LCGD – Forbes transcript and video

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council Welcoming the delegates to the Love Cycling Go Dutch conference on 5 November 2013 in Newcastle. Good morning everybody and can I reiterate the Lord Mayor’s welcome to Newcastle upon Tyne – the Civic Centre here, this morning. This is a really good time to have a conference about cycling. Let me explain why. I think cycling is on the cusp of a revolution. It might be a quiet revolution but it is a revolution nonetheless. We’ve seen Newcastle an increase in the number of people cycling over the last three years[…]

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LCGD – presentations

The Love Cycling Go Dutch conference, chaired by Christan Wolmar, took place on 5th November 2013, 09:00 – 17:00 at Newcastle’s Civic Centre Banqueting Hall. We will post the presentation slides and videos here as they become available. The conference and workshop programme can still be accessed here. Main conference Welcome • Councillor Margaret Wood – Lord Mayor of Newcastle • Fred Olthof – Head of Economic Department, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands • Councillor Nick Forbes – Leader, Newcastle City Council video and transcript Keynote Speech • Lynn Sloman – Transport for Quality of Life video[…]

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The Dutch are coming

Newcastle’s Banqueting Hall will “turn orange”, as Dutch officials will teach the region on the subject of designing transport inclusively for the bicycle at a conference chaired by Christian Wolmar on 5 November. An excellent learning opportunity has been organised for city bosses: the ‘Love Cycling Go Dutch’ conference series is coming Newcastle. Cllr Nick Forbes has confirmed his attendance. The conference has been pulled together collaboratively, including a huge effort by many volunteers, by the Dutch Embassy, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University and Newcycling. Part of the conference is a highway design get-together between Dutch and local council engineers[…]

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Campaign urges city chiefs to show support and learn from abroad

After Newcycling’s warning to council bosses, the group now offers solutions too. The Dutch Embassy and its partners including Newcycling invite decision-makers and practitioners to a one-day conference of learning from the Dutch, chaired by Christian Wolmar. An excellent learning opportunity has been organised for city bosses in the form of the ‘Love Cycling Go Dutch’ conference. Cllr Nick Forbes has confirmed his attendance. However the general sign-up rate by Newcastle Councillors is low. The Cabinet functions of Children Services (Cllr Kingsland), Investment and Development including Transport (Cllr Bell), Communities (Cllr Stephenson), Adult Services (Cllr Dunn) have not confirmed attendance.[…]

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Warning sent to Newcastle City Council

Newcycling has warned the council they would become negligent if no action is taken soon. At a Council Cabinet meeting with a focus on transport, held in public on 9 October, the group’s chairwoman went on record to hold Pat Ritchie, Newcastle’s chief executive, to account and ask her to get behind their own council transport policies to avoid the “London scenario”. Like most local authorities London has been ‘encouraging’ people to cycle for decades. Cycling in London, for this reason and others, has doubled in the last ten years making it the envy of other transport authorities. However this[…]

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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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Newcastle’s loopy lanes (revisited)

As part of the big announcement, we reported here, we hear thoughts on city cycling by the leader of Newcastle City Council himself when he was speaking to BBC Look North yesterday. In the television interview Cllr Nick Forbes said : “A lot of the problems that we have at the moment is that the cycle routes often disappear either onto the pavement or into the middle of the road at short notice. We want to create a proper strategic cycle network right across the city connecting where people live with where people work.” Yes, please. And on the BBC[…]

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