June 2023 Newsletter

Summer Meet Up

In July Sally Watson, former Cycle Campaign chair, will be give a presentation on the best of this year’s Cycle County Active County conference, which is taking place in Oxfordshire in early July. The annual conference (previously known as Cycle City when held in Newcastle in 2015) is supported by the Department for Transport as its annual active travel summit and billed as Europe’s largest annual gathering of cycling and walking professionals.

Sally will be sharing some of the highlights of this year’s conference and talking about the latest thinking from Active Travel England and other agencies and campaigns from around the country.

Afterwards there will be plenty of time to talk to other members and find out what’s going on around the city.

The talk will take place on the 19th July at The Trent House, 1-2 Leazes Ln, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4QT. The Trent House is 5 minutes’ walk from Haymarket and St James Metro stations and Haymarket Bus Station, and there’s plenty of railings outside for locking bikes to.

The event starts at 6:30pm, is free to attend for Campaign members, and your first glass of wine, pint of beer or soft drink is free.

If you’d like to join us please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cycle-county-active-county-review-and-summer-social-tickets-661860712207

New committee finalised

Following on from the AGM earlier in the year the new committee has now met and roles for the year ahead have been assigned.

ChairLindsey Davey
TreasurerJohn Watson
SecretaryMark Nelson
Infrastructure LeadScott Dawson

The committee has been busy organising the next event for the campaign, as well as assessing and responding to some recent planning applications that have cycling infrastructure included. Additionally the committee has keeping a watchful eye on recent changes in Heaton and Jesmond and recent announcements for upcoming schemes announced recently for Elswick and Pilgrim Street.

July Social Ride

After successful rides about Heaton, Jesmond and Gosforth Campaign Chair and Social Ride organiser Lindsay is busy exploring safe and quite routes around the city for July’s ride.

The next ride will be happening on Friday the 14th July, will start at the Civic Centre at 6:30pm.

If you’d like to join the ride, meet on Ceremonial Way, outside the Civic Centre for 6:30pm. For the latest updates follow Newcastle Cycle Social on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NclSocRide

Volunteers Needed

During the summer our friends at Recyke y’bike are starting a new project called the Bike book Swap in Byker, Heaton and Walker. For an hour almost each Saturday between July and September, they will take a mobile library of donated books and board games to different streets in these neighborhoods, letting people take what they want and leave what they no longer need. They hope to turn streets into places of encounter and conviviality, and to create a sense of wonder among children who have endured a few difficult years of pandemic and cost-of-living crisis.

They are looking for volunteers who can meet them at the Recyke HQ on Brinkburn Street, ride with the stall to the different locations and help distribute the books and games. Each session will take 1 hour.

The times volunteers are needed are:

July 8th, 2:30-3:30pmRaby Street, Felton Walk
July 29th, 2:30-3:30pm3rd to 7th Avenues off Chillingham Road
August 5, 2:30-3:30pmAyton Street, Clifford Road, Bolam Street
August 12, 2:30-3:30pmBolingbroke Street, Malcolm Street, Heaton Grove
August 19, 2:30-3:30pmPriory Green, Raby Street
August 26, 2:30-3:30pmMailing Street, Byker Bank
September 2, 2:30-3:30pmMoorland Crescent, Vallum Road

If you’d like to help, start by filling in the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3KQp75yWCU2kCl7BuPqXiMOekOnjRtNxuuH93LgvnvWTz9g/viewform or contact Recyke y’bike at https://www.recyke.bike/support-us/