BigToonRide rode for Newcastle’s future

Yesterday more than 150 cyclists, young and old, took to Newcastle’s streets for a fun event with a serious message. The Big Ride was one of many held across the country in a united call for Space for Cycling, a national campaign highlighting the lack of cycleways in the UK, calling on everyone to write to their Councillors and ask government departments of Transport and Health to drastically increase cycling investment for a better transport future in UK cities. Katja Leyendecker, chair of Newcycling, said “What an amazing turnout, what a buzz. When the Big Toon Ride coordination group first[…]

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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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National Big Ride held in Newcastle

On Saturday thousands of people will take to the streets calling for Space for Cycling in London, Leeds, Newcastle, Manchester and Sheffield. On May 17th at 10:00 cyclists are meeting at Newcastle’s Haymarket to join the national Space for Cycling Big Ride, held in many cities across the country, to ask for more space for cycling in our cities. This is part of the nationally coordinated ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign where everyone is asked to call on their Councillors to create a better transport system, one that includes cycling, and obtain the funding to make this a reality. Everyone is[…]

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People put first in the city centre

RoadPeace now joins Newcycling and Living Streets (1) in urging Newcastle City Council to humanise road crashes and take action on road environments. Kate Cairns, RoadPeace member and founder of SeeMeSaveMe, says: “The lack of care for vulnerable human life on our roads is astounding. Trends show that by 2020 road death will be the biggest global killer of our young people. ‘Accidents’ are rarely that, accidental. Most collisions are avoidable. We ask the relevant authorities to evaluate and redesign roads with sustainable safety in mind, protecting our most vulnerable by tackling danger at source; that is the motor vehicle.[…]

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Human values of a liveable city

Newcycling joins forces with Living Streets to highlight the importance of humanisation of road crashes and urgent action on road environments. In its vision for the city centre, 1Plan, Newcastle City Council states it wants a European, fair and inclusive city centre. Recent incidents however reported by the Chronicle and Journal make grim reading. Twenty pedestrians have been affected by road tragedies in just two years (1). The city centre is a place for people, and it’s high time we got serious about this. Colin Green, chair of Living Streets Tyneside Area, says “Although there have been many improvements to[…]

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Open letter to Cllr Nick Forbes

Dear Cllr Nick Forbes Many thanks for speaking up for cycling safety and bike infrastructural improvements on bbc and itv. You may recall, that we wrote to you in May 2011 and you participated at the City Chief Cycle Challenge that year. Last year’s challenge took place along the so-called Great North Cycleway or NCN725, with Cllr Henri Murison and Harvey Emms in attendance. The NCN725 concept is something we have been struggling with for a while and you appear to as well when asked by the itv news reporter. And rightly so. The route in its current design has[…]

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