GeoVation Challenge Bid

We have teamed up with Northumbria Uni for the GeoVation Challenge, attached below. Based on the petition survey data and a basic radial route map we would like to bring together the community and experts to make cycle corridors into the city centre so convenient that you simply feel compelled to get on your bike! Update 05.03.2011: We weren’t successful this time but the bid served as a great reminder: so many people expressed an interest in better infrastructure and continuous well-designed routes! Must be a priority…!!

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EDM1393 and stricter liability

Write to your MP to sign EDM 1393: “That this House acknowledges that many other European countries have much better cyclist and pedestrian safety records than the UK; recognises that these countries apply the principle of stricter liability to vulnerable road victims, so that drivers of vehicles that hit cyclists or pedestrians are assumed liable unless they can prove their innocence; believes that this makes drivers more aware of the vulnerability of children, cyclists and pedestrians; notes that, in contrast in UK road traffic personal injury cases, the burden of proof is on the victim to prove the other party[…]

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Local Transport Plan

The Newcastle LTP team heard the campaign voice. Will they listen? Exec agenda, page 25 reads: “This is attributed in part to the effectiveness of the recently-formed Newcastle Cycling Campaign, which has made regular representations to the Newcastle Cycling Forum and maintains a high profile in the media.” Thank you! And thanks to you all.

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Chair’s New Year Message

Dear Newcastle cycling folks, non-cycling populace and somewhere in-betweeners We at the Newcastle Cycling Campaign wish you all the very best for 2011; may it be a successful and rewarding year for you and your friends & family. 2010 – looking back The year 2010 saw the safe-cycling-in-Newcastle petition being handed over to Newcastle City Council and the formation of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign. The campaign was founded to counteract the consistently and long-standing dire performance by our council on cycling matters, and to steer it towards a cycle-friendly place: by word and deed and with a clear vision for[…]

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Scrutiny question

Dear scrutiny manager (Newcastle City Council), I would like to submit a question for scrutiny if I may. – – – – – – – – – – SCRUTINY QUESTION AND BACKGROUND Adopted in the late 1990s Newcastle’s Unitary Development Plan refers to the 1991 Cycling Policy and Plan of an innercity network. The aim of the policy was to “improve the safety of cyclists within the City” and was promised to be under regular review. This is only one example of a positive cycle policy by our council. A multitude was to follow thereafter. In contrast, a recent petition[…]

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Newcastle City Council statements

Newcastle City Council has made very positive noises about transitioning away from the private car, providing alternatives including a cycle network for decades. The primary transport policies remain the Local Plan and the LTP. Here’s what our council has promised … NewcastleGateshead’s economic and spatial strategy 1PLAN 2010 Link to document [pdf] delivering the best public transport and giving streets back to people, we will break the link between economic growth and miles travelled by private car (Page 7) N:G will become a more compact, accessible and sustainable place, much less dependent on the car. (Page 11) We want to[…]

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