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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Our response to Newcastle City Council’s delivery plan

We value this honest and critical assessment, but do not recognise the strong solutions that the assessment requires in order to improve Newcastle’s future. We must point the council, again, to the messages from Philippe Crist OECD, highlighting the link between a liveable city and good quality jobs. In order to get businesses thriving and a productive and satisfied workforce, our city’s spaces have to be adapted to solutions of the 21st Century. Citizens must be equitably able to access the places of commerce, civic care and leisure. Given the constraints in natural resources and increasing climate chaos, the human[…]

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Draft campaign priorities for 2017/18

As in previous years we will concentrate on the political and institutional barriers to building cycling into Newcastle. Leading on from last year, we will continue to campaign for a network to be mapped out in council policy. We will present the draft campaign plan at our AGM and welcome a discussion with our members before finalising our plans for the year. Priorities we have identified are: Mapping the future Again we will focus on Strategic Cycle Routes and creating a good quality cycle network for Newcastle, and connecting into neighbouring authorities. We want to see the cycle network put on the map and[…]

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Newcastle – a working city?

Our city has strong working class and labour roots. Coming from the mining, steel and shipbuilding industries, we are of solid stock and history. We, at Newcycling, believe that is something to be rather proud of and should be celebrated much more than is currently done. We also must forge this heritage into a future for Newcastle. With this history in mind it is surprising however that our transport system does not cater much better for its working citizens, job seekers, school, college and university goers and the older population. Instead, the council, through using old-fashioned approaches to city planning,[…]

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Council Budget 2017/18 consultation – our reply

Dear Nick and Ged (cc Graham Grant) Our response to the Newcastle Budget 2017-18 will be short and based on previous years’ responses covering the budget periods 2013/16, 2015/16, and 2016/17. We have consistently asked for the Council to prioritise sustainable transport infrastructure and deploy resources accordingly. We still have to see a clear transition from investment into roads and motorised traffic to walking & cycling and public transport. Too often, the Council sends conflicting messages: supporting plans for additional car parking while building quality cycling cycleways in the city centre. How would people react to this, and how would[…]

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Blue House Roundabout and Jesmond Dene Road – where is the cycling?

A public outcry in response to their Blue House roundabout plans forced Newcastle Council to go back to the drawing board. To the council’s credit they have gone back to basics. Newcastle council invited local groups to discuss what should happen here, and to discuss the impact these decisions will have on a future Newcastle. A representative from the newcyling’s Committee has attended all of the Blue House roundabout working group meetings – this is five meetings to date. A number of designs have been examined (see www.bluehousegroup.org) and they have prompted lengthy discussions. The case for change Although the groups agree that the council[…]

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Our chair speaks at APPCG

In front of MPs, Katja spoke at a All-Party Parliamentary group meeting in London. On 29 November 2016 our chair attended the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group meeting. Her message was one of inclusion and empathy – as well as money and design. The slides are below. Katja leyendecker – presentation to APPCG 29 Dec 2016 from Northumbria University

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Our response to urban congestion inquiry

This is a written response from newcycling.org to the urban congestion inquiry We are a constituted organisation entirely run by volunteers. We formed in 2010 to address economic, social and spatial inequalities in the transport system and to lobby Newcastle council for decent cycling infrastructure. Our organisation has 1,600 local members. We submit this response on behalf of our membership. Our response We agree that traffic congestion is a serious problem that must be solved However the current way congestion is addressed, institutionally and technically, is not right A lot of things are done in the name of congestion relief.[…]

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Public statement: Brandling Park

People travelling into Newcastle from Jesmond, Gosforth and further afield will have noticed that the construction works have now started on Brandling Park. This follows a physical trial at the junction with Clayton Road a few months back. It is not unfair to state we think, that there is more than a real chance of the money not being used to the best, or even a good, effect. A sum of over £100,000 is thrown at the construction phase. Newcastle City Council has been working, on and off, on the design and consultation for options on Brandling Park for the[…]

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