Open letter to Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for Transport and Air Quality

Newcastle’s new cabinet member for Transport and Air Quality, Cllr Arlene Ainsley, has now been in post for over a year. On 7th November 2018 she delivered a report on transport and air quality to the council. We have a number of questions to raise with the council in relation to this report and have written to Cllr Ainsley: Dear Cllr Ainsley We read with great interest your report on transport and air quality, which you delivered to full council on 7th November 2018. It is fantastic to see you acknowledging the important part cycling infrastructure can play in improving[…]

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Council Budget 2017/18 consultation – our reply

Dear Nick and Ged (cc Graham Grant) Our response to the Newcastle Budget 2017-18 will be short and based on previous years’ responses covering the budget periods 2013/16, 2015/16, and 2016/17. We have consistently asked for the Council to prioritise sustainable transport infrastructure and deploy resources accordingly. We still have to see a clear transition from investment into roads and motorised traffic to walking & cycling and public transport. Too often, the Council sends conflicting messages: supporting plans for additional car parking while building quality cycling cycleways in the city centre. How would people react to this, and how would[…]

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Getting to the core of 1Core (cont)

If you were put out by the 300+ page document, but were prepared to read something, here it was: Cycling pp138-141, click here. Read more about the 1Core here CORE CYCLING POLICY    Introduction The core policy, above, reads okay at first sight and is no doubt well-intentioned. To avoid later queries and possible heartache, we’d really like to ask what “wherever [sic.] appropriate” and “promoting cycle improvements” means. And we note that Newcastle, after some to-ing and fro-ing, now once again agrees with us that the city centre North-South route (aka ‘Great’ North Cycleway or Atkin’s red route) is[…]

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4C = City Chiefs Cycling Challenge 2012

We took our decision-makers for another ride – metaphorically speaking. The part was made up of Cllr Henri Murison and Harvey Emms from Newcastle City Council, by liveable cities experts: Richard Smith of Action Streets and Neil Murphy of Beyond Green and a number of campaign members. Starting at Swan House roundabout we observed the aggressive multilane gyratory and its inadequate provision for walking and cycle alongside the fast moving traffic. As the southern gateway into Newcastle, it’s not very welcoming place, and people – walking and cycling – get squeezed through very small spaces. Then we cycled on to[…]

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1CORE – we’ve kept our comment short this time

Date: 12 September 2012 20:43 Subject: Re: Planning Newcastle’s Future – Consultation Events To: Planning & Housing Cc: Cllr Henri Murison, David Slater Dear Henri Dear David OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORE STRATEGY AND URBAN CORE AREA ACTION PLAN We want to keep this short as we have also commented previously. We do think much more must be done to create a place for people. A place is nothing without its people, and more emphasis must be put on residents, their health and wellbeing, wealth and opportunities. Transport is a major aspect on that journey to a sustainable place, and[…]

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Cyclist awareness workshop with bus drivers held in Newcastle – press release

05.07.2012 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Newcastle Cycling Campaign and Newcastle City Council joined forces with the city’s major bus operators and hosted the first ever cycling awareness workshop on 27 June 2012, to improve safety on our streets. Campaign chair Katja Leyendecker: “Talk to cyclists and they’ll tell you that tensions on our roads are on the up. Any preventative measure to alleviate this must a good thing. Alongside asking for safe space for cyclists, we want to start a road user debate. “ Campaign member Tanja Cooper and event organiser: “The management of all major bus operators in[…]

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Jesmond cycle chat with council – press release

24.06.2012 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On Wednesday locals came flocking to the Cricket Club to discuss getting around safely in Jesmond, walking and cycling. The bike racks were parked up with thirty local people attending and keen to make their view heard. Tony Waterston, Transition Jesmond, set the scene “Jesmond is ideal cycling territory but at present there is heavy traffic and no safe spaces for cyclists. So few children cycle to school, few ladies cycle to the shops and not many older gents cycle to work. We plan to change this. “We in Transition Jesmond are campaigning for[…]

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Say thank you to Councillors

We’ll be there Your involvement Meet at Civic Centre, under the Tyne God. Full council meeting. We will hand out surveys to Newcastle Councillors to “Make a Little Pledge for Cycling” following the adoption of the Cycling Manifesto https://newcycling.org/news/20110907/cycle-manifesto-adopted. Come along and lend a hand!

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Council meeting Brighton Grove

We’d have liked to attend. The time was prohibitive. Brighton Grove hearing of objections. Campaign has submitted their part-objection on numerous occasions and attended many meetings. We’ll keep an eye on the decisions taken by the council on this longstanding problem. It’s a shame we cannot personally attend the hearing: its daytime scheduling is prohibitive to volunteers, and we have brought this lack of inclusion to the attention of the council.

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