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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NEXUS consultation on new metrocar fleet design – our reply

Newcycling has replied to Nexus consultation on the new Metrocar fleet design.  Individuals can reply online up until the 2 December 2016 – your chance to also ask for a 21st Century design which meets future needs and allows normal bikes on metro: http://www.nexus.org.uk/consultation/item/tell-us-your-views-interior-design-future-metrocars “Dear Tobyn We are delighted to note the consultation for design of the new metro cars. We welcome this. However the online form is not really suitable for use of interest groups, due to the many personal preference questions in the survey. Hence us writing this email to you, I hope you don’t mind. Please could you[…]

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Call for donations – Grow your Tenner 2016

It’s Grow Your Tenner time again! The “double-your-donation” match-funding scheme opens at 10am on Tuesday 18 October and runs until 5pm Thursday  17 November 2016, or until the funding pot runs out – whichever comes first. Last year match-funding ran out after just 11 days and we’re expecting the same to happen again this year.  So if you’d like to participate please mark your calendars now and act promptly! We will send you a wee reminder on the day, just in case. Last year we raised an impressive £620 and this year, with your help, we want to raise even[…]

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Thumbs up to North Tyneside Cycling Campaign

Our sister Campaign in North Tyneside has been getting organised over the last few months and to kickstart a campaign focused on the borough has launched a 2016 Petition: “We believe that North Tyneside needs to do more to make using a bike for short trips the obvious, safe, and convenient choice for its residents. Fundamentally, this means building a network of cycle routes across the borough which are suitable for all from age 8-88 years old, and connect residential areas, town centres, and major centres of employment.”   Sign here: https://northtynesidecyclecampaign.wordpress.com/   A local resident explains: “I run a business[…]

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Highlights of our AGM (Part 2)

This is the account of the second part of our AGM 2016 where we gave the floor to two speakers: firstly Cllr Ged Bell from Newcastle City Council and then Paul Gasson from Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign. Speeches were followed by a panel debate about bikelash and how to work together through change. We’d like to thank the speakers, panelists, and all the members who came to our AGM – to another year of campaigning for a better city! Le local politician Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet member and portfolio holder for Investment and Development at Newcastle City Council, made clear that[…]

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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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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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Recyke Y’Bike is looking for a new General Manager

Recyke y’bike – Charity, Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company Main Office – Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne Job Purpose: To manage the operation and development of Recyke Y’Bike in line with its business plan, while maintaining its ethos and environmental vision. This is an opportunity for a committed manager to build on our recent achievements and help Trustees steer the charity through a crucial and exciting period in its development. Recyke y’ bike is a highly successful charity and social enterprise which has grown steadily over its 10 years of operation to play a key role in sustainable transport in[…]

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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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