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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Thumbs up to North Tyneside Cycling Campaign

Our sister Campaign in North Tyneside has been getting organised over the last few months and to kickstart a campaign focused on the borough has launched a 2016 Petition: “We believe that North Tyneside needs to do more to make using a bike for short trips the obvious, safe, and convenient choice for its residents. Fundamentally, this means building a network of cycle routes across the borough which are suitable for all from age 8-88 years old, and connect residential areas, town centres, and major centres of employment.”   Sign here: https://northtynesidecyclecampaign.wordpress.com/   A local resident explains: “I run a business[…]

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Amsterdam Side Road Crossing

Campaign group – Infrastructure team

We are getting seriously organised. Over the last few months the Committee has looked at our organisation, and given it some added ‘structural stability’ to accommodate the growing demands on a growing Campaign. This was particularly necessary as more and more people wanted to be involved, making it a specially good time to be clearer about how we do things and how we are organised. We reported here and here. One of the big Committee groups is the Infrastructure team. To welcome new people to cycling, we must first change our city’s roads to get down to a human scale[…]

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Our new structure – teams

Vitally, our campaign activities focus on decision makers and inspiring, educating and engaging them, so that they can take informed action. Understandably, as for individual’s involvement with the campaign, this is not everyone’s cup of tea and neither is it all that we do. If political campaigning and lobbying is your thing, consider joining the Committee. If it isn’t, fret not – there’s still loads that needs doing – some of it is of a  technical nature (website, cycle infrastructure design), some organisational (running a community interest group). In November we showed you a quick and easy chart outlining the[…]

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Structuring the campaign

Under this year’s motto “Shifting Up A Gear” we started growing the Campaign as well as started looking at the growing demands of the Campaign. It’s fantastic to see us steadily expanding – after all, it means we have a louder and more concerted voice that can be translated into more influence. However this also means that we have to keep an eye on our organisational needs and make sure our structures support this as best as can. The Committee meeting held on 4 November 2014 formally approved an aspirational Committee structure. We also said that we want to be an active committee – never a “talking shop” – with its members taking on roles and tasks.[…]

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