Civic Cycle Ride for Space for Cycling

Newcycling lays on another Big Ride in the toon, this time stretching all the way to Gateshead. On 27 September Newcastle and Gateshead will turn red with Space for Cycling banners and bike plates celebrating the campaign’s local success. This time, the big city chiefs Cllr Forbes and Cllr Henry plan to join the ride, alongside the Campaign’s patron Christian Wolmar and, of course, hundreds of city cyclists. Newcastle rides high on a tremendous success story. Over 60% of Newcastle Councillors support Space for Cycling and want to create conditions where everyone can cycle safely, everywhere without fear of traffic[…]

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Councillors in deprived Newcastle ward depress cycling future

Cycling advocates are left wondering what’s going on in Newcastle’s East end. Councillors there are leaving a gaping hole in the otherwise overwhelming support for Space for Cycling. Newcycling joined the nation-wide Space for Cycling campaign last year and since then has worked diligently through members’ action and using social media to gain political support for the cause. Their success is outstanding. Forty-seven out of Newcastle’s 78 Councillors have said yes to Space for Cycling, putting Newcastle in the lead countrywide. Katja, chair of Newcycling, says “It is fantastic, and hopeful for a fair transport future in Newcastle, to note[…]

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Motion proposal

(proposed text) We, today, affirm that we fully support the principles of Space for Cycling and that 1. We will increase Newcastle’s cycle share from the current 2% of all travel to 15% by 2025 and to collate the data to measure progress towards that target 2. We will prepare a map of Newcastle’s cycle network covering the Newcastle City Council area showing current provision and required improvements using the five Dutch criteria of cohesion, directness, safety, comfort and attractiveness 3. We will identify where this network falls short of best practice in engineering design and city transport planning (UK[…]

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News clipping – BBC Look North: skyride

BBC Look North (2 August 2014) BBC reporter Martin Forster “But some cycling campaigners say there’s little point getting us to fall in love with cycling if, come Monday, our roads are once again dangerous for cyclists.” Katja (chair) says “Once you close down roads and you take off fairly hostile traffic, you take out cars and drivers out of the equation, people actually do come out. It’s almost like a carnival kind of atmosphere. You know, people come to enjoy themselves. It’s fun. It’s great. Problem being – this is here for four hours. And, really, what we want[…]

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Campaign Training Day

CTC is currently running both the Space for Cycling and the Road Justice campaigns. This day will provide workshops on both these campaigns, boosting the voice, awareness and knowledge for safer cycling, better cities and justice systems. You will learn about how to champion and advocate improved cycling infrastructure and fight for a justice system that sends out fair and clear messages asking for a better deal for vulnerable road users including cyclists. In Newcastle, CTC have teamed up with us to deliver the training. The training day will take place at Jesmond Dene Conference Centre in Newcastle. It will[…]

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Civic Cycle Ride

Last updated 27 September 2014 PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF ROUTE DUE TO PERCY STREET CLOSED FOR EMERGENCY GAS WORKS After the very successful Big Toon Ride last May, we are calling on all cyclists, young and old, to show support for Space for Cycling by riding with us, once more on Saturday 27 September. This Civic Cycle Ride is a fun ride with a serious message; a message asking for safe dedicated space for cycling on our roads, city centres and neighbourhoods. We will be cycling across our iconic bridges, from Newcastle to Gateshead Old Town Hall and back. The[…]

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Political support mapped

LATEST WARD MAP WILL BE POSTED HERE No doubt you remember Space for Cycling and our Big Toon Ride, so after all that… we thought we better give you a quick update. We previously reported via a press release that we did fantastically well nationally – Newcastle showing the highest support rate outside London. But how does it look locally, on ward level? We have crunched the numbers for you and here’s a quick visualisation too. At the time of writing (last updated 8 August 2014), we have 40 Councillors in support for Space for Cycling. This is 51% of[…]

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Charting cycling on the political agenda

A map, see (1), has been released this week charting the political support for Space for Cycling in Great Britain. Newcastle has 36% of councillors in favour, and is runner-up following London, where 43% of councillors are supporting the national campaign. Katja Leyendecker, chair of Newcycling, Newcastle’s local cycling campaign, says: “Newcastle, for once, is top of the league, and for a good reason! We at Newcycling are hard-liners, not one for compromising, and it would be a rare occasion we congratulate our councillors – but this must be one. Over a third of Newcastle councillors, see below, have supported[…]

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50 miles challenge in Newcastle City centre – A member’s story

ALI HAS CHANGED HIS PLANS. HE WON’T RIDE THE GRUELLING CITY CENTRE. HIS STORY REMAINS. GOOD LUCK, ALI! It’s at the Big Toon Ride that we met Ali and his son, Archie. He had heard about the ride, came along, and joined the Campaign. Shortly afterwards, he approached us with an idea and here it is, with his own words. It echoes how people felt riding around the city centre that day, and more generally the situation described by many in the Safe cycle Petition and our recent members’ survey, a city Centre which is not fit for cycling: “I’ve[…]

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