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Ambition in the face of austerity?

Response to Newcastle budget 2016-17 consultation Ambition in the face of austerity? http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/budget-annual-report-and-spending/budget/budget-2016-17 (external link) To Newcastle City Council The title for the consultation is yours, but the question mark is ours. We at Newcycling would like to see real ambition for change, which we have outlined in our recent correspondence to Pat Ritchie (for example here). We also refer you to our budget response last year which described the necessary leadership and administrative changes required for mode-shifting transport transition (as your policies dictate) – to enable more people to have a true option to leave the car at home. It might be[…]

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WANTED – Leadership for Transport Transition

Dear Pat We have written three letters to you over the last few months (see below for links), and you replied that you would not want to meet with us in person. But we won’t give up that easily. Serious attention needs to be given to designing cycling into our city. Our chair, Katja, invites you to cycle around the city with her so that you can see with your own eyes how urgent this is. Please get in touch so that we can make a date. For now, here are some documents which we highly recommend you read. These[…]

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Newcastle Cllr survey – Space 4 Cycling

Following our Councillors’ surveys in 2010, 2011  and 2012, we contacted all Newcastle Councillors on 30 December 2015 and asked them for their Space for Cycling thoughts and priorities. At the end of 2014, Newcastle celebrated being the top English Core City for Space for Cycling political support: 67% of local councillors supported space for cycling (we are now at 65% since the local elections in 2015). This is great and we said a big thank you at the Space for Cycling ride in September 2014. What does this mean and what’s next? We asked Councillors to select the top[…]

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On yer bike, Pat, for Newcastle

Faithfully, since our foundation in 2010 I have been writing incisive (German!) messages, casting back and looking ahead. You are not spared this tradition at the start of 2016. On this occasion, it is a message that describes how council have been successfully scratching the surface. They are trying. So much so that council may have almost convinced some of you into thinking Newcastle is actually moving into a more sustainable transport direction with people, not cars, at the heart. To me, having observed and examined council’s goings-on for more than five years, this however only feels like tactics. Or[…]

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