A year of REAL debate

Another year has come to an end; and I will attempt to quickly write up some of my thoughts about the last 12 months. It was a year of extremes: a protected cycleway was finally built on John Dobson Street, but was darkly overshadowed by the horrendous road-building plans of the Northern Access Corridor. Campaigning was, more than anything, an emotional rollercoaster this year. Never mind the varying quality of plans, on the whole I simply wished council’s programme would have been clearer, better projected and outlined, as that would have given us more time to properly prepare our position[…]

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December 2016 Newsletter

To read our Newsletter for December 2016 please click here These are our priorities for 2017 – there is much to do – come and join us and help make Newcastle a safer and healthier city for everyone.  Many thanks for supporting the Campaign through 2016 and we hope that you have a wonderful time over the Christmas and New Year! If there’s anything you’d like us to include in future newsletters please do get in touch via our Contact Us form or all these other ways too! E:mail contact@newcycling.org Twitter @newcycling Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/newcastle.cycling.campaign/

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Blue House Roundabout and Jesmond Dene Road – where is the cycling?

A public outcry in response to their Blue House roundabout plans forced Newcastle Council to go back to the drawing board. To the council’s credit they have gone back to basics. Newcastle council invited local groups to discuss what should happen here, and to discuss the impact these decisions will have on a future Newcastle. A representative from the newcyling’s Committee has attended all of the Blue House roundabout working group meetings – this is five meetings to date. A number of designs have been examined (see www.bluehousegroup.org) and they have prompted lengthy discussions. The case for change Although the groups agree that the council[…]

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A visit to Waltham Forest’s Mini-Holland

The upcoming second phase of Newcastle’s Cycle City Ambition Fund includes plans to reduce traffic and improve conditions for walking and cycling in neighbourhoods close to the city centre. Jesmond, Sandyford, Heaton, Ouseburn, Fenham and Arthur’s Hill are all part of the ‘Streets for People’ initiative. These were in part inspired by plans in progress in London called ‘Mini-Hollands’. Waltham Forest is the first of these to get going and we thought that it would be good for a group from Newcastle to go and take a look at what they had done so far. I accompanied a group of[…]

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Our chair speaks at APPCG

In front of MPs, Katja spoke at a All-Party Parliamentary group meeting in London. On 29 November 2016 our chair attended the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group meeting. Her message was one of inclusion and empathy – as well as money and design. The slides are below. Katja leyendecker – presentation to APPCG 29 Dec 2016 from Northumbria University

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Our response to urban congestion inquiry

This is a written response from newcycling.org to the urban congestion inquiry We are a constituted organisation entirely run by volunteers. We formed in 2010 to address economic, social and spatial inequalities in the transport system and to lobby Newcastle council for decent cycling infrastructure. Our organisation has 1,600 local members. We submit this response on behalf of our membership. Our response We agree that traffic congestion is a serious problem that must be solved However the current way congestion is addressed, institutionally and technically, is not right A lot of things are done in the name of congestion relief.[…]

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Public statement: Brandling Park

People travelling into Newcastle from Jesmond, Gosforth and further afield will have noticed that the construction works have now started on Brandling Park. This follows a physical trial at the junction with Clayton Road a few months back. It is not unfair to state we think, that there is more than a real chance of the money not being used to the best, or even a good, effect. A sum of over £100,000 is thrown at the construction phase. Newcastle City Council has been working, on and off, on the design and consultation for options on Brandling Park for the[…]

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Chi Onwurah MP reports on cycling, women and Africa

Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle reports from her recent trip to Africa  and gives us her perspective of what it is like to cycle in a local town in Namibia. An account about the social value of cycling, women empowerment and hope for the future: “I recently returned to cycling after a break of two decades, thanks to the encouragement and support of many but especially Newcycling and Super Cycling Councillor Marion Talbot. I am really enjoying getting around the constituency on my bike whenever I can. It is encouraging, but also I suppose slightly depressing, that constituents are generally[…]

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November 2016 Newsletter

To read our Newsletter for November 2016 please click here The Grow Your Tenner match-funding scheme is still open for a little while longer, so if you’d like to donate and haven’t done so already, please click here for our Localgiving page. And many thanks for all the donations so far… you are wonderful! If there’s anything you’d like us to include in future newsletters please do get in touch via our Contact Us form or all these other ways too! E:mail contact@newcycling.org Twitter @newcycling Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/newcastle.cycling.campaign/

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