NewCycling Social Evening

Come and join us at the Cycle Hub for our social evening. It’s an informal gathering to discuss what changes are required to reduce carbon emissions from transport. What is the current situation Newcastle, how big is the challenge and what urgent radical steps need to be taken now. First drink on us. All welcome!

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A summary of the AGM 2019

We held our Annual General Meeting on 30 March 2019 at the Commercial Union House in Newcastle. Here is a brief account of what happened for those who couldn’t make it.  The AGM kicked off with the formal business: Claire Prospert, co-founder of NewCycling and Secretary, presented the annual report of activities and John Watson, Treasurer, outlined last year’s account which continued to be very healthy. A very warm thank you to our corporate members, Saddle Skedaddle, the Cycle Hub and Apex Acoustics, our members and those of have donated money to the Campaign – you are awesome! We also agreed the members of[…]

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Auf Wiedersehen Katja, over to you Sally

We are about to embark on a new chapter. Katja Leyendecker, Newcycling’s co-founder and chair since 2010 is moving on, first finishing her PhD and then making her way to Germany where more adventures will, no doubt, follow.  She is leaving us with a well-established and respected campaigning organisation – credit to her determination, passion and strength. Speaking for and writing about everyday cycling, quality urban infrastructure and fairness in transport on radio, TV, social media, at conferences and on other public platforms, holding decision makers, politicians and public authorities in charge of policy and the public purse to account,[…]

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AGM 2018 Part 1

We held our Annual General Meeting on 25 March 2018 at the Jesmond Community Library in Newcastle. It was great to see so many people for the launch of our #city4kids manifesto including and lots of families and children who came for the first time. Many thanks to Ellie for keeping kids busy in the arts and craft room! Here is an account of the formal business of the AGM for those who couldn’t make it.  Claire Prospert, co-founder of NewCycling and Secretary, presented the annual report of activities. Before the winter, we worked with Richard Grassick from Moving Films to produce a[…]

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Bikes on Metro – positive steps taken

At the end of 2017, we wrote to NEXUS to congratulate them about securing government funding for the new Metro train fleet. This is a great opportunity to allow normal cycles on the metro by creating “flexible user space” on the new carriages. We had asked for this in our reply to their consultation. What is happening? The step taken by NEXUS looks encouraging. They told us, that “There will be further engagement between passengers and suppliers as the process develops in which we can explore how this could increase the possibility for people to travel with bikes.”   The[…]

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Women and cycling – what is it to celebrate?

Cycling UK is celebrating a broad range of women in cycling – in this article, Claire, Newcycling’s co-founder and Secretary explains how it exemplifies the conflicting aims of Cycling UK. “I feel very touched to feature in the 100 Women in Cycling, year 2017. And I’m indeed very thankful for the nomination and for Cycling UK to accept it. I’d like to reflect on this recognition and what it means to me. As a woman and as a campaigner, not a “cyclist”. It is hard to explain that even though I cycle everyday, I spend time campaigning for more and[…]

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Can you help Tom?

This is a guest blog by Tom Maskell, a PhD student in Digital Civics at Newcastle University. Tom’s research looks at how technology can help cyclists collect data and make the case for better conditions for cycling. There is an appeal for participants to take part in a trial of our technology, Spokespeople, at the end of the article.  Make yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy the reading! I was well into my twenties before I bought a bike that wasn’t a bmx. I only bought it because one evening in the pub a friend and I decided it[…]

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Highlights of the 2017 AGM (part 2)

Following the business part of the AGM (see part 1), Sally Watson presented the Campaign’s plan for 2017-18 which extends last year’s wish for a comprehensive and firstclass network for the city. Last year, we saw the completion of a two-way cycleway on John Dobson Street; this is the quality infrastructure that we want to see all over the city. We will continue to campaign a mapped-out network plan and for the council to adopt it into their policy. The primary network as we see it conceptually has a 9+2 main routes. This must be complemented by a secondary network connecting[…]

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Chi Onwurah MP’s speech at Newcycling’s 2017 AGM

  “Thank you for the introduction and sorry I was late, delays on the metro, at Jarrow. On Thursday, the day before yesterday, I asked the Undersecretary of State for Transport, I said to him on Saturday I’m going to speak at the Newcastle Cycling Campaign Annual General Meeting, what can I tell the people there about what the government are doing to bring the benefits of cycling to everyone when studies show that the average cyclist is male, white, middle class, under 40, and clad in lycra. Andrew Jones replied “The honourable lady is absolutely right, cycling needs to[…]

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Highlights of the 2017 AGM (part 1)

We held our Annual General Meeting on 1 April 2017 at the Commercial Union House in Newcastle City Centre, a lovely community and artist space managed by Ampersand Inventions. It was very busy from the very start as the room filled with more than 40 members, familiar and new faces too. Many thanks for coming and here is an account of the formal business of the AGM for those who couldn’t make it. For our guest speaker’s speech, Chi Onwurah MP, click here Claire Prospert, co-founder of NewCycling and Secretary, presented the annual report of activities. Last year was a roller coaster, a year of[…]

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