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Streets For People – general comment

Newcastle citizens may have noticed. Over the last few months, Newcastle council ran a Streets for People project. Through local engagement efforts and specialist consultants, neighbourhood streets were critically assessed, and changes debated in three areas: Jesmond, Heaton/Ouseburn and Fenham/Arthur’s Hill. Yes, we like to see more local engagement and expert assistance, however this does not distract from the current situation: Newcastle seemingly does not have a movement plan for its neighourhoods or its city road network. Lacking such a plan, it will remain difficult for us to comment on any scheme, as it essentially sits floating in a vacuum[…]

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Response to Draft transport accessibility action plan

This is a written response from newcycling.org to the “Draft transport accessibility action plan” – external link https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-transport-accessibility-action-plan We are a constituted organisation entirely run by volunteers. We formed in 2010 to address economic, social and spatial inequalities in the local transport system. We lobby Newcastle council for inclusive cycling infrastructure. Our organisation has 1,600 local members. We submit this response on behalf of our membership in line with our constitution and policies. We agree that the DfT’s advice on cycling infrastructure design must be updated. We do not however believe that a refresh of current guidance is sufficient at[…]

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Freedom for my child – Jo’s story

Over the coming month #City4Kids is our focus – Newcastle Council are worried about families and young people leaving our city and with good reason too. Our politicians must start thinking about families, and start talking about what the city should offer to our young people. We have to ask. What is it like to grow up in Newcastle as a young person? What is it like to bring up children here? Jo Ellis, one of our members, came to our last campaign social evening with her newborn son. Here are her thoughts: The last time I was on a[…]

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Our call for donations – Grow Your Tenner 2017

October means it’s Grow Your Tenner time again! The “double-your-donation” match-funding scheme opens at 10am on Tuesday 17 October and runs until midday on Thursday 17 November, or until the funding pot runs out – whichever comes first. Last year we raised over £1,500 and this year, with your help, we hope to raise even more! If you’d like to participate please mark Tuesday 16 October in your calendar now. However, we will remind you on the day, just in case. To donate,
simply go to https://localgiving.com/charity/newcycling and please don’t forget to register for gift aid to make your donation go even further.[…]

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City4Kids – Newcastle’s future

Newcastle Council are worried about families and young people leaving our city and with good reason too (see quotes from the Local Plan at end of this article). To address this problem, Newcastle needs to put younger generations at the heart of future plans. We believe that politics in Newcastle must change. Our politicians must start thinking about young families, and start talking about what the city should offer to our young people. This is our City4Kids initiative. What is it like to grow up in Newcastle as a young person? What is it like to bring up children here?[…]

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Our response to the Highways England A1 Consultation

In August 2017, we responded to the online Highways England A1 (between Scotswood and North Brunton) consultation and expressed our strong disagreement with the proposal and its complete lack of consideration for cycling and walking. About the scheme To what extent do you agree, or disagree, with the need for improvements on the A1 between Scotswood and North Brunton? Strongly disagree I support the proposed improvement option for the A1 between Scotswood and North Brunton. Strongly disagree Please provide more details on why you are in support, or not in support, of this option.: The widening of A1 will in the[…]

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Our input into the North East Cycling and Walking Strategy

The North East Combined Authority has commissioned SYSTRA consultants in June/July 2017 to develop a cycling and walking strategy and implementation plan for the North East region to support the emerging Local Transport Plan. This is the reply we gave to the set of consultation questions: What should be the collective vision for cycling and walking in the NE? To create more liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods across the North East. To significantly increase the modal share of journeys that are walked and cycled in the North East and reduce the modal share of private motor journeys. For cycling and walking[…]

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‘Near misses: The fundamental issue is not drivers, but road design’ says NewCycling

Evening Chronicle (19 August 2017) – The Co-chair of NewCycling, Katja Leyendecker explains that near misses and ‘close shaves’ experienced by cyclists on a daily basis are not all down to drivers’ bad behaviour, it’s the road design and the built environment that is to blame. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/heart-mouth-head-cam-footage-13495061

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Our patron Christian Wolmar on transport cycling and politics

Since 2014 Christian has been our Campaign’s patron. Last year, as part of his role, he wrote to Cllr Nick Forbes to inform Newcastle Labour leadership about the possibilities and mechanisms of change, citing the example of London. We are grateful for Christian’s continued help and activism. The following article originally appeared on https://labourlist.org/2017/08/christian-wolmar-we-know-it-makes-sense-cycling-must-become-a-key-part-of-labours-thinking-and-transport-policy/ Christian Wolmar: We know it makes sense — cycling must become a key part of Labour’s thinking and transport policy One of areas where the Labour manifesto needs improvement is transport. It is rarely a frontline area at election time, and although the nationalisation of the[…]

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Introducing the campaign to the new cabinet councillor

Dear Cllr Ainsley Congratulations on your appointment to cabinet from all of the newcycling committee. In advance of meeting with you in person, we would like to take the opportunity to share some information about the campaign and its membership. Newcycling is a constituted community group, formed in 2010 and has over 1,600 registered members. We lobby, campaign and inform Newcastle decision makers to include cycling infrastructure in their city plans for our sustainable future. Research is clear, including cycleways grows a better local economy, improves public health and makes Newcastle a more attractive place to live and work. You[…]

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