December 2012 – newsletter

1 December 2012

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

Upcoming events for your diary

3 December BBC Inside Out – local feature: cycling in Newcastle and York
11 December Quarterly members meeting
12 December Jesmond cycling meeting

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!

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.

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.

,strong>Write to your MP – EDM679

(Yet another) Early Day Motion has been published – this must be a good thing. Politically speaking, cycling is getting more and more limelight and centre stage! Please write to your MP to support EDM679 “Get Britain Cycling”. Some information, templates and suggestions can be found on the website.

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.

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

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Pedal Power,
Your Campaign team