Newcastle adopts bike policy – 10-year cycle plan

On 1 February 2012 Newcastle City Council adopted the 10-year Cycle Plan for Newcastle. Read the transcript below. You can watch the video here http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council/how-council-works/council-meeting-01022012 by going to 29:30 (warning – slow loading) Lord Mayor (Cllr Geoff O’Brien): We move on to agenda item No.8 which is Delivering Cycling Improvements. I’d like Cllr Todd to introduce the report, to move the report which will be seconded by Cllr Murison. Am I correct? Yes. Cllr Todd you have the floor. Deputy Cabinet for Transport and Environment (Cllr Nigel Todd): Thank you Lord Mayor. It gives me enormous pleasure to recommend Delivering[…]

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1Core – action object

Newcastle City Council are making ill plans for the future of transport. Please take the time to ACTION! object to their LDF Core strategy by 4 January 2012. We have prepared a draft objection for you: draft letter attached below. POST EXPIRED

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Make a Little Pledge for Cycling

We continue sussing out councillors in Newcastle. How cycle-friendly are they? What do they know about cycling? Where are the gaps and problems? Knowledge, experience, policy? And how can we help? The aim is to find the individuals we can work with, the ones who are willing to lend an open ears. The councillors do not necessarily need to be cycling themselves, but have an open and fair attitude that we can mutually build upon to bring to life a cycle culture for Newcastle. To that effect we are running the “Make a little Pledge for Cycling” as part of[…]

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1Core Continued

We have written to relevant officers to seek clarification on the 1CORE (now LDF) process and methodology, attached below. There’s some serious green belt sprawling proposed which warrants more justification and proof than currently provided. Why is this important to the Newcastle Cycling Campaign? We are an interest group concerned with transport, infrastructure, active travel, and its relation to public space and provision of local services.   Click here to read Seeking clarification

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Cycle Manifesto Adopted

Our cycle manifesto has been unanimously accepted by full council through a motion put forward by Cllr Henri Murison. Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of the council, blogs about it here. This really does mean that every Newcastle Councillor, your Councillor, is now a Cycling Councillor! Why not write to your Councillor to highlight your cycle plights? How? Click here to find out how to contact your ward councillors. Watch the manifesto adoption online Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 [all youtube ca.8 mins each]. Read the Newcastle Cycle Manifesto here https://newcycling.org/newcastle-cycle-manifesto/

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Newcastle Politics and Cycling

We have handed a summary report to Cllr Henri Murison, council cabinet, attached below. We are very impressed by the openness and responsiveness of the new administration. New brush. Change feels so much more probable. At the council’s cycle forum meeting on 01.12.2011 the forum chair, Cllr Nigel Todd, received a letter from us. ‘Improvement suggestions to the Newcastle City Council cycle forum’, also attached below. It is vital that the forum is effective and a two-way process is adopted. We also requested a meeting with Cllr Todd to give him a quick update on progress of ‘cycling in Newcastle’.

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4C = City Chiefs Cycling Challenge

How did it go? BikeWeek and 4C. Nick Forbes, leader Newcastle City Council, when asked whether cycle provision was a bit balmy. “To be frank, that’s one of the reasons why I stopped cycling in Newcastle because you never knew from one minute to the next whether you are going to be on the road, the pavement or the cycle lane. And I think this is one of those things which we got to get right.” Youtube BBC1 Look North Youtube Claire’s cut Photos in our flickr group Full press release to follow soon. ADDED 30.06.2011 https://newcycling.org/news/20110630/cycling-and-city-press-release

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Safe Cycling Petition

Katja presented the safe cycling in Newcastle petition (report below) to the City Council. The petition rallied over 800 supporters and will make a real contribution to improving the experience of cycling in Newcastle’s city centre. The delivery agent is the council and we will keep a keen eye on progress of the petition’s recommendations. Here is the video (VERY slow loading, go to 19:40 minutes) for the official petition handover speech and reply. A big Thank You goes out to all those 803 petition supporters! Here is the Katja’s handover speech and also Cllr Wendy Taylor’s reply. Full report[…]

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