A summary of the AGM 2019

We held our Annual General Meeting on 30 March 2019 at the Commercial Union House in Newcastle. Here is a brief account of what happened for those who couldn’t make it.  The AGM kicked off with the formal business: Claire Prospert, co-founder of NewCycling and Secretary, presented the annual report of activities and John Watson, Treasurer, outlined last year’s account which continued to be very healthy. A very warm thank you to our corporate members, Saddle Skedaddle, the Cycle Hub and Apex Acoustics, our members and those of have donated money to the Campaign – you are awesome! We also agreed the members of[…]

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Auf Wiedersehen Katja, over to you Sally

We are about to embark on a new chapter. Katja Leyendecker, Newcycling’s co-founder and chair since 2010 is moving on, first finishing her PhD and then making her way to Germany where more adventures will, no doubt, follow.  She is leaving us with a well-established and respected campaigning organisation – credit to her determination, passion and strength. Speaking for and writing about everyday cycling, quality urban infrastructure and fairness in transport on radio, TV, social media, at conferences and on other public platforms, holding decision makers, politicians and public authorities in charge of policy and the public purse to account,[…]

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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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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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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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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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