Our campaign – 5 years in 15 minutes

Claire Prospert, our Secretary and co-founder, was invited to speak at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences. You can listen to her enlightening talk summarising 5-years of campaigning in 15 minutes here (whereas the full day including other talks by speakers from academia and activism is documented here). Claire reminded us that we are a young and fresh campaign, only five years old, and that we have always kept a good campaigning focus on improving urban design and road engineering. She finishes on four thoughts for the future. Listen to Claire’s talk here Our Secretary says “We put cycling on the political agenda”. We articulated a case for cycling infrastructure like[…]

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Cllr Ged Bell – quotes

Added 21 October from Bikelife report: “Enabling Newcastle to be the best place it can be, with everyone having access to opportunities, is central to our ongoing success. We want parents and carers to feel safe letting their kids bike to school, and older people to feel able and confident enough to get about on two wheels. By designing space that works for young and old, we are ensuring it works for everyone.” Source Space for Cycling ride, 25 April 2015, Newcastle “I love cycling, I always have done and I will continue to love cycling. What we need to do[…]

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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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Space for Cycling 2015 – Political party statements

This is part of the Space for Cycling initiative. Read more here. We have requested from each of the following parties who have registered a candidate for one of the Newcastle constituencies their vision for cycling in Newcastle. We will post their replies as and when they arrive. Labour Party Liberal Democrats Northern Communists The Green Party Awaiting replies: Northeast Party The Conservatives Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition UKIP LAST UPDATED 27 APRIL 2015       Labour Party Our vision is to make Newcastle Fit for Cycling by delivering a transformational change to our infrastructure. The Labour Council aims[…]

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Space for Cycling ride 2015

After the very successful Big Toon Ride last May and the Civic Cycle Ride in September, we are calling on all bike users, young and old, to show support for Space for Cycling by riding with us, once again on Saturday 25 April 2015. The aim of the ride is to show solidarity and unity for a smarter healthier city, and strength of voice for change and action to create high quality cycling infrastructure, and win the continued support of local politicians. We will be cycling across our iconic bridges, from Newcastle to Gateshead and back. Our route can be found at: http://www.plotaroute.com/route/14876 Facebook event[…]

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Letter to the minister

[PDF] CampaignGroupsCCAGLetterToDfT_20141210 Mr Robert Goodwill MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Department for Transport Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR 10th December 2014 Dear Mr Goodwill Feedback on the first phase of the Cycle City Ambition Grants We write to you as representatives of the local cycle campaign groups in the cities awarded the government’s “Cycle City Ambition Grants”. The Grants provide a valuable opportunity for these eight cities to begin the transformation into healthy, clean and economically vibrant places which are attractive to businesses and residential populations alike. While we welcome the grants and the[…]

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A letter to Newcastle City Council with a vision

Newcycling, Newcastle’s cycling campaign, now in its fifth year, spells out to Newcastle City Council what’s now needed to transition to a diverse, fair and vibrant city with an inclusive transport system at its heart. Newcastle is likely to be given upwards of £10m from the DfT, a recent ministerial announcement indicated. After four years of campaigning, the group has now reviewed what’s been done and found many barriers had persisted to exist. It’s vital that these are removed so the city can sustainably shift the way we travel, clean up its air, reduce noise pollution, give healthier choices to people, kickstart[…]

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A Brown weasel

Political engagement is a very important aspect of our Campaign. Informing our policy- and decision-makers about our ‘asks, wants and needs’ is vital. Its their support that can bring about the sea change needed to plough the way for a liveable Newcastle with cycling designed in. So, thanks for everyone who wrote to Nick Brown MP this month! Newcastle splits into three parliamentary constituencies. Earlier on this month we asked our members in the Newcastle East constituency of Nick Brown MP to write to him. A parliamentary debate on cycling was to take place and there were two simple questions[…]

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