News clipping – BBC Look North: big toon ride

BBC Look North (17 May 2014) Katja (chair) says “The message is ‘give us space for cycling’. That means setting aside road space for cycling. So that cycling and walking, and by all means taking the bus – the active forms of transport – can take prime position in our city. And the car and drivers have to start to take the back seat.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46hYf0xwZao [youtube]

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Cycle advocate speaks at House of Commons

Katja Leyendecker spoke to MPs at the House of Commons as a witness to the Transport Select committee. Katja Leyendecker, chair of the group, says “It’s been both a nerve-racking and exhilarating experience. I think I got my point across, that the real debate is about better cities, and we have to start taking cycling seriously as a cornerstone of a liveable and resilient city. We must end its silent absence and build cycleways. And I seem to have found a convert and ally in one MP too, who said it was good that I kept the session on track.”[…]

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Transport Committee – local decision making on transport expenditure

To a call by the Transport Committee – Local decision making on transport expenditure Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign, 1,200 members, volunteer organisation, constituted, formed in 2010) would like to respond to your request about views on local transport expenditure. We will focus solely on cycling (and progress on council policy to increase cycle modal share) as this shows both the complexity of the process and the current disconnect in clear accountability and evidenced decision-making for public spending and policy. The wider context is that other countries spend up to £30 per head on cycling to extend and maintain their networks[…]

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Chair gives evidence at Select Committee

Following on from our submission of written evidence to the Transport Select Committee at the House of Commons, Katja was invited to give oral evidence on 2 December 2013. Here is the full video, and (if you did not want to watch it all) a few pointers of what she had to say below. http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=14361 Katja’s contribution in transcript: 16:25:20 – Are we asking the right question? The perspective from outside London. Having listened to what people are saying here I think the question might be a completely different one and not so much about safety at all. I think[…]

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Cycle campaigner invited to give evidence at Commons

A submission from Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign) led to the Transport Committee inviting the group’s chair to give evidence to MPs at a hearing in the House of Commons, London, discussing cycle safety. Katja Leyendecker, chair, says “I still can’t believe Newcycling was selected to represent their view on cycling safety. They are interested to get a perspective from outside London. It feels a bit unreal, but I am up for it of course. “This invite has come as a total surprise, but also at the right time. We recently warned the council. They have to take action now to[…]

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Northumbria University – design project

Katja spoke to Northumbria University design students who are working on a cycling-related project this semester. Northumbria University (Industrial Design) November 2013 from Katsdekker Anthony Forsyth, the course organiser, has worked for Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden, and he talked with incredible knowledge and lucidity talked about cycling and just how different Newcastle is to these cities. We’ll keep an eye on how the projects develop. And maybe even be invited to judge the finals. Anthony Forsyth, Northumbria University from Katsdekker On Yer Bike investigation topics 1. How can we encourage more women to cycle in the city[…]

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Transport Committee – Cycling safety: follow up

To a call by the Transport Committee – Cycling safety: follow up Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign, 1,200 members, volunteer organisation, constituted, formed in 2010 ) would like to respond to your request about views on cycling safety. We will comment on cycle safety purely in the context of urban transport cycling. Specifically you ask to answer three questions: 1) Whether cycling is safe, particularly in towns and cities We believe that the current road environment makes cycling a transport option available only to the ‘brave and fit’ thereby leaving dormant the large majority of the population and the potential of[…]

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Primary pedal principles

Following the very successful Go Dutch conference and ThinkBike workshop, and keeping a watchful eye on the tragic deaths unfolding in London, Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign), has put together design principles on road layouts for Local Authorities. The group hopes that this way existing UK guidelines are strengthened, as their document closes some gaps and further explains what’s needed when designing for mass cycling. Katja Leyendecker, chair of the group, says “It was great to see the Dutch come to Newcastle in early November. And it was particularly exhilarating to see that we agree with their approach of sustainable road[…]

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