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Our response to Newcastle City Council’s delivery plan

We value this honest and critical assessment, but do not recognise the strong solutions that the assessment requires in order to improve Newcastle’s future. We must point the council, again, to the messages from Philippe Crist OECD, highlighting the link between a liveable city and good quality jobs. In order to get businesses thriving and a productive and satisfied workforce, our city’s spaces have to be adapted to solutions of the 21st Century. Citizens must be equitably able to access the places of commerce, civic care and leisure. Given the constraints in natural resources and increasing climate chaos, the human[…]

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Joint letter to Newcastle and North Tyneside

Dear Mayor Norma Redfearn and Cllr Nick Forbes The previous devolution deal showed strong support for integrated transport in the region, but looked critically weak on active travel. There was no mention at all of the infrastructure investment required to support walking and in particular cycling as part of an integrated sustainable transport solution. We ask that Newcastle and North Tyneside negotiate to secure as part of its devolution deal an ambitious package for walking and cycling, and from this to commit the delivery of a £30 million strategic cycleway programme to be implemented over the next three years. As[…]

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After Blue House bungle, Patron Christian Wolmar writes to Newcastle leader Nick Forbes

Following the Blue House and Northern Access Corridor debacle Newcycling’s campaign patron the acclaimed transport journalist and writer Christian Wolmar sends on open letter to Leader of Newcastle City Council Cllr Nick Forbes: to inspire confidence at the council for the necessary transport transition ahead. Our patron explains and outlines what it feels and looks like to build worldclass cycleways looking at recent developments in London. Letter see newcycling website END

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On yer bike, Pat, for Newcastle

Faithfully, since our foundation in 2010 I have been writing incisive (German!) messages, casting back and looking ahead. You are not spared this tradition at the start of 2016. On this occasion, it is a message that describes how council have been successfully scratching the surface. They are trying. So much so that council may have almost convinced some of you into thinking Newcastle is actually moving into a more sustainable transport direction with people, not cars, at the heart. To me, having observed and examined council’s goings-on for more than five years, this however only feels like tactics. Or[…]

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Cllr Nick Forbes – quotes

  Sources   Love Cycling Go Dutch conference, 5 November 2013, Newcastle “Cycling isn’t just a physical activity. Cycling is integral to how we seek to transform the city for the future.” “We are seeking to transform our city. And cycling can be an absolute integral to our vision of that.” “It’s a job to transform the physical infrastructure, physical areas around the city, but I think cycling also transforms the city in a social realm as well.” “We know full well of the health benefits of people cycling on a more regular basis. We as a local authority now[…]

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Letter from the Leader – Cllr Nick Forbes

On 16 March 2015 we received a reply from Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, in response to our needs assessment dated 30 November 2014. We say a big Thank-you to Nick, and over the coming weeks we will digest and analyse his reply so we can understand where we are at with cycling in Newcastle, the political determination and policy implementation of building in space for cycling into our city. Dear Katja, New Cycling, May I start by saying how much I appreciate your efforts to promote cycling and help make it an easy option for people. The work you put in as volunteers at[…]

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Jeannie’s question

Jeannie: I have got a question. So I want to ride my bike but it’s kind of difficult. There is a lot of roundabouts. I cannot really go on to the pavement as I get shouted at. So I can’t really do anything; and I am kind of stuck. Where can I ride my bike to school? Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council replies: Good morning everybody. First of all, can I say a huge thank you for coming along today. I think it’s been absolutely magnificent to have such a brilliant turnout of people showing that cycling[…]

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Civic Cycle Ride – on the day

The event, held on 27 September 2014, kicked off with a speech from Katja Today is about, you might have guessed it, Space for Cycling. But overall it is about saying a big thank you. A big thank-you to you for actually being here today – thanks for joining us – and a big thank-you to everyone who has written to their Councillor. But the biggest thank-you today actually goes to our Councillors. And I cannot stress enough that Newcastle with a sign up rate of two out of three Councillors to support Space for Cycling is absolutely magical. Newcastle[…]

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Political support mapped

LATEST WARD MAP WILL BE POSTED HERE No doubt you remember Space for Cycling and our Big Toon Ride, so after all that… we thought we better give you a quick update. We previously reported via a press release that we did fantastically well nationally – Newcastle showing the highest support rate outside London. But how does it look locally, on ward level? We have crunched the numbers for you and here’s a quick visualisation too. At the time of writing (last updated 8 August 2014), we have 40 Councillors in support for Space for Cycling. This is 51% of[…]

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