50 miles challenge in Newcastle City centre – A member’s story

ALI HAS CHANGED HIS PLANS. HE WON’T RIDE THE GRUELLING CITY CENTRE. HIS STORY REMAINS. GOOD LUCK, ALI! It’s at the Big Toon Ride that we met Ali and his son, Archie. He had heard about the ride, came along, and joined the Campaign. Shortly afterwards, he approached us with an idea and here it is, with his own words. It echoes how people felt riding around the city centre that day, and more generally the situation described by many in the Safe cycle Petition and our recent members’ survey, a city Centre which is not fit for cycling: “I’ve[…]

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Big Toon Ride speech

Katja’s Big Toon Ride speech at Monument Photo: Carlton Reid Thanks for coming. We put the sun on for you today, to get you all out, so – great stuff that you are all here. I have dressed up today. I’ve got my high heels on. And if I fall over it’s because I usually don’t wear these things. But I thought dressing up for this event was the right thing to do. I am Katja and I am chairing something that’s called Newcycling, Newcastle’s cycling campaign. I was wondering whether we had any members here. Is anyone a member[…]

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Big Toon Ride shows demand for Space for Cycling in city centre

The Big Toon Ride was a super success. Thanks to everyone who turned up, and rode with us. Shannon had put the word out on BBC Radio Newcastle on Saturday morning, Katja spoke on BBC Look North, and then Sally talked about the national Space for Cycling campaign on Monday on BBC Radio Newcastle again “What we want is Space for Cycling, which is a nation-wide campaign. We want people to write to their local Councillors to say we need more space for cycling. We need better junctions. We need – sometimes – segregated cyclepaths. We need to cut down[…]

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News clipping – BBC Look North: big toon ride

BBC Look North (17 May 2014) Katja (chair) says “The message is ‘give us space for cycling’. That means setting aside road space for cycling. So that cycling and walking, and by all means taking the bus – the active forms of transport – can take prime position in our city. And the car and drivers have to start to take the back seat.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46hYf0xwZao [youtube]

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