Chi Onwurah MP’s speech at Newcycling’s 2017 AGM

  “Thank you for the introduction and sorry I was late, delays on the metro, at Jarrow. On Thursday, the day before yesterday, I asked the Undersecretary of State for Transport, I said to him on Saturday I’m going to speak at the Newcastle Cycling Campaign Annual General Meeting, what can I tell the people there about what the government are doing to bring the benefits of cycling to everyone when studies show that the average cyclist is male, white, middle class, under 40, and clad in lycra. Andrew Jones replied “The honourable lady is absolutely right, cycling needs to[…]

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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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Interview with Newcastle Cycle Champion

We talk to Cllr Marion Talbot, Newcastle Cycle Champion and chair of Newcastle City Council’s Cycle Forum, about her plans, achievements and outlook for cycling in our city. Newly elected to the council to represent the residents of Fenham in May 2012, she has spent most of her working life in the public sector. It was Marion who brought the SkyRide to Newcastle this year, 2013. Marion is also a member of Cllr Nick Forbes’ Cabinet as deputy portfolio holder for Performance and Resources. Read on to find out what Marion’s wishes and ambitions are and learn about her thoughts[…]

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Get Britain Cycling parliamentary debate – what does it mean for Newcastle

On Monday 2 September 2013 one hundred MPs attended the House of Commons (and it was their first day back after summer recess too!) to debate the state of cycling in Britain and what should be done to get Britain cycling. The motion asked “that this House welcomes the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s report ‘Get Britain Cycling’; endorses the target of 10% of all journeys being by bike by 2025, and 25% by 2050; and calls on the Government to show strong political leadership, including an annual Cycling Action Plan and sustained funding for cycling” and after[…]

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Chi Onwurah MP – Get Britain Cycling

Chi Onwurah MP speech in Commons on ‘Get Britain Cycling’ go to 1:52:10 Chi Onwurah MP – Newcastle Central Chi Onwurah: It is a pleasure to take part in the debate and I welcome both it and the all-party group’s report. It is good to see cross-party agreement on such a positive issue, and I hope that when the Minister responds he will give us the assurances we are all looking for. So far, Ministers and the Department have been full of warm words of support and like to give the impression that this country is freewheeling towards becoming a[…]

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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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Cycling Campaign Rolls into Newcastle (Launch) – press release

01.10.2010 PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CYCLING CAMPAIGN ROLLS INTO NEWCASTLE Friday 1 October 2010 sees the launch of a city-wide campaign for a cycle-friendly Newcastle. The Newcastle Cycling Campaign aims to improve conditions for Newcastle cyclists. In June a ‘safe cycling’ petition supported by a staggering 800 local residents was presented to a Newcastle City Council meeting and won support from Cllr Wendy Taylor (Environment Portfolio). Supporters of the petition also included Newcastle MPs Chi Onwurah and Catherine McKinnell, as well as Newcastle Councillors Stephen Psallidas and Gareth Kane. Based on cyclists’ feedback, the petition http://katlayout.co.uk highlighted clear[…]

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