Beauty and the Bike – What Happened Next?

At NewCycling we have always been a big fan of Beauty and the Bike, the first UK documentary with a campaigning message about the importance of cycling infrastructure directed at politicians. We screened it for the first time in 2011 in Newcastle, and the message is still super relevant. Here we asked Richard Grassick and Beatrix Wupperman, Beauty and the Bike’s Directors, to tell us what happened since it all started in Darlington in 2008. Oh and to celebrate the 10th anniversary, there will be a screening of the film at The Forum in Darlington on Monday September 17th, 7pm. Organised[…]

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Eye-popping realities – pedalling with kids

This post was originally published in 2015 here, but we think it is very relevant to #city4kids. It introduces a book that was written 30 years ago. The findings are still important to this day if we want a city with that kind of urban design and planning that values the next generation now growing up. It’s not for the first time, and I have a feeling it will neither be for the last, that I heard a mother describe the following to me: “I cycle along with my 10-year old on Percy Street (relatively busy city centre road), when[…]

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AGM 2018 Part 2 – City4kids

At our AGM, Sally set out the context for our City4kids campaign. Back in 2015, as part of the Cycling City Ambition Fund (CCAF) bid, Newcastle City Council illustrated the impact of infrastructure improvements by using cartoons showing people’s new motivations and potential change. The CCAF cartoon character is called Susie from Jesmond. She is a young mum who drives her kids to school but doesn’t particularly enjoy the experience. Through community events words spread, and she learns that changes are going to happen in her neighbourhood: protected bike lanes will be installed, and the local high street (Acorn Road)[…]

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Launched at AGM – city4kids manifesto

Background: the city4kids manifesto was launched at the AGM on the 25 March 2018. It will form the cornerstone to our campaigning activities over the next year. A pdf version can be found here: city4kids_manifesto. Watch out in the coming weeks for further information, action items and more. If you would like to support the city4kids manifesto do get in touch to discuss your involvement and collaboration. We are especially interested, of course, in working with Newcastle Councillors and fellow civic society groups. city4kids manifesto So that children and parents can travel in safety and comfort Newcastle Council policy highlights[…]

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Space for Heaton

Meet the newly formed SPACE for Heaton (www.spaceforheaton.com). This short video is an introduction and a call to arms for all residents of the Heaton/High Heaton area who are interested in joining the new community group campaigning for a better environment for all. You can sign up to get news and updates on their website. Hold the Oscars. SPACE for Heaton *THE MOVIE* is here… Hold the Oscars. SPACE for Heaton *THE MOVIE* is here… pic.twitter.com/iyp9D1vv72 — SPACE for Heaton (@SPACEforHeaton) February 12, 2018  

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Our partners – Beauty and the Bike

Why do British girls stop cycling? When in cycling-friendly countries the bicycle is a central part of life for most young women. Beauty and the Bike aims to show why – and work with cycling advocates around the world to make urban cycling attractive. You may recall that we recently had the chance to work with Richard Grassick – the filmmaker behind the Beauty and the Bike camera. The product of our cooperation is this short film about Newcycling, its people and their dreams and wishes for the city of Newcastle https://newcycling.org/video-who-we-are-and-what-we-do/ A short introduction to Beauty and the Bike[…]

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Video : Who we are and what we do

Over the summer we have been working with Richard Grassick of Moving Films, to assemble a collage of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign. In this short video, Claire, Scott and Sally are talking about their personal experiences, outlining campaigning challenges and ideas about Newcastle’s transport future and beyond. Newcastle Cycling Campaign from Moving Films on Vimeo.

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Our patron Christian Wolmar on Cycling and Labour

Starting in 2014, Christian Wolmar has been our patron. Previously Christian wrote to Cllr Nick Forbes to inform Newcastle Labour leadership about the possibilities and mechanisms of change, citing the example of London’s new and convenient cycleways. Back in August Christian wrote about how cycling is a Labour cause. He now is on an extended mission: calling on the solidarity of local and national Labour to debate fairness and cycling in urban design. Read on below. The original article was published on https://labourlist.org/2017/12/christian-wolmar-bikes-are-not-just-for-the-middle-classes-this-is-why-we-set-up-labour-cycles/ Christian Wolmar: Bikes are not just for the middle classes – this is why we set up[…]

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The school run: ‘We are not welcome here’

Armelle is a campaign member who has previously reported on cycling in Copenhagen, in Denmark, and Nantes and Bondy in France. Here, she describes her new school run and explains, while there are some things to enjoy, our streets are not designed for cycling families. Having just moved to South Gosforth, we are now enjoying the most stunning cycle ride from home to school, with lots of trees and bird song on the way. I am so happy to no longer have to take Tankerville Terrace to go West Jesmond Primary, where drivers champion the 3-point turn and double yellow line[…]

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Bike Life report 2017 – the people have spoken

The people of Newcastle have spoken: “74% of residents support building more protected roadside cycle lanes, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic”   What more does the Council need to hear to build protected cycleways? For the second time, the survey shows overwhelming support for dedicated space for cycling over road space for cars. The general population again made their voice heard. These statistics come at no surprise, as 42% of Newcastle households do not even have a car, and car ownership does not preclude Newcastle citizens demanding better space efficiency, cleaner air and urban environments for all. Cycle[…]

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