A week of meetings, and a festival

Some eyes and ears appear to have popped open recently. We’ve had a fair slice of cake (well, meetings, and too many at that to recall here) and we’ve learnt this: Good – we seem to agree on where we are (City is untenable for mass cycling) and where we ought to be (City fit for cycling) – Cllr Henri Murison largely agrees with the 1Plan – mandating a European style city centre, virtually car-free with a ring of car parks outside the urban core, the urban core serviced by walking, cycling and a much more effective bus system –[…]

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We’ve written to Cllr Nigel Todd

Heartened by last year’s engagement and action on Brighton Grove, we’ve written to Newcastle’s local politician responsible for cycling, Cllr Nigel Todd, and ask for action. We’ve outlined the following four achievable targets for completion by 31 March 2012: 1. Allow cycling on Northumberland Street and make a start with out-of-shopping hours, as highlighted by the Safe Cycling petition in 2010 2. Map cycle lanes and give them double-yellow-line status (no parking in cycle lanes), as suggested by our patron Prof Stephen Singleton 3. Provide the definitive list of Newcastle’s one-way streets and allow contra-flow cycling in at least five[…]

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Newcastle Bicycle Festival

We’ll be there! Should be fun! Welcome to the home of the 2012 Newcastle Bicycle Festival Simply meet at Haymarket at 17:30 when we’ll cycle over to the festival venue Star & Shadow. We are planning a political panel discussion for Friday night! Attendance (alphabetical order): – Green Party: yes, name TBC – Labour: Cllr Nigel Todd – Liberal Democrats: attendance unclear to date, TBC Be there! To ask YOUR cycling question. Event poster added! Spread far and wide. Follow this link https://newcycling.org/news/20120809/newcastle-bicycle-festival-poster-added

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We’ve written to Cllr Nigel Todd

We reviewed the forum’s effectiveness, and shared the info with its chair. Improvement suggestions for Newcastle City Council’s cycle forum We are well placed to make suggestions: Our secretary and chair have contributed to the forum for many years, as have individual campaign members We sought feedback from forum contributors We have kick started improvements over the past months: originating from an external force: a petition signed by 800 local people (chair = petition organiser) We have been closely involved in the writing of the forum’s terms of reference We have contributed to various consultations and working groups We also[…]

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We’ve written to Cllr Nigel Todd

Date: 3 July 2011 12:34 Subject: Transport & Environment – cycling update Hi Nigel Further to the Brighton Grove email, a ward matter, and it’s the perfect example: as you know it’s not all rosy in the world of transport at the council especially with respect to cycling. Overall, we would like to see a council that does what it says it would do. This is currently is not the case. Over the last 9-12 months we have been trying to work with senior Cllrs and council officers alike, but have largely been falling on deaf ears. We really attempted[…]

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We’ve written to Cllr Nigel Todd

Date: 7 June 2011 08:50 Subject: Re: Equality Trust events Hi Nigel Many thanks for the notification of this talk. We will be there! It’s great to be on your mailing list. Let me just shamelessly plug a report along the theme of “equality in our transport system”. You may have heard of the recent report “Fairness in a Car Dependent Society” by the Sustainable Development Commission. Full report here http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=1184 “Fairness in a Car Dependent Society” finds that vulnerable groups carry a greater burden of the costs of other people’s travel, including >> air pollution >> noise >> traffic[…]

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Newcastle’s New Administration

Following the election, we contacted Newcastle’s new leader Cllr Nick Forbes with some suggestions. = = = = = = Subject: An open letter to the new Leader of the Council To: Cllr Forbes Cc: Cllr Todd, Cllr Murison Dear Cllr Nick Forbes Congratulations to your recent appointment. We at the Newcastle Cycling Campaign are really looking forward to working with your administration. Please find links to our >> Open Letter to the Leader of the Council [attached below] >> Newcastle Cycle Manifesto [attached below] For completeness sake, a papercopy is also in the post. We are wishing you and[…]

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