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DRAFT Campaign Plan – priorities 2015/16

In the run up to the AGM we are again pulling together our campaign plan for the coming year. This is so we can organise our volunteer resources by agreeing, prioritising and tackling the important bits that need doing – keeping us transparent and our message clear. As before we will concentrate on the political and institutional barriers to building cycling into Newcastle. The campaign plan below is in a draft format. At the AGM its contents and rationale will be outlined and discussed with our members. We have identified four areas that need immediate attention: 1) Talking about the[…]

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Letter to Eugene Milne – Public Health

Professor Eugene Milne Director of Public Health Newcastle Newcastle Civic Centre NE1 8QH Dear Professor Milne, We read with interest the article including your comment in the Chronicle http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/cycle-campaigner-skeptical-over-newcastles-8545887. We wrote to your predecessor in 2012 making the case for public health’s involvement with improving cycling conditions in Newcastle, asking for a meeting. We received no reply. We have since written to Councillor Forbes. https://newcycling.org/going-public-health It seems timely to perhaps restart the previously begun public health conversation. In particular, we would like to make you aware of NICE ph8 http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/PH8 and ‘The Energy Glut’ both which make strong recommendations to address adverse urban environments[…]

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Council will you please listen and help

The ‘school run’ is a hot topic. It is a road traffic and safety problem and should be addressed as such. Newcastle has known that for years, if not decades; people find it hard to walk or cycle due to the dominance of motor traffic and lack of safe space. Putting this wider problem onto an individual’s doorstep, like parents, is not the answer. Newcycling looked at one location in Newcastle to highlight the wider problem. It’s the responsibility of the highway authority to address road safety and control traffic movements, and thereby enable people to walk and cycle (sustainable[…]

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Thoughts about The Big Pedal

Sally, our Jesmond branch chair, writes about travelling to school by ‘alternative means’ and talks to a couple of other parents to find out what they think of the behaviour change initiative ‘The Big Pedal’. Every year since my son started school we have taken part in The Big Pedal. This competition, run in North East schools by the council’s partner Sustrans, challenges families to walk, scoot or cycle to school for three weeks during the spring. This doesn’t mean that we change the way that we as a family travel to school – we already walk or cycle to[…]

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John Dobson Street

This week the council have made plans for John Dobson Street public. You can view the plans here, and you can share your views on the scheme here. Alternatively, the council are holding sessions at the City Library over the following week (details available through the previous links). With this plan, we are very optimistic about the future of John Dobson Street to be one for people – as a destination as well as connecting more fairly and smartly by enabling active and healthy travel choices. The conceptual plan that we have seen appears to achieve that shift away from[…]

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Budgetting the transport transition

Recent national calls for a dedicated and consistent cycling budget have been made by high-level organisations like the Transport Select Committee and British Cycling, making only the government itself fall short of accepting new economies. But with the forthcoming Growth and Infrastructure Act even the government could soon enshrine a dedicated cycle budget in law. Until then the government’s transport department, DfT, is drip-feeding and that could leave councils in the lurch. Newcycling explains what the call for a cycle budget means for Newcastle. It is now near-universally accepted that a dedicated cycling budget is needed to build fit-for-purpose cycleways[…]

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