Members’ survey – Shifting up a gear with you

First of all, a big thank-you to the 143 members who completed our survey. That’s about 12% of our total membership including all family members, and a good response for this type of survey. Lisa Vincent was the lucky winner who grabbed the prize, a £20 voucher from our fab partner the Cycle Hub (see photo). A large proportion of respondents, 73% to be precise, are men, which is probably a fairly accurate reflection of the current gender split within the cycling community. There were 10% of you who had started cycling recently and a very small percentage, 1% of[…]

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Space4Cycling campaigners conference / workshop day (national)

The workshop material from the day is found here [html] Katja’s workshop was mythbusting / campaigning styles. You can read it here [pdf] The day will include workshops on: – Protected space and decent junctions – Press and social media skills – Removing through traffic – How Councils work – and how to get them to listen – Liveable Town Centres – Vision and Visualisations – 20mph and lower speed limits – Mythbusting and Rebuttals Plus Plenary sessions from experienced cycle campaigners from around the country. Reason to come to the Conference: – to find out how you can use[…]

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Space4cycling – the building blocks

With the local elections in May fast approaching, we are ramping up for action. And to be clear, we want you to get involved on a grand scale! Politicians are always hungry for people power as it gives them a mandate to act, challenge and change things. So we intend to give them just that. Here’s the heads-up: in the run-up to the elections we will ask you to contact your councillors and candidates and tell them what you want them to do. And, yes, we will make it as easy and painless as possible for you to get in[…]

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Six space4cycling topics – making it happen

Thanks again for an excellent youReport turnout… you sharing your bike infrastructure images and imagination with us – showing real cycling culture. In the coming weeks we’ll report back to you under the heading space4cycling. By doing so joining up with the London Cycling Campaign’s initiative. It’s a successful and positive message that attracts us to it, and it’s spreading. We’ll discuss six different topics, each one a subject area where change has to happen, a transformation in thinking, design approach, space utilisation which will broaden our imagination and further set the vision for our city. The six topics are[…]

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AGM 2014 / Quarterly members meeting

We meet and chat. This time it’s AGM time too – to discuss priorities for the coming year, invite member to stand for committee membership and influence the direction of the organisation. Newcycling AGM 25 March 2014 full (Committee) Speakers Cllr Rob Higgins (Labour) and Cllr Stephen Psallidas (Liberal) – political viewpoint Newcycling AGM 25 March 2014 – Chris Peck CTC Newcycling AGM 25 March 2014 – Lizzie Reather Leeds Cycling Campaign Newcycling AGM 25 March 2014 – Sally Hinchcliffe Cycling Embassy GB

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youReport – and the winner is

At the start of the holiday season we asked you to snap away. And you did! And with amazing energy too. Media picked up our press release too. Chronicle, Journal, JesmondLocal, and Cycling Weekly – all had a mention of our youReport initiative. So, end of the season, these are the reports we received from you (listed in alphabetical order) View youReport in a larger map Amsterdam : where bike is king Assen : bicycle priority Assen, Drenthe : Hembrow holidays Barcelona : pleasing pedal Berlin : Cycling city Bilbao : culture and cycling Brunswick / Braunschweig : contraflows Bremen[…]

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Scott reports from Amsterdam

Amsterdam: where bike is king This story is part of our youReport series. We proudly say we are looking to learn from cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam. The Copenhagenize Index (humbly) lists Amsterdam as the best cycle city in the world, with Copenhagen (youReport here) a close second. Copenhagenize says “The city continues to do well in nearly every category. Amsterdam does almost everything right. What the city lacks in a uniform infrastructure design it more than makes up for with its impressive saturation of bicycle traffic in the compact city centre”. This is what Amsterdam looks and feels like[…]

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Yi-Li reports from Taiwan

Taiwan: keen to build tracks on back of leisure success This story is part of our youReport series. A Rhode Island university friend of Katja’s recalls this about her native Taiwan: I used to ride the bike to go to school during junior High school for 3 years. At the time, it was very common for the Taiwanese to ride the bike to go to school or to work. Nowadays bikes are not used anymore as a main traffic tool for transportation. Instead of the bike, people use mainly motorcycles or drive the car. But, recently (actually since a couple[…]

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Gav reports from Tenerife

Tenerife : spot-checking a two-way track This story is part of our youReport series. Gav posted this photo on our facebook group a couple of months ago, and why would we not share it with you! In Tenerife not to take to the bicycle, there certainly seems little excuse on weather grounds… we learn “there is one very significant reason why Tenerife is a great winter cycling destination: Mount Teide itself. Although not the highest road in Europe, it is the longest continuous ascent as you have the opportunity to start the climb from sea level” as Cycling Weekly reports.[…]

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Jesmond: Routes to Retail

Friday 29th November 6pm- 8pm Cricket Ground, Osborne Avenue Jesmond has received £350,000 from the Department for Transport to improve the environment for families walking and cycling to the retail area. How should the money be spent? The Residents Association (JRA) and Sustrans invite you to an evening of information and debate. How can we make routes into our shopping area more people friendly Speakers: Paola Spivach (Sustrans) & Ron Armstrong (JRA) – What can we take from what’s been done elsewhere, what works and what doesn’t? What are the benefits of shared space, and if so where? How can[…]

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