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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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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Joint letter to Newcastle and North Tyneside

Dear Mayor Norma Redfearn and Cllr Nick Forbes The previous devolution deal showed strong support for integrated transport in the region, but looked critically weak on active travel. There was no mention at all of the infrastructure investment required to support walking and in particular cycling as part of an integrated sustainable transport solution. We ask that Newcastle and North Tyneside negotiate to secure as part of its devolution deal an ambitious package for walking and cycling, and from this to commit the delivery of a £30 million strategic cycleway programme to be implemented over the next three years. As[…]

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Gross Greenwash on Blue House roundabout

This is a swift response to the Blue House roundabout plans, which we deem unacceptable. A longer, technical, response will follow. UPDATE 3 August 2016 detailed response published here. INITIAL RESPONSE The plans for this junction are fundamentally wrong. Only with real transport planning, tackling the real problems, can we see Newcastle’s policies of mode shift and transport transition realised. Only then, can council spatially prioritise walking and cycling and create the ground conditions for mass cycling. Newcastle has a primary ring road system A1/A19, and first of all its local road network must be assessed for its space, whilst keeping[…]

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Cllr Bell’s reply – what does it mean for a Cycle City?

I am hopeful in noting that Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet member of Newcastle council, kindly started his reply by thanking Sally for the sentiment and professionalism of her address to Full Council. By extension Cllr Bell thanks the newcycling Committee and our membership for the positive and constructive engagement our campaign group engages in. He then continues to congratulate us for staying on our stalwart course, pushing cycling up the agenda in Newcastle, and bringing rationale to the transport debate in our city. You can watch Cllr Ged Bell’s reply here (external link, youtube) We, together with our patron Christian[…]

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Highlights of our AGM (Part 2)

This is the account of the second part of our AGM 2016 where we gave the floor to two speakers: firstly Cllr Ged Bell from Newcastle City Council and then Paul Gasson from Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign. Speeches were followed by a panel debate about bikelash and how to work together through change. We’d like to thank the speakers, panelists, and all the members who came to our AGM – to another year of campaigning for a better city! Le local politician Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet member and portfolio holder for Investment and Development at Newcastle City Council, made clear that[…]

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Cllr Ged Bell – quotes

Added 21 October from Bikelife report: “Enabling Newcastle to be the best place it can be, with everyone having access to opportunities, is central to our ongoing success. We want parents and carers to feel safe letting their kids bike to school, and older people to feel able and confident enough to get about on two wheels. By designing space that works for young and old, we are ensuring it works for everyone.” Source Space for Cycling ride, 25 April 2015, Newcastle “I love cycling, I always have done and I will continue to love cycling. What we need to do[…]

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Cllr Nick Forbes – quotes

  Sources   Love Cycling Go Dutch conference, 5 November 2013, Newcastle “Cycling isn’t just a physical activity. Cycling is integral to how we seek to transform the city for the future.” “We are seeking to transform our city. And cycling can be an absolute integral to our vision of that.” “It’s a job to transform the physical infrastructure, physical areas around the city, but I think cycling also transforms the city in a social realm as well.” “We know full well of the health benefits of people cycling on a more regular basis. We as a local authority now[…]

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Space for Cycling 2015 – Political party statements

This is part of the Space for Cycling initiative. Read more here. We have requested from each of the following parties who have registered a candidate for one of the Newcastle constituencies their vision for cycling in Newcastle. We will post their replies as and when they arrive. Labour Party Liberal Democrats Northern Communists The Green Party Awaiting replies: Northeast Party The Conservatives Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition UKIP LAST UPDATED 27 APRIL 2015       Labour Party Our vision is to make Newcastle Fit for Cycling by delivering a transformational change to our infrastructure. The Labour Council aims[…]

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