Committee and Members Meeting Sep 14

We’ll meet at the Trent House, a nice and friendly pub in Newcastle city centre. Find us upstairs in our dedicated area. Welcome to our Committee & Members meeting: Committee 17:00-19:00 Members 19:00-21:00pm – come along, grab a drink, meet the committee and take part in the discussion Venue: The Trent House, 1-2 Leazes Lane, NE1 4QT Bike parking: straight outside, at the railings. We will add the agenda of the meeting nearer the time. All members meetings this year: – 27 May 2014 – 29 July 2014 – 30 September 2014 – 25 November 2014 – 27 January 2015[…]

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Civic Cycle Ride – on the day

The event, held on 27 September 2014, kicked off with a speech from Katja Today is about, you might have guessed it, Space for Cycling. But overall it is about saying a big thank you. A big thank-you to you for actually being here today – thanks for joining us – and a big thank-you to everyone who has written to their Councillor. But the biggest thank-you today actually goes to our Councillors. And I cannot stress enough that Newcastle with a sign up rate of two out of three Councillors to support Space for Cycling is absolutely magical. Newcastle[…]

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Civic Cycle Ride reflections

And with your help, we did it again! Events like our Civic Cycle Ride are a massive undertaking to put on the road. A huge thank you to Peter and Claire and the sea of volunteers, Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council staff to make it happen again – following the Big Toon Ride in May – so expertly and safely. Every one of us, who joined in – young, new, old, big and small – made it a reality and made it into the pedal-positive event we were so lucky to experience yesterday. Thank you! The sun was smiling[…]

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2/5 Sustainable Safety principle – Homogeneity

In June 2014 we adopted Sustainable Safety as our first policy. Here we will describe the five principles of Sustainable Safety. This article will talk about homogeneity and what it means. We talked about the core principle functionality here. Whilst the functionality principle, SWOV says, aims for roads to have one exclusive function and distinguishes between traffic function (flow) and access function (residence), the homogeneity principle aims at keeping differences in mass, speed and direction of vehicles using the same traffic space being as small as possible. Functionality and homogeneity are at the basis of the categorisation of roads into[…]

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News clipping – BBC Look North: Civic Cycle Ride

BBC Look North (27 September 2014) Cllr Nick Forbes remarks “Well, Newcastle is the kind of place that people haven’t really associated with cycling in the past. It’s not really got the history or heritage of it. But we are determined to put in place Strategic Cycle Routes which will be a really strong legacy of the future. And the more people we can encourage to switch to cycling as much as for health reasons as economic reasons that reduces air pollution, that increases road safety and it’s good for everybody.” Katja Leyendecker, Newcycling chair, says “It’s about Space for[…]

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Space4Cycling – ward support map

STATIC PAGE (LAST UPDATED MAY 2015) – FOR NEW PAGE CLICK HERE   This is an initiative of the nationwide Space for Cycling campaign which we are part of amongst other city campaign groups in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield… In addition to checking out the ward map below, you can also download a spreadsheet, showing exactly which Newcastle Councillors have signed up (or not, as it may be). If you are a Councillor and you want to be on the map or you have questions about the map, please get in touch with us on newcastle.cycling.campaign@gmail.com. Not from Newcastle? Or want[…]

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Position statement – pavement cycling

It is not at all desirable, we believe, to have pedestrians and cyclists sharing the space they travel on, as it creates unnecessary conflict between two vulnerable groups. Walking should feel safe and comfortable on the pavement, particularly considering some pedestrians may be physically impaired. And cyclists should feel safe from motor traffic on their dedicated cycle space, considering some cyclists may use cycles as a mobility aid. The answer By providing space clarity, much of the conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and drivers is removed. The answer to the problem of cycling on the pavement is to provide dedicated space[…]

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Civic Cycle Ride for Space for Cycling

Newcycling lays on another Big Ride in the toon, this time stretching all the way to Gateshead. On 27 September Newcastle and Gateshead will turn red with Space for Cycling banners and bike plates celebrating the campaign’s local success. This time, the big city chiefs Cllr Forbes and Cllr Henry plan to join the ride, alongside the Campaign’s patron Christian Wolmar and, of course, hundreds of city cyclists. Newcastle rides high on a tremendous success story. Over 60% of Newcastle Councillors support Space for Cycling and want to create conditions where everyone can cycle safely, everywhere without fear of traffic[…]

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Helsinki Cycling Strategy

Mima, one of our members, just got back from Helsinki, her hometown. She was pleasantly surprised to see more people cycling in the finish capital, a trend she had already noticed over the last few years. In her online investigation, she came across the City Cycling Strategy 2013 – an ambitious programme building on a steady increase in cycling since the early 2000s. Helsinki’s modal share target, 15% by 2020, is not too dissimilar to Newcastle’s ambition of 12% by 2022. Helsinki is planning to treble its annual cycle budget, investing an astonishing €33 (£27) per person per annum (pppa)[…]

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