SCR Infra Safari – SCR7 Walker

We are cycling the Strategic Cycle Routes (SCRs). This year’s dates are listed below. All dates have been set for Saturdays, and we hope you can join us. We will meet at Civic Centre, Ceremonial Way, at 10:00am. Each tour should not take longer than three hours. Join us for all or parts of it, or meet us afterwards for a coffee. Please email us newcastle.cycling.campaign@gmail.com if you are coming so that we get an idea about numbers before the ride. 14 June – SCR 4 – Gosforth 12 July – SCR 1 – Newburn 9 August – SCR 6[…]

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Space for Cycling 2014 – Political party statements

This is part of the Space for Cycling initiative. Read more here The Green Party : Just like Copenhagen began its change to bicycles in the 1970s and now even in the winter 34% of commuter trips are by bicycle, we have that vision for Newcastle, a place for people. We want new ways of getting around, towns and cities not suffocated by the tide of traffic but ones where walking is really pleasant, cycling fun, public transit efficient and affordable, and where electric vehicles take the remaining strain. We will tackle road danger to create a better environment to[…]

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Newcastle City Futures – SAPL

A series of events organised by the Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL). Katja Leyendecker will speak about city-wide planning methods for sustainable transport. Please see attached (below) the finalised events leaflet for the Newcastle City Futures: People, Place, Change exhibition and events series. Join on twitter at @NewcastleSAPL #cityfutures and at the Newcastle City Futures blog: https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/cityfutures/ #cityfutures: Building a transport system for a sustainable future (Katja Leyendecker) from Katsdekker Here’s David Marshall’s aka @spatialsyndave account of the event: The Sustainable Transport event was presented by Katja Leyendecker, chair of Newcastle Cycling Campaign and a Chartered[…]

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Management Committee Meeting

Following the excellent, energetic and energising AGM, we will discuss opening up the Committee meetings to members – the frequency, locations and format of the previously held Quarterly Members Meetings may change. Check the events section for public members meetings. This time we are joined by Cllr Ged Bell (cabinet) and Cllr Marion Talbot (cycle champion) to discuss the outlook for cycling improvements in Newcastle, and what can be expected to happen in 2014/15. There is a bit of ground to break and gaps to bridge. We are welcoming Ged’s and Marion’s offer to meet the Committee as there is[…]

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Meeting the force

Members of the Management Committee are meeting with the Police Liaison Officer to discuss how we could work with the police and vice versa to understand and tackle cycling problems and concerns. Our members told us what they want to see from the police, and we took that to the Police and Crime Comissioner. Read the background and history here: Our letter https://newcycling.org/sites/default/files/2012_PCCcands_Oct.pdf Vera Baird PCC reply https://newcycling.org/news/20121009/pcc-candidate-vera-baird-lab-outlines

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Still ambitious chaos

You remember the Cycle City Ambition Fund? Maybe not? And you’d be forgiven, as the council keeps strangely quiet about it in its communications, newsletters and updates to residents. Why is that? Why do they find it so hard to communicate their ambitious transformation to a city fit for people? Is it too ambitious and they are hesitant and uncertain where to start? Or do they simply not see the value in shouting it from all roof tops? The story began last year. In April 2013 we, amongst many other groups, full-heartedly supported Newcastle’s ambition to transform its roads and[…]

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Great North Road plans – in detail

We reported to you about council plans for Great North Road. The same principles still stand, you can read about it here. We had asked council for a meeting and clarification and there was no interest expressed by them to engage with us. This meant, after a period of waiting for a sign of cooperation, that we felt obliged to object to the scheme as it stands despite some good elements of it. Let’s remind ourselves again, that Great North Road is part of council’s plan to create seven Strategic Cycle Routes, which we took to mean that design on[…]

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Great North Road – council planning

Two stretches of the Great North Road seem set to get a ‘hybrid cycle lane’ – that’s space separated from traffic. The separation method is still under debate and we hope to be involved in these discussions. All that is good. But as for every route, the proof is in the route continuity and space clarity. And here is where we are let down again by our council. The Cycle City Ambition may have started to crumble. Funding is complex So. Newcastle City Council has released plans for Gosforth’s Great North Road (GNR) – section Broadway in the North, down[…]

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Quick reflection on 2013

Another year’s just swooshed past. It was little more graceful than the years before, with similar campaigning aspects persisting to stick around, impossible for us to strike them off the list (yet). In early 2013, here it suddenly was, the money. Previously oft-cited by council as the reason for inaction. And a two-year works programme too. To create the main ask for us, more space for cycling, Newcastle had been awarded £6m to do exactly that through the Cycle City Ambition Fund. Roadspace reallocation projects galore we have been promised. There has been much talk, many meetings yet no actual[…]

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youReport – and the winner is

At the start of the holiday season we asked you to snap away. And you did! And with amazing energy too. Media picked up our press release too. Chronicle, Journal, JesmondLocal, and Cycling Weekly – all had a mention of our youReport initiative. So, end of the season, these are the reports we received from you (listed in alphabetical order) View youReport in a larger map Amsterdam : where bike is king Assen : bicycle priority Assen, Drenthe : Hembrow holidays Barcelona : pleasing pedal Berlin : Cycling city Bilbao : culture and cycling Brunswick / Braunschweig : contraflows Bremen[…]

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