Requesting party statements 2016

Received highlighting the problems of perpetual growth in a finite world making us aware of the progress that’s been made and assuring us of continued commitment outlining a largely supportive position, as well as explaining some limitations and reservations Awaiting   Like previous years, we have again written to political parties to inquire about their commitment and plans for sustainable transport, active travel and cycling infrastructure. Ahead of the local election and seamlessly building on Newcastle’s Cycle Manifesto and the highly supported Space for Cycling initiative, we specifically asked the political parties for their feedback on these points 1.Mode share[…]

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Our response to DfT’s CWIS

Dear Mr McLoughlin MP Dear Mr Goodwill MP This is a response from newcycling.org to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) and is addressed to you as the signatories of the document. Newcycling.org is 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 for decent cycling infrastructure for Newcastle council and linking into the surrounding transport authorities. Our organisation has over 1,600 local members. We submit this response on behalf of our membership. Key points Totally unacceptable strategy: NO steady budget stream NO[…]

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Annual report now online

Full report here [pdf] Chair’s foreword Another year has passed – but really, just another year that strongly consolidated our verdicts and justified our stance and actions. It’s clear to me that we must keep pointing out the obvious to the council. The politicians have good intentions, but I am not convinced that the Newcastle City Council’s chief executive understands the urgency and significance of the task in hand: to modernise council structures, budgets and communications for a smooth transport transition. Ending our current campaign year of informing about the transport transition – yes, more people cycling is also better[…]

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NECA response – transport manifesto

Dear NECA board Dear Cllr Forbes (NECA transport lead) This is a response from newcycling.org. We are a constituted organisation entirely run by volunteers. We formed in 2010 to address social and spatial inequalities in the transport system and lobby for world-class cycling infrastructure for Newcastle and surrounding local transport authorities. We have 1,600 members and respond on behalf of our membership. Key points Mapping a first class cycle network and putting it in policy and implementation plans, agree design standards More and clearer focus on sustainable transport (including an integrated transport system and approach, through regional spatial management, road[…]

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Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF)

External link to council CCAF webpage here CCAF1 Importance: it contains a ten year programme List of appendices Appendix 1 – Maps Appendix 2 – Partners Appendix 3 – Appraisal summary Appendix 4 – Route users Appendix 5 – Users journeys Appendix 6 – Cost breakdown Appendix 7 – Letters of support Appendix 8 – Scheme impacts proforma Appendix 9 – Economic appraisal Appendix 10 – Assurance Appendix 11 – Detailed project plan Appendix 12 – Governance Appendix 13 – Risk management strategy Appendix 14 – Stakeholder analysis Appendix 15 – Communications plans Appendix 16 – Integrated assurance and approval[…]

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One Core Plan (the local plan)

External link to the council’s One Core pages here Excerpts Strategic Objective 8: Improve sustainable access to, within and around the Urban Core by promoting fast and direct public transport links to the heart of the Urban Core, increasing walking and cycling and minimising through traffic Delivered through policies CS1, 2, 13 (strategies policies) UC5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (Urban Core policies) NC1, 2 (Newcastle Central sub-area policies) C1, 2 (civic sub-area policies) D1, 2, 3 (Discovery sub-area policies) QO1 (Newcastle Quayside and Ouseburn sub-area) SG1, 2, 3 (Gateshead southern sub-areas) QB1, 2, 3 (Gateshead Quay sub-area) GC1,[…]

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For the first time in their 40 year history

We congratulate Nexus/Metro on their decision to run an operational trial for full-sized cycles on Metro trains. This means for the first time in their 40 year history, cycles will be allowed on carriages. “The trail (sic) will begin on 4 April, between Callerton Parkway and Jesmond stations, with trains able to carry up to two bikes (one in each Metrocar) between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday. It is being managed by DB Regio Tyne and Wear Ltd, the company which operates stations and trains on behalf of Nexus. Further information will be published at nexus.org.uk in the coming[…]

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A campaign group tasks Chief Executive of Newcastle

Newcycling.org, Newcastle’s cycling campaign, fed up with patchy and counterproductive actions by the local transport authority, invite the Chief Executive to judge for herself. After three letters of bringing Pat Ritchie, chief executive of Newcastle council, up to speed on transport matters (see below), the group now invites her to cycle around the city to experience the dire realities for herself. Currently, cycling in Newcastle is not for the faint-hearted. The group had carried out research into Newcastle’s past politics and administration. They found that not much has moved on, despite the council’s consistent transport-transition policies dating back to the[…]

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Ambition in the face of austerity?

Response to Newcastle budget 2016-17 consultation Ambition in the face of austerity? http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/budget-annual-report-and-spending/budget/budget-2016-17 (external link) To Newcastle City Council The title for the consultation is yours, but the question mark is ours. We at Newcycling would like to see real ambition for change, which we have outlined in our recent correspondence to Pat Ritchie (for example here). We also refer you to our budget response last year which described the necessary leadership and administrative changes required for mode-shifting transport transition (as your policies dictate) – to enable more people to have a true option to leave the car at home. It might be[…]

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WANTED – Leadership for Transport Transition

Dear Pat We have written three letters to you over the last few months (see below for links), and you replied that you would not want to meet with us in person. But we won’t give up that easily. Serious attention needs to be given to designing cycling into our city. Our chair, Katja, invites you to cycle around the city with her so that you can see with your own eyes how urgent this is. Please get in touch so that we can make a date. For now, here are some documents which we highly recommend you read. These[…]

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