Message from a fellow cyclist

Why do we campaign for cycling and a safe quality infrastructure? Above all, there is huge sense of unfairness faced by the small minority of people who cycle as a means of transport, to go from A to B, everyday or regularly. The people we call the brave ones, because, despite the hostile conditions on the roads, they do it. As most minorities, we are not cared for, abused and blamed in many ways. Do people have choices when it comes to transport? Is cycling a genuine option when the provision in our cities is so poor and unsafe? Last[…]

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Write to your MP – Get Britain Cycling debate

Cycling will be debated at the House of Commons on 2 September 2013. Nearly 70,000 – including many of you, signed the petition to implement the recommendations of the “Get Britain Cycling” report initiated by the Times “Cities fit for Cycling” campaign. And this support led to the debate. It’s action time again! This time, we ask you to write to your MP so that they take part in the debate. It would be a great opportunity for our politicians to become more informed of the issues faced by everyday cyclists and how to overcome them. It is also an[…]

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Show your support to the « Get Britain Cycling » report

Earlier this year, we sent our views to the Cross-party Parliamentary inquiry about cycling , triggered by the Times City Fit for Cycling campaign. Well, the summary report is out ! The recommendations are spot on so please show your support by adding your name to the petition asking for prompt implementation: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49196 We are very pleased to see the report calling for: – An annual cycling budget equivalent to £10 per head of population – quite an increase on the current spend of less than £2 per person – Strong political leadership at national and local levels – Justice[…]

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Newcastle Community Green Festival 2013

Green activists and groups take over Leazes Park for two days. This lovely festival offers a huge range of entertainment, activities, workshops and information to spread a message of environmental protection and social justice… and all running on green power sources. All welcome, great fun for the kids and the grown-ups. Get there on your bike! For up to date info: http://www.newcastlegreenfestival.org.uk/ The Newcastle Cycling Campaign is looking for members to help with the stand. If you are happy to spend a couple of hours on either day, please email Claire, claire.prospert@gmail.com. It’s all about spreading the word about the[…]

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AGM 2013 – Better streets for cycling

The Cycle Hub was packed on Tuesday 19 March 2013 to ‘talk cycling’ at our AGM. We had a lively debate on membership, cycling infrastructure design, and the campaign priorities – oh and we formed our new management committee. While Claire Prospert, Katja Leyendecker and Scott Dawson signed up for another year, three new people also joined the committee: Dorothy Craw, Roderick Joyce and Shannon Robalino. These are the key points discussed: Membership – proud to have 750 members, mixed views about re-introducing fees which would also mean a considerable admin resource to be necessary – so we decided to[…]

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Online donations made easy peasy

If you would like to financially support the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, you can make donations online and it couldn’t be any easier. We teamed up with Localgiving.com which allows small groups like us to claim Gift Aid even when they are not registered with the Charity Commission. Go to our webpage and click on make a donation: http://localgiving.com/charity/newcycling Examples of what we may use the money for: – Running of the quarterly members’ meetings – Purchasing resources, books and DVDs – Representing the Campaign at events – Getting expert advice and assistance – Designing and printing of leaflets, posters, banners[…]

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Get involved in Cycling Tynedale!

Campaigning is spreading its wings across the region – a brand new cycling campaign has recently been launched in Tynedale by Paul Goldsmith and Ted Liddle, two enthusiastic cyclists who would like to see more and better cycle route, cycling facilities and cycling schemes in the Tyne Valley and surrounding area. If you live in the area or cycle around there and would like to become a supporter, please email Ted at info@cyclingtynedale.org The group meets regularly, just check the website http://cyclingtynedale.org for dates and news. Lots of opportunities to get involved!!

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What’s preventing British people from cycling?

This is the question asked by the All Party Cycling Parliamentary group and their call for “evidence” closed early December. The Times Cities Fit for Cycling carried out an online survey to find out what the main barriers to cycling are. 14,000 people replied and the lack of cycling infrastructure came top of the list. In particular people said they would cycle more if there were for segregated cycle lanes and simpler and safer junctions. For the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain the main barriers to cycling are “the conditions on the roads, and hence the lack of any real[…]

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Beat the winter blues: #keepcycling, keep campaigning!

Winter is at our doorstep and as the days get darker and colder, we all feel like hibernating. So this is a little wake up call from n0tice, a new initiative which aims to celebrate winter cycling and those who don’t put the bike in the shed at this time of the year but instead keep pedaling. If you’re one of those and would like to share your stories, tips and enthusiasm, please sign up with n0tice and post some stuff at http://keepcycling.n0tice.com/ They have just produced a great little clip which features the super fab Cycle Hub on the[…]

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Cities Fit for Cycling campaign moves up a gear

Nine months after launching the Cities Fit for Cycling campaign, The Times takes stock. The 8-point manifesto to make cycling safer is reviewed and the conclusions are clear: not good enough. The government needs to do much more to tackle the issues and make decent progress: levels of funding earmarked for cycling infrastructure in particular are too low to make a real difference on the ground. A parliamentary inquiry “Get Britain cycling” will look at safety issues, amongst other things, and will report back in spring 2013. It will inform how previous commitment can be turned into action and cut[…]

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