Extinction Rebellion – NewCycling’s support statement

NewCycling fully supports Extinction Rebellion and will promote any events and actions they organise, with a focus on local ones happening in Newcastle and the North East. Extinction Rebellion has three demands: Tell the truth: Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate change and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change, Act now: Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025 Beyond politics: Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizen’s Assembly on climate and ecological justice This international apolitical[…]

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Streets for People – response to draft plans for Jesmond

On 10th November we were asked to respond to more draft plans for Jesmond by the Council’s Community Engagement Officer for Streets for People. We responded on 25 November 2018: We are extremely pleased to see that the plans for Jesmond are of such high quality and, in fact, go above and beyond those drawn up by Phil Jones Associates. We have some very minor comments, which relate more to detail than to substance and hopefully these will be useful for the designers. We hope that these plans will also be going to the Technical Advisory Group (for cycling schemes)[…]

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Fury as £500k projects to make Jesmond roads safer for children and cyclists put on hold

Evening Chronicle – 31 January 2019 SPACE for Jesmond has hit out after two schemes disappeared from Newcastle City Council’s ‘Streets for People’ programme NewCycling Chair, Sally Watson, said: “One of these schemes was designed to make the street outside West Jesmond Primary School safer for children travelling to school following the removal of the two crossing patrols. “The other scheme saw improvements to Osborne Road between Haldane Bridge and Holly Avenue. These two schemes are in areas highlighted as the most dangerous and unpleasant in the initial neighbourhood wide consultation.” https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/fury-500k-projects-make-jesmond-15754668

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Council comes under fire for scrapping plans to boost cycling in Newcastle

Evening Chronicle – 10 January 2019 Newcastle Cycling Campaign members say they are ‘disappointed’ after the plans were scrapped. Sally Watson said: “”The most recent of these is Barras Bridge, where cycling has been quietly removed from plans. We recently wrote to Coun Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality, to express our concerns. We are still awaiting a response to this letter.” https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/council-comes-under-fire-scrapping-15652798

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Consultation reply – Newcastle Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

Newcastle City Council is currently (until the 8th March 2019) seeking views  on Walking and Cycling across the city as part of the development of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrasructure Plan (LCWIP). The details can be found on the following link: https://newcastlewalkingcyclingroutes.commonplace.is/ We wrote a response directly to the council which has been reproduced here:- Having read the information on the LCWIP commonplace and looked at the provided map of routes, we thought it best to respond directly, as the commonplace map would not be suitable for a response of this type. Please consider this our (NewCycling) response to the[…]

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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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Open letter to Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for Transport and Air Quality

Newcastle’s new cabinet member for Transport and Air Quality, Cllr Arlene Ainsley, has now been in post for over a year. On 7th November 2018 she delivered a report on transport and air quality to the council. We have a number of questions to raise with the council in relation to this report and have written to Cllr Ainsley: Dear Cllr Ainsley We read with great interest your report on transport and air quality, which you delivered to full council on 7th November 2018. It is fantastic to see you acknowledging the important part cycling infrastructure can play in improving[…]

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Creating an Inclusive Cycling Network – The Main Network

In the previous article we covered the basics of how to create a cycle network. In this article we will look at the main cycle network and how this can be designed using the techniques outlined in CROW. Planning the network The main cycling network should create a grid of routes around 400m apart. From CROW: Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic (page 64): Cohesion is the most elementary requirement for a main cycle network. … A simplified indicator for the extent of cohesion within the built environment is the grid size of the main cycle network. A grid size of[…]

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Beauty and the Bike – What Happened Next?

At NewCycling we have always been a big fan of Beauty and the Bike, the first UK documentary with a campaigning message about the importance of cycling infrastructure directed at politicians. We screened it for the first time in 2011 in Newcastle, and the message is still super relevant. Here we asked Richard Grassick and Beatrix Wupperman, Beauty and the Bike’s Directors, to tell us what happened since it all started in Darlington in 2008. Oh and to celebrate the 10th anniversary, there will be a screening of the film at The Forum in Darlington on Monday September 17th, 7pm. Organised[…]

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Eye-popping realities – pedalling with kids

This post was originally published in 2015 here, but we think it is very relevant to #city4kids. It introduces a book that was written 30 years ago. The findings are still important to this day if we want a city with that kind of urban design and planning that values the next generation now growing up. It’s not for the first time, and I have a feeling it will neither be for the last, that I heard a mother describe the following to me: “I cycle along with my 10-year old on Percy Street (relatively busy city centre road), when[…]

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