BigToonRide rode for Newcastle’s future

Yesterday more than 150 cyclists, young and old, took to Newcastle’s streets for a fun event with a serious message. The Big Ride was one of many held across the country in a united call for Space for Cycling, a national campaign highlighting the lack of cycleways in the UK, calling on everyone to write to their Councillors and ask government departments of Transport and Health to drastically increase cycling investment for a better transport future in UK cities. Katja Leyendecker, chair of Newcycling, said “What an amazing turnout, what a buzz. When the Big Toon Ride coordination group first[…]

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News clipping – BBC Look North: big toon ride

BBC Look North (17 May 2014) Katja (chair) says “The message is ‘give us space for cycling’. That means setting aside road space for cycling. So that cycling and walking, and by all means taking the bus – the active forms of transport – can take prime position in our city. And the car and drivers have to start to take the back seat.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46hYf0xwZao [youtube]

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National Big Ride held in Newcastle

On Saturday thousands of people will take to the streets calling for Space for Cycling in London, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and Sheffield. On May 17th at 10:00 cyclists are meeting at Newcastle’s Haymarket to join the national Space for Cycling Big Ride, held in many cities across the country, to ask for more space for cycling in our cities. This is part of the nationally coordinated ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign where everyone is asked to call on their Councillors to create a better transport system, one that includes cycling, and obtain the funding to make this a reality. Everyone is[…]

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Tour de Jesmond

A tour of historic Jesmond – by bike Organised by the JRA and Jesmond Safe Cycling Celebrities, seniors, Jesmondites all welcome – join us for the event of the year Meet at Bandstand in Exhibition Park – safety assures by Community Police Turn up on the day or per-register with Tony Waterston Tony.waterston@ncl.ac.uk And here is a short account of the ride by Claire Prospert, Newcastle Cycling Campaign: Le Tour de Jesmond was a great success,a big thank you for those who took part – about thirty people turned up at the Exhibition park. Great mix of cyclists and bicycles,[…]

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Correction of Liberal Democrat Focus leaflet smear

As active stakeholders and participants in the Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF) bid we wish to correct the North Jesmond’s Liberal Democrats statement on Acorn Road plans. Their political outlet, the Focus newsletter, broke the cross-party support and trust that council plans should have enjoyed. It was also factually incorrect and scaremongering. The essential points of the CCAF are that its designs and plans benefit pedestrians and cyclists and act as a catalyst for future human scale developments and improvements for everyone in the area by creating better street environments. Cities in the UK and Europe which have introduced such[…]

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Members’ survey – Shifting up a gear with you

First of all, a big thank-you to the 143 members who completed our survey. That’s about 12% of our total membership including all family members, and a good response for this type of survey. Lisa Vincent was the lucky winner who grabbed the prize, a £20 voucher from our fab partner the Cycle Hub (see photo). A large proportion of respondents, 73% to be precise, are men, which is probably a fairly accurate reflection of the current gender split within the cycling community. There were 10% of you who had started cycling recently and a very small percentage, 1% of[…]

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Historical cycling in Newcastle – a member’s observation

You may remember George reporting back from Dublin in last year’s yourReport series. The space for cycling that Dublin managed to make through roadspace re-allocation (and not being so far away from Newcastle like many of the other more “exotic” locations) won the Committee’s thumbs-up. George contacted us again, as he’s now stumbled across some great historical clips and photos showing Newcastle’s cycling past. Some people say “There is no history of cycling in Newcastle”. Newcastle has never been in York’s league, but I remember loads of bike shops on and around Shields Road in the 1960’s, so there must[…]

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