Chair of the Campaign addresses Newcastle Council

Three years after handing in the Safe Cycling Petition to the Council, Katja Leyendecker addressed the full Council again. This time, it was to take stock and review progress. Some good things have happened – in particular the commitment to create strategic cycling routes to the city centre, but Katja made it clear that we have yet to see any concrete improvements on the ground. Physical improvements to our roads that will enable everybody, women, kids and elderly people to use a bicycle as a means of transport and get around safely. These are the improvements that the 800 people[…]

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Katja addressing full council

Thank you Lord Mayor I stood here in the same spot almost three years ago in 2010 – I hope some of you might remember that occasion. I was recently reminded of just how much cycling is an important local issue when I read in the Chronicle the good news that Gateshead Council is investing £1.5m to make it easier for people to visit their new Trinity Square by bike. This route is crucial as it represents the connection between Gateshead and Newcastle. When I stood here three years ago I presented a petition to Council asking for your political[…]

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Safe Cycling Petition

Katja presented the safe cycling in Newcastle petition (report below) to the City Council. The petition rallied over 800 supporters and will make a real contribution to improving the experience of cycling in Newcastle’s city centre. The delivery agent is the council and we will keep a keen eye on progress of the petition’s recommendations. Here is the video (VERY slow loading, go to 19:40 minutes) for the official petition handover speech and reply. A big Thank You goes out to all those 803 petition supporters! Here is the Katja’s handover speech and also Cllr Wendy Taylor’s reply. Full report[…]

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