A Brown weasel

Political engagement is a very important aspect of our Campaign. Informing our policy- and decision-makers about our ‘asks, wants and needs’ is vital. Its their support that can bring about the sea change needed to plough the way for a liveable Newcastle with cycling designed in. So, thanks for everyone who wrote to Nick Brown MP this month! Newcastle splits into three parliamentary constituencies. Earlier on this month we asked our members in the Newcastle East constituency of Nick Brown MP to write to him. A parliamentary debate on cycling was to take place and there were two simple questions[…]

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Chair’s half-year marker

Here we are – half way through our campaign year, which prompted me to have a look at our Campaign Plan agreed at AGM. I got to say: I am impressed with the focus we have managed to keep so far. Membership engagement We’ve been doing what we said we would do. Delivering the Space for Cycling campaign to your (and the Councillors’) doorstep, making a bell-ringing noise at our rides attended by hundreds, organising cycle infra safaris (four out of seven this year), directing members towards CycleScape to engage online, and record comments for future reference. And much, much[…]

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Civic Cycle Ride reflections

And with your help, we did it again! Events like our Civic Cycle Ride are a massive undertaking to put on the road. A huge thank you to Peter and Claire and the sea of volunteers, Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council staff to make it happen again – following the Big Toon Ride in May – so expertly and safely. Every one of us, who joined in – young, new, old, big and small – made it a reality and made it into the pedal-positive event we were so lucky to experience yesterday. Thank you! The sun was smiling[…]

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We say So Long to the Newcastle Cycling Forum

As a matter of routine, we regularly assess our communication channels with the decision-makers at Newcastle council. We want to use and direct our volunteer time and resources where we can make a difference and where it has the best effect. As a consequence we have pulled out of the Newcastle Cycling Forum. In a recent Campaign Management Committee we focussed on discussing the achievements of the council’s Cycling Forum and the unshifting relationship between the forum and the campaign. As a community group with a good track record of reliability, transparency, consistency in our message, high degree of professionalism and[…]

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CSS2014 – infra safari

As part of the Cycling & Society Symposium we are organising a cycle infrastructure safari along the planned SCR4 Gosforth, for a detailed route click here. We will meet outside Newcastle Civic Centre, Ceremonial Way, NE1 8PP, for a 15:30 start. Bring a bike! For those who would like to hire a bicycle during their stay, the Cycle Hub has kindly offered a discounted rate. Please contact them directly and mention that you are a C&S symposium participant to get your discount. Contact newcastle.cycling.campaign@gmail.com Background to the route Newcastle’s ten-year plan is to create the full set of all seven[…]

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Political support mapped

LATEST WARD MAP WILL BE POSTED HERE No doubt you remember Space for Cycling and our Big Toon Ride, so after all that… we thought we better give you a quick update. We previously reported via a press release that we did fantastically well nationally – Newcastle showing the highest support rate outside London. But how does it look locally, on ward level? We have crunched the numbers for you and here’s a quick visualisation too. At the time of writing (last updated 8 August 2014), we have 40 Councillors in support for Space for Cycling. This is 51% of[…]

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Clean air – the key to a healthy city?

This Lecture is free (please register) and aims to raise awareness of the problems we all face in trying to improve the air we breathe and help us understand how we can improve the lives and health of all who live and work in the City. We are delighted to present such excellent speakers who will help us understand that choosing sustainable forms of transport has a positive impact on our health and well-being whilst at the same time reduces our personal impact upon air quality. Speakers: Professor Eugene Milne is a Director of Public Health for Newcastle City Council,[…]

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Correction of Liberal Democrat Focus leaflet smear

As active stakeholders and participants in the Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF) bid we wish to correct the North Jesmond’s Liberal Democrats statement on Acorn Road plans. Their political outlet, the Focus newsletter, broke the cross-party support and trust that council plans should have enjoyed. It was also factually incorrect and scaremongering. The essential points of the CCAF are that its designs and plans benefit pedestrians and cyclists and act as a catalyst for future human scale developments and improvements for everyone in the area by creating better street environments. Cities in the UK and Europe which have introduced such[…]

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Space4Cycling campaigners conference / workshop day (national)

The workshop material from the day is found here [html] Katja’s workshop was mythbusting / campaigning styles. You can read it here [pdf] The day will include workshops on: – Protected space and decent junctions – Press and social media skills – Removing through traffic – How Councils work – and how to get them to listen – Liveable Town Centres – Vision and Visualisations – 20mph and lower speed limits – Mythbusting and Rebuttals Plus Plenary sessions from experienced cycle campaigners from around the country. Reason to come to the Conference: – to find out how you can use[…]

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