Dear Robert Goodwill MP…

Dear Robert Goodwill MP We were alarmed when we heard about the remark you made concerning helmet hair at the APPCG organised parliamentary debate, held on Monday 23 May. The debate was about the draft CWIS to which we have submitted our reply. Reading the CWIS draft document, we knew then, that things weren’t attended to properly at the DfT. We now see just how shallow your depth of understanding really runs. You are paraphrased by the AAPCG twitter account to have contributed to the debate the following: “Robert Goodwill says he will consider KPIs but we need to know why[…]

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Equality in expenditure? Not so.

A community group once more is getting concerned about the mixed messages on investment, spending and work programmes of an authority carrying out planning and transport duties. It’s been 1.5 years since the group highlighted the confusion about transport expenditure and planning practices to the authorities. Yet the same problems remain to today, and it may even get worse with the arrival of devolution. Katja Leyendecker, chair of newcycling.org, says “Newcastle states ambition and says it wants the city to become a Cycle City. Yet it is hard to understand how they are going about it. There certainly is ambition[…]

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How ambitious are the political statements for cycling?

Before the local elections, we asked political parties for statements. We received three statements, and say thank-you to these parties. In order of receipt these can be acessed here: Green Party (949 words) Labour Party (425 words) Liberal Democrat Party (785 words) Politics and city policies Being a political campaign engaging with decision-makers, we are keen to understand party positions. We are keen to know the gap we have to bridge between creating a Cycle City and a respective party’s ambition. Of course there are city policies to adhere to, too. And, still, we would like to see much more[…]

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‘Cycling Fallacies’ website launches

road.cc (21 May 2016) http://road.cc/content/news/190805-%E2%80%98cycling-fallacies%E2%80%99-website-launches-today New Cycling Chair Katja Leyendecker said “This tool http://cyclingfallacies.com/en/ will really free up our time for the important stuff! It’s so vital for campaigners to keep a good focus, be able to deal with distractions quickly and accurately, and debunk time-wasting spurious claims effectively. The Cycling Fallacies website will enable us to spend more of our volunteering time on positively campaigning for change.”

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GB Cycling Embassy launches CyclingFallacies.com to debunk arguements cycling advocates face

Cycling Industry News (20 May 2016) https://cyclingindustry.news/gb-cycling-embassy-launches-cyclingfallacies-to-debunk-arguements-cycling-advocates-face/ Newcycling Chair Katja Leyendecker said “This tool http://cyclingfallacies.com/en/ will really free up our time for the important stuff! It’s so vital for campaigners to keep a good focus, be able to deal with distractions quickly and accurately, and debunk time-wasting spurious claims effectively. The Cycling Fallacies website will enable us to spend more of our volunteering time on positively campaigning for change.”

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Highlights of our AGM 2016 (Part 1)

What a buzz on the 12 April at our AGM! We had a fantastic turnout, and a great mix of people showed their support, young and old, long-term friends and new members, many thanks for coming! Here is what happened for those who could not make it and you can catch some photos in our recent flickr stream. Claire Prospert (pictured, on the left, with Mikael Coleville-Andersen and Phillipe Crist ), presented the annual report. Our motto, last year, was Transport Transition. We don’t think that the transport authorities have meaningfully embraced the need and urgency for change. The message to shift[…]

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