Position statement – Tour de France bidding

We welcome cycling sports spectacles such the Tour de France (TdF) as a tourism and culture events promoting and showcasing Newcastle and the region to the world. However we urge caution about any claims of lasting local effects these events create beyond their short lifespan (legacy). Experience and evidence over recent years (like TdF stages in Yorkshire and the Olympics) have not shown these big sporting events living up to their legacy forecast. To create a true cycling legacy, lasting for decades to come, we therefore believe money needs to be invested into building a cycle network that allows people to feel safe[…]

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Position statement – Our Vision for Newcastle

UPDATE: On 16 March 2015 we received a reply from Cllr Nick Forbes. We will scrutinise it carefully. Following that we will update our needs assessment below, as necessary.   We call on Newcastle City Council (as the Local Authority and Highway Authority for Newcastle, which has responsibility for the planning and delivery of transport schemes) to lead the transition to a more equitable transport system that prioritises walking and cycling. We ask Newcastle City Council to respond to the following: Key message – make cycling the easy option for all Council to employ a leading expert in the field of urban planning and transport to[…]

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Position statement – pavement cycling

It is not at all desirable, we believe, to have pedestrians and cyclists sharing the space they travel on, as it creates unnecessary conflict between two vulnerable groups. Walking should feel safe and comfortable on the pavement, particularly considering some pedestrians may be physically impaired. And cyclists should feel safe from motor traffic on their dedicated cycle space, considering some cyclists may use cycles as a mobility aid. The answer By providing space clarity, much of the conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and drivers is removed. The answer to the problem of cycling on the pavement is to provide dedicated space[…]

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Position statement – Newcastle Cycling Forum

Since Newcycling’s inception in 2010* we have been involved with Newcastle’s Cycling Forum. We have sought to contribute to it meaningfully and methodically, staying true to our organisational aims, policies and membership view: always with the focus to improve cycling conditions in and around Newcastle. Over the years we also commented on the forum’s effectiveness (governance, decision-making process, information flow, community engagement tool, wider role and general administration). It is our disappointment with that aspect that led us to the decision to cancel our regular forum attendance. In the meantime we will use other – more successful and less frustrated[…]

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Position statement – helmets and helmet compulsion

We are pro choice: helmets are a personal decision; everyone of us should be allowed to make it freely and with no pressure. It’s okay to wear one, it’s equally okay not to. No country with high bicycle use has a high percentage of helmet wearing. The campaign will continue to lobby decision makers to adopt a pro-choice attitude. We will not promote or publicise events that have compulsory helmet use. We will also keep an eye on the developing research http://cyclehelmets.org/ (Policy updated on 10 July 2016)   Other Cycling Campaigns’ statements: Spokes (Lothian Cycling Campaign, that is in and around[…]

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