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National consultation – road traffic law enforcement

We are replying as newcycling.org (Newcastle’s cycling campaign) to the Inquiry on traffic law enforcement by the Transport Select Committee. We have 1,600 local members; and we are an organisation entirely run by volunteers, a constituted community group, formed in 2010. We would like to take this opportunity to make a strong point about the ‘wider picture’ which appears to be missing from the inquiry: There are benefits of structuring the UK road safety system more effectively (to avoid death and damage to occur in the first instance and avoid state resources getting wasted). Government departments should start cooperating much[…]

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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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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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Newcastle Cycling Campaign joins nation space4cycling call

A call to make ‘Space for Cycling’ organised by the London Cycling Campaign is breaking out of London’s boundaries. The ‘Space for Cycling’ message has already united local campaigns in Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and elsewhere, as the message echoes far and wide. Local cycle campaigning can be done in splendid isolation, as the first focus is to concentrate on the local transport authority, usually the council as they look after most city roads. In 2011 however, the Newcastle Cycling Campaign did carry out a survey of twenty-five fellow cycle campaign groups around the country; and found that the overwhelming majority[…]

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Make Space for Cycling

Make Space for Cycling – and for the tweeters under us #space4cycling – is the loud and clear voice that reaches us from London. So, we have joined in! What does it mean? It’s a slogan the London Cycling Campaign had coined particularly for protest rides in response to unacceptable road conditions and the Get Britain Cycling debate in the House of Commons on 2 September. Space for Cycling calls for dedicated space for cycling on main roads, including segregated tracks and cyclist-specific traffic lights and reduced risk to cycling on minor roads, such as removing through motor traffic and[…]

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Our (last minute) response to the Armitt Review

Hello A very quick response to the Armitt review You are right in your diagnosis of the problem in that cross-party support is currently missing. As such a national transport plan, soundly based on data and numbers for example carbon emission reduction and sustainable road safety is needed. There of course is the car/oil/road lobby constantly and elaborately skewing the debate towards unachievable targets and outcomes usually “driven” by short-term economic gains. Then there is the mis- or uniformed politician receiving this information which, when used unreflected, is calamitous. The political debate however has to move on. I’d think that[…]

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APPCG parliamentary inquiry

We’ve submitted evidence to the parliamentary inquiry http://allpartycycling.org/inquiry/ Our conclusions and recommendations are > We want to see an annual allocation of a national budget to cycling infrastructure > We ask cycling to be integrated into national and local government plans > Cycle monitoring data ought to be published by local authorities for public scrutiny and comment > We want local authorities to be enabled to use innovative cycle design > Re-instate Cycling England and commit DfT resources to help develop local cycling infrastructure design expertise

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Liaising with our MPs

Over the last week, we have been busy replying to communications from our MPs Catherine McKinnell and Chi Onwurah. – We’ve responded to Chi who had facilitated a reply from Barry Rowland, chief executive of Newcastle City Council – Catherine, our most prolific communicant, blogged about the Summer of Cycling and we asked whether it was possible to clarify with the Minister the much-mentioned National Cycle Stakeholder Forum, its terms of references, makeup and transparency We’ve also recently written to Barry Rowland, chief executive of Newcastle City Council, how he sees the excellent 1Plan implemented – NewcastleGateshead’s economic and spatial[…]

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Council snubs its own safe cycling pledge – press release

02.04.2012 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Local government fails cycling again – Portas Report blamed for putting parking before people – Campaign appeals for help from Minister Like many local authorities North Tyneside was quick to pledge its support for The Times Cities Fit For Cycling Campaign. But local bicyclists say the pledge was mere lip service as construction at a key location on the A193 was underway making it dangerously unfit for cycling. Since 2004 the Traffic Management Act has put a legal duty on local highway authorities to prioritise through traffic, including pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Despite[…]

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