Civic Cycle Ride

Last updated 27 September 2014


After the very successful Big Toon Ride last May, we are calling on all cyclists, young and old, to show support for Space for Cycling by riding with us, once more on Saturday 27 September. This Civic Cycle Ride is a fun ride with a serious message; a message asking for safe dedicated space for cycling on our roads, city centres and neighbourhoods.

We will be cycling across our iconic bridges, from Newcastle to Gateshead Old Town Hall and back. The Leader of Newcastle Council, Councillor Nick Forbes will be joining us to support everyday safe cycling. We’re also delighted that our patron, Christian Wolmar, is coming up from London especially for the day to join us.

Our route can be found at:

10:00 – Meet on the Ceremonial Way outside Newcastle Civic Centre
10:30 – Leave Newcastle Civic Centre
10:30-11:30 – Ride through the City Centre across High Level Bridge up to the Central pub. Return via the Tyne Bridge
11:30 – Ride ends at Newcastle Civic Centre
11:40 – Questions & Answers, Cllr Nick Forbes
12:00 – Event ends

There also is a facebook page where you can register your interest

And/or tweet about it #s4cncl #space4cycling

If you would like to help out on the ride please email

A bit of background info about Space for Cycling:

The national Space for Cycling campaign aims to create the conditions where anyone can cycle, anywhere, safely – coordinated by CTC in conjunction with local cycle campaign groups, building on a London-focussed initiative run by the London Cycling Campaign. It is supported by cycle industry funding from the Bicycle Association’s ‘Bike Hub’ levy and by private donations.

People-friendly streets are the life-blood of safe, pleasant and healthy communities. Enabling walking and cycling is vital. Back in May, nearly two hundred of us took to the city streets to ask our Councillors for safe space for cycling and to seek the funding that’s needed to civilise and diversify our transport system. Since then Newcastle City Council has taken the lead amongst the English core cities: to date 65% of the City Councillors have pledged their support.

Space for cycling is a national campaign

The small print, well, not really:

On our ride, it would be wonderful if we could all stay together as a group but with all the city’s traffic lights we will inevitably get split up. We recommend to have the kids and parents at the front, which is what we did for the May ride and it worked well. Unfortunately, the roads could not be temporarily closed so normal road conditions and rules will apply. We’ll have volunteer marshals in place to guide the ride and groups of cyclists; they will help slow down the front and support the rear to catch up. Look out for them, they will wear a red S4C tee-shirt.

Please treat pedestrians, cyclists and other road users with respect; be particularly careful at Old Eldon Square, Grey’s Monument and bottom of Northumberland Street which can get a little busy with pedestrians and buses.

There are two regrouping points on the route: Castle Gate just before the High Level Bridge and alongside the Central Pub in Gateshead.

Finally when we approach the Tyne Bridge, please note that it is possible to cycle on the shared pavement if you prefer to do so.

Oh and enjoy the ride, ring your bell and together let’s make Space for Cycling happen!