Beauty and the Bike – What Happened Next?

At NewCycling we have always been a big fan of Beauty and the Bike, the first UK documentary with a campaigning message about the importance of cycling infrastructure directed at politicians. We screened it for the first time in 2011 in Newcastle, and the message is still super relevant. Here we asked Richard Grassick and Beatrix Wupperman, Beauty and the Bike’s Directors, to tell us what happened since it all started in Darlington in 2008. Oh and to celebrate the 10th anniversary, there will be a screening of the film at The Forum in Darlington on Monday September 17th, 7pm. Organised[…]

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Freedom for my child – Jo’s story

Over the coming month #City4Kids is our focus – Newcastle Council are worried about families and young people leaving our city and with good reason too. Our politicians must start thinking about families, and start talking about what the city should offer to our young people. We have to ask. What is it like to grow up in Newcastle as a young person? What is it like to bring up children here? Jo Ellis, one of our members, came to our last campaign social evening with her newborn son. Here are her thoughts: The last time I was on a[…]

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Chi Onwurah MP reports on cycling, women and Africa

Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle reports from her recent trip to Africa  and gives us her perspective of what it is like to cycle in a local town in Namibia. An account about the social value of cycling, women empowerment and hope for the future: “I recently returned to cycling after a break of two decades, thanks to the encouragement and support of many but especially Newcycling and Super Cycling Councillor Marion Talbot. I am really enjoying getting around the constituency on my bike whenever I can. It is encouraging, but also I suppose slightly depressing, that constituents are generally[…]

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Open Letter from our patron Christian Wolmar to Cllr Nick Forbes

Dear Nick (cc Chi Onwurah MP and Catherine McKinnell MP) I am writing to you as patron of Newcycling, Newcastle’s cycling campaign, with the hope to give support and confidence, and to inspire positive action. I have been carefully briefed by the Newcycling Committee of recent road building plans for Newcastle. There are opportunities. If there were any remaining doubts that good facilities attract people to cycle, what has happened in London over the past few weeks will allay them. The opening of several major sections of the Cycling Superhighways has transformed parts of central London into safe places to cycle[…]

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Highlights of our AGM (Part 2)

This is the account of the second part of our AGM 2016 where we gave the floor to two speakers: firstly Cllr Ged Bell from Newcastle City Council and then Paul Gasson from Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign. Speeches were followed by a panel debate about bikelash and how to work together through change. We’d like to thank the speakers, panelists, and all the members who came to our AGM – to another year of campaigning for a better city! Le local politician Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet member and portfolio holder for Investment and Development at Newcastle City Council, made clear that[…]

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Cycle City Ambition Programme 2 – summary and questions

One year on, we have a look at the Cycle City Ambition Fund 2 (CCAF2), its general content and feasibility. The CCAF2 documentation was put together by the City Council a year ago. It was approved by the Department for Transport (DfT) shortly thereafter. Newcastle Council did not contact us to collaborate or allow us to help shape the input and direction of the bid. Despite newcycling being a strong transport and cycling stakeholder we were given no involvement whatsoever in the content, quality or its ambition. Based on our experience of the last two years of CCAF1 delivery and many[…]

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