post some stuff at http://keepcycling.n0tice.com/ They have just produced a great little clip which features the super fab Cycle Hub on the[…]

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News clippings – Car tax

Chronicle (12 November 2012) Letter re: cyclists and taxation Roads are paid for by local and national taxation so all UK taxpayers pay for roads. VED, or car tax if you like, goes into the national coffers and is not ring-fenced for spending on roads. Some motorists believe cyclists have fewer right to be on UK roads because they do not pay road tax. This is a mistaken belief. Motorists and cyclists have equal rights to use roads. Should your readers wish to find out more about who and what pays for roads, or the history of the Road Fund,[…]

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Correcting vision – putting it right

When it comes to cycling and cyclists there are many things that are misunderstood by the public. Putting it right! We started an INFO sheet series. The first in the series is cycling & retail (attached). May many follow. Also, alerted by Cllr David Cook, we teamed up with Carlton Reid and have written to the Evening Chronicle following a spate of ‘road tax’ letters from readers. Let us know if you spot it! LETTER TO EVENING CHRONICLE A number of recent correspondents to the Evening Chronicle have suggested that cyclists should pay ‘road tax’, like car drivers. However, not[…]

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Plenty Twenty in Newcastle

PRESS RELEASE 10.11.2012 The city prides itself in being an early adopter of the 20mph speed limit. But is Newcastle going far enough? We investigate. Talk to people in the street or pose the question at public meetings “What is Newcastle’s speed limit?” and people are surprised to hear that Newcastle is a City of Twenty. Newcastle Cycling Campaign is intrigued, and spurred on by the added cycle safety 20mph can bring, members of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign took a closer look. Katja Leyendecker of Newcastle Cycling Campaign “We hear that a staggering 90% of Newcastle’s roads has been converted[…]

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Gateshead Cycling Strategy

The new strategy has been delayed, and is not due to be made available until December. We will continue to watch any developments with the new strategy and we will also provide input and comments on it, once it is available.

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Cities Fit for Cycling campaign moves up a gear

Nine months after launching the Cities Fit for Cycling campaign, The Times takes stock. The 8-point manifesto to make cycling safer is reviewed and the conclusions are clear: not good enough. The government needs to do much more to tackle the issues and make decent progress: levels of funding earmarked for cycling infrastructure in particular are too low to make a real difference on the ground. A parliamentary inquiry “Get Britain cycling” will look at safety issues, amongst other things, and will report back in spring 2013. It will inform how previous commitment can be turned into action and cut[…]

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