Hot air and still no safe space

Whilst other cities reportedly move forward, reaping the benefits of bike-friendly design and putting wings on bicycle culture such as the 7% bike modal share in Seville (achieved in remarkable short time) and Velo-City Vienna – Newcastle could not be further from this future today. It is a city that cannot make up its mind about where it stands with “rebalancing the relationship between road users in favour of modes of transport that diminish carbon emissions” [source Cycle Plan]. It stands divided. It pushes cyclists away then pulls us in again – maybe that roller-coaster of an emotional ride is[…]

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Bike Week – 4C

And we are planning another 4C = City Chief Cycle Challenge! Taking our politicians ‘roon the toon – cycling, chatting, exchanging views. John Dobson Street should feature quite heavily this time, as there are immediate plans to make it cycle-friendly (as an alternative to Northumberland Street). We are eager to see the changes since last year. The bizarre NCN725 or Great North Cycleway… maybe someone could explain this to us. Council cannot make up their hiveminds whether it’s finished or not. Different departments telling us different stories. Joy! The Story so far City Chief Cycle Challenge 2012 here City Chief[…]

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News clippings – Councils hit back at cycling critics

Chronicle (17 May 2013) Councils hit back at cycling critics (No link – so article has been replicated below) COUNCIL chiefs have it back at claims that they are not doing enough to support two-wheeled travel on Tyneside. Chairman [sic.] of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, Katja Leyendeker, claimed that while the city is “making the right noises” about encouraing more pople to convert to pedal power, so far there had been lttle to show for it. She also accused Gateshead Council of being “way behind in taking cycling seriously as a mode of transport” and as a result would “miss[…]

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Is Newcastle Fit for Cycling?

After years of talk, frustrated cyclists want to know how serious Newcastle really is about creating safe conditions for everyone to cycle. There are good signs but bad ones too. What is Newcastle City Council doing to become a City Fit for Cycling? Nationally there are many positive signs. Department for Transport offering good chunks of cash to local authorities if they promise to take road space away from car use to create cycle routes; practical empirical research is taking place at the Transport Research Laboratory to determine gaps in the cycle infrastructure design and approval; and a national newspaper[…]

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Show your support to the « Get Britain Cycling » report

Earlier this year, we sent our views to the Cross-party Parliamentary inquiry about cycling , triggered by the Times City Fit for Cycling campaign. Well, the summary report is out ! The recommendations are spot on so please show your support by adding your name to the petition asking for prompt implementation: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49196 We are very pleased to see the report calling for: – An annual cycling budget equivalent to £10 per head of population – quite an increase on the current spend of less than £2 per person – Strong political leadership at national and local levels – Justice[…]

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Newcastle Fit for Cycling

Today we sent our support to Newcastle City Council vying for £5.6m for the City with seven other Core Cities. By doing so we have joined a host of illustrious supporters ranging from politicians, businesses to groups and organisations. The bid would financially cover the first two years of Newcastle’s 10-year Cycle Plan. The money would be welcome to realise Newcastle’s bold ambition to make our City Fit for Cycling and it would mean that £10 per person could be spent on cycling infrastructure – which is in line with expenditure of European cycling ‘starter countries’. We understand that the[…]

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Newcastle Community Green Festival 2013

Green activists and groups take over Leazes Park for two days. This lovely festival offers a huge range of entertainment, activities, workshops and information to spread a message of environmental protection and social justice… and all running on green power sources. All welcome, great fun for the kids and the grown-ups. Get there on your bike! For up to date info: http://www.newcastlegreenfestival.org.uk/ The Newcastle Cycling Campaign is looking for members to help with the stand. If you are happy to spend a couple of hours on either day, please email Claire, claire.prospert@gmail.com. It’s all about spreading the word about the[…]

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A white line in the quick sand

The promise of a safe cycling network for Newcastle faces a steep uphill journey, as recent anti-cycling activities in the East end have shown. The Newcastle Cycling Campaign warmly welcomed plans for Newcastle to embrace a cycling culture. The Cycle Manifesto 2011, the Cycle Plan 2012 and Tyne & Wear’s Local Transport Plan, all put increased bike use at the very heart of their transport policies and make it an integral necessity for future designs of our City. Strategic Cycle Routes are to be built in Newcastle and cycling is planned to increase tenfold by 2022. It therefore came as[…]

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New Year 2013 – here we come!

Last year we put cycling firmly on Newcastle’s political agenda. And what was true then, remains true now. We have the City chiefs and a good number of local Councillors on cycling’s side. It’s excellent and we thank these political pedal pioneers. The real convincing will now take place on a ‘ward level’ when cycling improvements are proposed. Local Councillors have recently opposed cycle plans in Walker and Walkergate on spurious grounds; and the jury’s still out for the Gosforth bike proposal. Unfortunately, Councillors can be prone to playing political games and to party posturing. This is despite everyone’s full[…]

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