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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Road safety week – let’s stop the blame game

Newcastle City Council says it wants more people to cycle and travel more actively. And rightly so! Newcastle has an obesity crisis putting a crushing burden on health/wellbeing services. General inequalities are widening in the city too. Newcastle is becoming more divided. The construction of an inclusive transport system can level the playing field a great deal. So road safety should really not be allowed to drive people off the road. It should be about making the transport system inclusive and safe. Yet, many road and traffic schemes do not comply. Schemes branded cycling schemes repeatedly turn out to be[…]

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