Jesmond cycling improvements – an update

In November 2012, Newcycling’s Jesmond branch received a response from the city council to cycling plan for Jesmond we had carefully put together. We ask what progress has been made in the last nineteen months? To remind ourselves, among the requests which were considered for approval, funding allowing, were • dedicated cycle space on Osborne Road, between Clayton Road and Jesmond Road for starters • a right turn junction from Osborne Road to Haldane Terrace • improvements at the junction of Forsyth Road / Brentwood Avenue • investigating traffic calming options for Highbury (depending on a speed survey which was[…]

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50 miles challenge in Newcastle City centre – A member’s story

ALI HAS CHANGED HIS PLANS. HE WON’T RIDE THE GRUELLING CITY CENTRE. HIS STORY REMAINS. GOOD LUCK, ALI! It’s at the Big Toon Ride that we met Ali and his son, Archie. He had heard about the ride, came along, and joined the Campaign. Shortly afterwards, he approached us with an idea and here it is, with his own words. It echoes how people felt riding around the city centre that day, and more generally the situation described by many in the Safe cycle Petition and our recent members’ survey, a city Centre which is not fit for cycling: “I’ve[…]

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Newcastle Community Green Festival 2014

Green activists and groups take over Leazes Park for two days. This lovely festival entirely run by volunteers 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! More info on: http://www.newcastlegreenfestival.org.uk/ The Newcastle Cycling Campaign will have a stand so come and say Hi! Our volunteers this year are Shannon, Rod, Peter and Claire

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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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SCR Infra Safari – SCR7 Walker

We are cycling the Strategic Cycle Routes (SCRs). This year’s dates are listed below. All dates have been set for Saturdays, and we hope you can join us. We will meet at Civic Centre, Ceremonial Way, at 10:00am. Each tour should not take longer than three hours. Join us for all or parts of it, or meet us afterwards for a coffee. Please email us newcastle.cycling.campaign@gmail.com if you are coming so that we get an idea about numbers before the ride. 14 June – SCR 4 – Gosforth 12 July – SCR 1 – Newburn 9 August – SCR 6[…]

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SCR Infra Safari – SCR6 Benfield

We are cycling the Strategic Cycle Routes (SCRs). This year’s dates are listed below. All dates have been set for Saturdays, and we hope you can join us. We will meet at Civic Centre, Ceremonial Way, at 10:00am. Each tour should not take longer than three hours. Join us for all or parts of it, or meet us afterwards for a coffee. Please email us newcastle.cycling.campaign@gmail.com if you are coming so that we get an idea about numbers before the ride. 14 June – SCR 4 – Gosforth 12 July – SCR 1 – Newburn 9 August – SCR 6[…]

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Preparing our AGM

The Campaign Annual General Meeting is fast approaching: it will be held on Tuesday 25 March 2014, 6:00pm at the Cycle Hub in Newcastle. Our Constitution gives more details about the AGM; in summary, we first handle the “operational” business and then we discuss and agree with our members the Campaign’s priorities for the year ahead. The AGM business entails presenting our annual report and accounts, and forming the new management committee – nominations are being sought, so if you are interested, just drop us an email at newcastle.cycling.campaign@gmail.com and we’ll send you more information. The management committee meets monthly[…]

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Fundraise for the Newcastle Cycling Campaign

This is an update from the Treasurer as we’re approaching the half year mark and an appeal for donating/fundraising. The Campaign running costs are approximately £1,000 a year; our main expenses relate to the members’ meetings, promotional materials, accommodation, resources (books, DVDs), website running costs, fees for festivals. We’re very grateful for the support of our corporate members , bringing about £200 income to support our activities. Earlier this year, we set up an online donation facility with local giving ; this enables us to attract gift aid. So far we have received £200 in donations and gift aid and[…]

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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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AGM 2013 – Better streets for cycling

The Cycle Hub was packed on Tuesday 19 March 2013 to ‘talk cycling’ at our AGM. We had a lively debate on membership, cycling infrastructure design, and the campaign priorities – oh and we formed our new management committee. While Claire Prospert, Katja Leyendecker and Scott Dawson signed up for another year, three new people also joined the committee: Dorothy Craw, Roderick Joyce and Shannon Robalino. These are the key points discussed: Membership – proud to have 750 members, mixed views about re-introducing fees which would also mean a considerable admin resource to be necessary – so we decided to[…]

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