Every modern liveable city has embraced cycling – an inexpensive quick means of active transport, which is inclusive, green and healthy. And our aspiration for Newcastle is just that. We are looking to learn from cycle cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam. We know from speaking to local people, that many don’t cycle because of the aggressive traffic and road environments. Yet, many like the idea of getting around by bike. Together we are asking for better cycling conditions and more dedicated space for cycling.
To achieve a city-wide transformation to a people-oriented liveable Newcastle and Tyne & Wear, we all need to work together. This short video from Copenhagen (7 mins) passionately sums up our vision for Newcastle’s city centre: nothing more, nothing less.
Copenhagen’s Car-free streets & Slow-speed zones from Streetfilms on Vimeo.
Looking at the areas surrounding a centre and getting more into the how: this 15 minute video of Newcastle’s twin town Groningen is worth watching. Enjoy!
Groningen: The World’s Cycling City from Streetfilms on Vimeo.
And there is loads that can also be done in our neighbourhoods and communities as outlined perfectly by this video about a street in London (4 mins).
London’s Do-It-Yourself Approach to Safer Streets from Streetfilms on Vimeo.
Cycling is steadily increasing in Newcastle, and our city has great potential to become a premier Cycle City. If we do not want to be left behind other cities, the step change must happen now. Business as usual is not an option. Together, we can represent the future of cycling, channel and articulate our views and concerns and push for action, results and successes. We can make Everyday Cycling a reality.
Let’s get a positive feedback loop going! Improve cycle conditions, which enables more people to cycle, in turn more provision for cycling, and an ‘everday cycling’ city emerges.