Suicide Cycling Newcastle

A personal cycling experience in Newcastle (March 14, 2016) – http://theprotocity.com/suicide-cycling-newcastle/ Koko Herder Koko Herder is about to graduate from the research master Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His main interest is in the relationship between the built environment and everyday life. He currently researches the production of bicycle space, and the relationship between ageing populations and cities.

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Council cuts and desperate times? City must wake up to alternatives

Cycle advocates say it’s exactly because of council cuts that business-as-usual is no longer an option and that alternatives transport systems must be explored for a fairer, affordable future, better sooner than later. Katja Leyendecker, chair of newcycling.org, says “In our complex world it can be hard to see the wood for trees sometimes. And this seems to be where Newcastle City Council presently finds itself, in a deep dark forest. Whether recent council cuts are necessary or not, they are happening and we have to adjust – for the sake of our city and its future. We find ourselves[…]

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A Brown weasel

Political engagement is a very important aspect of our Campaign. Informing our policy- and decision-makers about our ‘asks, wants and needs’ is vital. Its their support that can bring about the sea change needed to plough the way for a liveable Newcastle with cycling designed in. So, thanks for everyone who wrote to Nick Brown MP this month! Newcastle splits into three parliamentary constituencies. Earlier on this month we asked our members in the Newcastle East constituency of Nick Brown MP to write to him. A parliamentary debate on cycling was to take place and there were two simple questions[…]

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News clipping – BBC Look North: Civic Cycle Ride

BBC Look North (27 September 2014) Cllr Nick Forbes remarks “Well, Newcastle is the kind of place that people haven’t really associated with cycling in the past. It’s not really got the history or heritage of it. But we are determined to put in place Strategic Cycle Routes which will be a really strong legacy of the future. And the more people we can encourage to switch to cycling as much as for health reasons as economic reasons that reduces air pollution, that increases road safety and it’s good for everybody.” Katja Leyendecker, Newcycling chair, says “It’s about Space for[…]

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Thinking cycling – Cycling & Society Symposium to be held in Newcastle

Joint organisers Northumbria University, Newcastle City Council and Newcycling are welcoming leading cycling researchers from around the globe to Newcastle for the Cycling & Society Symposium, 14-16 September. The event starts with a cycling infrastructure safari hosted by Newcycling on Sunday to demonstrate Newcastle’s ‘starter city’ status, a day of talks presented by world-class researchers in the field of cycling on Monday – welcomed to Newcastle by Cllr Marion Talbot – and wraps up on Tuesday with organisational proceedings of the C&S group. Monday attendance is open to the public for a £5 fee, including lunch. Cllr Marion Talbot, Chair[…]

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News clipping – BBC Look North: skyride

BBC Look North (2 August 2014) BBC reporter Martin Forster “But some cycling campaigners say there’s little point getting us to fall in love with cycling if, come Monday, our roads are once again dangerous for cyclists.” Katja (chair) says “Once you close down roads and you take off fairly hostile traffic, you take out cars and drivers out of the equation, people actually do come out. It’s almost like a carnival kind of atmosphere. You know, people come to enjoy themselves. It’s fun. It’s great. Problem being – this is here for four hours. And, really, what we want[…]

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Big Toon Ride shows demand for Space for Cycling in city centre

The Big Toon Ride was a super success. Thanks to everyone who turned up, and rode with us. Shannon had put the word out on BBC Radio Newcastle on Saturday morning, Katja spoke on BBC Look North, and then Sally talked about the national Space for Cycling campaign on Monday on BBC Radio Newcastle again “What we want is Space for Cycling, which is a nation-wide campaign. We want people to write to their local Councillors to say we need more space for cycling. We need better junctions. We need – sometimes – segregated cyclepaths. We need to cut down[…]

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