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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A cycleway in Bondy, France

Following Nantes, Armelle now sends a photo from Bondy – one of the northeastern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located about seven miles from the centre of Paris. She says: “Bondy is an impoverished suburb which suffered the riots in the autumn of 2005, yet finds the funds and the will to develop cycle paths to the RER station and tram line (opened in 2006) connecting a string of disconnected towns. Here mobility – physical, geographical and social – is the key to any political approach.” Whilst we cannot comment on the (completeness of the) local network… deriving a[…]

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Newcastle City Council continues to remove cycle infrastructure

After removing cycle specific infrastructure on Silver Lonnen in 2010 and Elswick Road in 2012, Newcastle council continues to dismantle existing cycle lanes, now at a school in Heaton. Katja Leyendecker, chair of newcycling.org, says: “This is almost unbearable to watch how the council is still unable to support sustainable travel options to schools. For example, we are asking them to design in some safe space for cycling for the school run on Tankerville Terrace in Jesmond and they push us back again and again with their excuses. Now they are wiping out an existing cycle lane on Jesmond Park[…]

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Donate and Grow Your Tenner

Localgiving is doing is again! From 10:00am on 14 October 2014, all online donations up to £10 made to Newcastle Cycling Campaign will be doubled: https://localgiving.com/charity/newcycling and it will continue until the 31st January 2015 or when the pot runs out – whichever is first. Our free membership and donations To keep our administrative burden low, we keep our membership free – so for those who can, donating to the Campaign is always welcome and is arguably the easiest way to support our aims, objectives, projects and activities. We recommend an annual £3 donation per person. So far this year,[…]

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Jeannie’s question

Jeannie: I have got a question. So I want to ride my bike but it’s kind of difficult. There is a lot of roundabouts. I cannot really go on to the pavement as I get shouted at. So I can’t really do anything; and I am kind of stuck. Where can I ride my bike to school? Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council replies: Good morning everybody. First of all, can I say a huge thank you for coming along today. I think it’s been absolutely magnificent to have such a brilliant turnout of people showing that cycling[…]

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Chair’s half-year marker

Here we are – half way through our campaign year, which prompted me to have a look at our Campaign Plan agreed at AGM. I got to say: I am impressed with the focus we have managed to keep so far. Membership engagement We’ve been doing what we said we would do. Delivering the Space for Cycling campaign to your (and the Councillors’) doorstep, making a bell-ringing noise at our rides attended by hundreds, organising cycle infra safaris (four out of seven this year), directing members towards CycleScape to engage online, and record comments for future reference. And much, much[…]

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Civic Cycle Ride – on the day

The event, held on 27 September 2014, kicked off with a speech from Katja Today is about, you might have guessed it, Space for Cycling. But overall it is about saying a big thank you. A big thank-you to you for actually being here today – thanks for joining us – and a big thank-you to everyone who has written to their Councillor. But the biggest thank-you today actually goes to our Councillors. And I cannot stress enough that Newcastle with a sign up rate of two out of three Councillors to support Space for Cycling is absolutely magical. Newcastle[…]

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Civic Cycle Ride reflections

And with your help, we did it again! Events like our Civic Cycle Ride are a massive undertaking to put on the road. A huge thank you to Peter and Claire and the sea of volunteers, Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council staff to make it happen again – following the Big Toon Ride in May – so expertly and safely. Every one of us, who joined in – young, new, old, big and small – made it a reality and made it into the pedal-positive event we were so lucky to experience yesterday. Thank you! The sun was smiling[…]

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2/5 Sustainable Safety principle – Homogeneity

In June 2014 we adopted Sustainable Safety as our first policy. Here we will describe the five principles of Sustainable Safety. This article will talk about homogeneity and what it means. We talked about the core principle functionality here. Whilst the functionality principle, SWOV says, aims for roads to have one exclusive function and distinguishes between traffic function (flow) and access function (residence), the homogeneity principle aims at keeping differences in mass, speed and direction of vehicles using the same traffic space being as small as possible. Functionality and homogeneity are at the basis of the categorisation of roads into[…]

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