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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AGM 2018 Part 1

We held our Annual General Meeting on 25 March 2018 at the Jesmond Community Library in Newcastle. It was great to see so many people for the launch of our #city4kids manifesto including and lots of families and children who came for the first time. Many thanks to Ellie for keeping kids busy in the arts and craft room! Here is an account of the formal business of the AGM for those who couldn’t make it.  Claire Prospert, co-founder of NewCycling and Secretary, presented the annual report of activities. Before the winter, we worked with Richard Grassick from Moving Films to produce a[…]

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Launched at AGM – city4kids manifesto

Background: the city4kids manifesto was launched at the AGM on the 25 March 2018. It will form the cornerstone to our campaigning activities over the next year. A pdf version can be found here: city4kids_manifesto. Watch out in the coming weeks for further information, action items and more. If you would like to support the city4kids manifesto do get in touch to discuss your involvement and collaboration. We are especially interested, of course, in working with Newcastle Councillors and fellow civic society groups. city4kids manifesto So that children and parents can travel in safety and comfort Newcastle Council policy highlights[…]

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Space for Heaton

Meet the newly formed SPACE for Heaton (www.spaceforheaton.com). This short video is an introduction and a call to arms for all residents of the Heaton/High Heaton area who are interested in joining the new community group campaigning for a better environment for all. You can sign up to get news and updates on their website. Hold the Oscars. SPACE for Heaton *THE MOVIE* is here… Hold the Oscars. SPACE for Heaton *THE MOVIE* is here… pic.twitter.com/iyp9D1vv72 — SPACE for Heaton (@SPACEforHeaton) February 12, 2018  

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Our partners – Beauty and the Bike

Why do British girls stop cycling? When in cycling-friendly countries the bicycle is a central part of life for most young women. Beauty and the Bike aims to show why – and work with cycling advocates around the world to make urban cycling attractive. You may recall that we recently had the chance to work with Richard Grassick – the filmmaker behind the Beauty and the Bike camera. The product of our cooperation is this short film about Newcycling, its people and their dreams and wishes for the city of Newcastle https://newcycling.org/video-who-we-are-and-what-we-do/ A short introduction to Beauty and the Bike[…]

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The school run: ‘We are not welcome here’

Armelle is a campaign member who has previously reported on cycling in Copenhagen, in Denmark, and Nantes and Bondy in France. Here, she describes her new school run and explains, while there are some things to enjoy, our streets are not designed for cycling families. Having just moved to South Gosforth, we are now enjoying the most stunning cycle ride from home to school, with lots of trees and bird song on the way. I am so happy to no longer have to take Tankerville Terrace to go West Jesmond Primary, where drivers champion the 3-point turn and double yellow line[…]

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Freedom for my child – Jo’s story

Over the coming month #City4Kids is our focus – Newcastle Council are worried about families and young people leaving our city and with good reason too. Our politicians must start thinking about families, and start talking about what the city should offer to our young people. We have to ask. What is it like to grow up in Newcastle as a young person? What is it like to bring up children here? Jo Ellis, one of our members, came to our last campaign social evening with her newborn son. Here are her thoughts: The last time I was on a[…]

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Creating an Inclusive Cycling Network

We want to see Newcastle become a #city4kids where people raise a family and choose to stay. This means that the council has to start planning and building an inclusive cycle network that support the diverse range of people living in Newcastle and cater for the day to day activities citizens routinely get up to. Over a number of upcoming articles we will take a more detailed look at the different elements that make up a well designed inclusive cycling network and show how the council should start planning for these. In this article we provide an overview of the features[…]

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Kidical Mass Newcastle

Newcastle hosted its first Kidical Mass on 1 July this year. Organised by parents of children from St Teresa’s and West Jesmond primary schools, the event attracted families from all over the city. Newcycling supported the event and it reinforced the importance of getting councillors to sign up to creating a #city4kids in Newcastle. This will be our focus in the run up to next year’s election. Over a hundred adults and children took to the streets in Heaton and Jesmond to cycle into the city centre on some of our new cycle paths. We had babies on bike seats[…]

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