Our campaign – 5 years in 15 minutes

Claire Prospert, our Secretary and co-founder, was invited to speak at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences. You can listen to her enlightening talk summarising 5-years of campaigning in 15 minutes here (whereas the full day including other talks by speakers from academia and activism is documented here). Claire reminded us that we are a young and fresh campaign, only five years old, and that we have always kept a good campaigning focus on improving urban design and road engineering. She finishes on four thoughts for the future. Listen to Claire’s talk here Our Secretary says “We put cycling on the political agenda”. We articulated a case for cycling infrastructure like[…]

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ESRC Academia & Advocacy debate

Presentations Rachel Aldred keynote no slides || recording Geoff Vigar “Where are we at in academia with cycling. What do we know?” slides || recording Kevin Hickman “What does designing for inclusive cycling mean?” slides || recording Christian Wolmar Intro to afternnoon session no slides || recording Sally Hinchcliffe “How cycle bloggers shifted mountains” slides || recording || transcript via CEoGB Rachel Aldred “Gaps in research and evidence – what don’t we know?” no slides || recording Claire Prospert “newcycling – a focussed campaign” slides || recording Storify including (grainy) photos (thanks to Jitensha Oni for collating) here Event photos. If you have any event photos, please let us know. Access to research. Laura J. Wilkinson created this document[…]

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We know exactly what we want: a fairer city for all

Our quest for a better Newcastle continues. Standing up and providing the voice for a fairer city with a functioning multimodal transport system and a diverse cycling future for all ages and abilities is what newcycling advocates for. Some, a minority, still do not appreciate that this is quite different from speaking up on behalf of the current cyclist. Politicians and other thought leaders, journalists too, frequently get it wrong. They are clearly compartmentalising and simplifying, but why? For some… it’s tactical – it’s easier that way. It allows them to sidestep a citywide campaign for a better transport system.[…]

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Letter from the Leader – Cllr Nick Forbes

On 16 March 2015 we received a reply from Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, in response to our needs assessment dated 30 November 2014. We say a big Thank-you to Nick, and over the coming weeks we will digest and analyse his reply so we can understand where we are at with cycling in Newcastle, the political determination and policy implementation of building in space for cycling into our city. Dear Katja, New Cycling, May I start by saying how much I appreciate your efforts to promote cycling and help make it an easy option for people. The work you put in as volunteers at[…]

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DRAFT Campaign Plan – priorities 2015/16

In the run up to the AGM we are again pulling together our campaign plan for the coming year. This is so we can organise our volunteer resources by agreeing, prioritising and tackling the important bits that need doing – keeping us transparent and our message clear. As before we will concentrate on the political and institutional barriers to building cycling into Newcastle. The campaign plan below is in a draft format. At the AGM its contents and rationale will be outlined and discussed with our members. We have identified four areas that need immediate attention: 1) Talking about the[…]

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Letter to Eugene Milne – Public Health

Professor Eugene Milne Director of Public Health Newcastle Newcastle Civic Centre NE1 8QH Dear Professor Milne, We read with interest the article including your comment in the Chronicle http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/cycle-campaigner-skeptical-over-newcastles-8545887. We wrote to your predecessor in 2012 making the case for public health’s involvement with improving cycling conditions in Newcastle, asking for a meeting. We received no reply. We have since written to Councillor Forbes. https://newcycling.org/going-public-health It seems timely to perhaps restart the previously begun public health conversation. In particular, we would like to make you aware of NICE ph8 http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/PH8 and ‘The Energy Glut’ both which make strong recommendations to address adverse urban environments[…]

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Campaign group – Infrastructure team

We are getting seriously organised. Over the last few months the Committee has looked at our organisation, and given it some added ‘structural stability’ to accommodate the growing demands on a growing Campaign. This was particularly necessary as more and more people wanted to be involved, making it a specially good time to be clearer about how we do things and how we are organised. We reported here and here. One of the big Committee groups is the Infrastructure team. To welcome new people to cycling, we must first change our city’s roads to get down to a human scale[…]

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Our new structure – teams

Vitally, our campaign activities focus on decision makers and inspiring, educating and engaging them, so that they can take informed action. Understandably, as for individual’s involvement with the campaign, this is not everyone’s cup of tea and neither is it all that we do. If political campaigning and lobbying is your thing, consider joining the Committee. If it isn’t, fret not – there’s still loads that needs doing – some of it is of a  technical nature (website, cycle infrastructure design), some organisational (running a community interest group). In November we showed you a quick and easy chart outlining the[…]

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Short changing city’s future

Sally Brown nails it. Where’s the sense in all this? So much talking and reporting, so little sense or action. If one thing was continuous in 2014, it wasn’t Newcastle’s comfortable cycleways, but rather their absence. Newcastle’s cycleway construction is still lacking progress and, more worryingly for cycling safety, attention to detail. And that with a bigger backdrop of climate change and carbon emissions, public health endemics and squeezed economies. What must we do to finally see some ingenuity and enlightenment? Where is our pioneering spirit that Newcastle is so famous for? Letter to Cllr Nick Forbes So we have knuckled[…]

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Structuring the campaign

Under this year’s motto “Shifting Up A Gear” we started growing the Campaign as well as started looking at the growing demands of the Campaign. It’s fantastic to see us steadily expanding – after all, it means we have a louder and more concerted voice that can be translated into more influence. However this also means that we have to keep an eye on our organisational needs and make sure our structures support this as best as can. The Committee meeting held on 4 November 2014 formally approved an aspirational Committee structure. We also said that we want to be an active committee – never a “talking shop” – with its members taking on roles and tasks.[…]

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