Space for Cycling 2014 – Political party statements

This is part of the Space for Cycling initiative. Read more here The Green Party : Just like Copenhagen began its change to bicycles in the 1970s and now even in the winter 34% of commuter trips are by bicycle, we have that vision for Newcastle, a place for people. We want new ways of getting around, towns and cities not suffocated by the tide of traffic but ones where walking is really pleasant, cycling fun, public transit efficient and affordable, and where electric vehicles take the remaining strain. We will tackle road danger to create a better environment to[…]

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Space for Cycling

We are part of the nationwide Space for Cycling campaign backed by Jon Snow. Space for Cycling calls on councillors across the country to make streets safe for anyone to cycle, people of all ages and abilities, anywhere. Mapping political support Local. Live in Newcastle? Here’s our Newcastle ward map illustrating the level of political support for Space for Cycling. Nationally, check the CTC’s map to find out which Councillors support Space for Cycling and how your council is shaping up nationally. What is Space for Cycling? Jon Snow, the Channel 4 News broadcaster and CTC President, has backed the[…]

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Challenge to City Council to create space for cycling

Newcastle cycling advocates join a nationwide campaign backed by Jon Snow. They are calling on their ward councillors to create Space for Cycling, as part of a national campaign to create the conditions where anyone can cycle for any local journey. Jon Snow, the Channel 4 News presenter and CTC President, has backed the campaign in an online video [1] and said: “Space for Cycling means creating safe conditions on major roads and junctions, lowering speed limits and reducing through motor traffic on residential streets. Some councils are now showing real enthusiasm for action to make cycling a safe and[…]

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Big Ride around town

We are joining other groups for a bike ride around town. This will mirror the London pre-election ride to keep the pressure on our elected representatives, and candidates too. Everyone welcome! If you’d like to know more about the Space4Cycling Campaign, go to https://newcycling.org/space4cycling Please click on the flyers, links below, for more details including the proposed route – subject to change, so do check this site before the ride Timetable: 10:00 – meet at Haymarket 10:30 – leave Haymarket 11:00 – the ride ends at the Civic centre for a photo opportunity If you’d like to tell us you’re[…]

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Shifting up a gear: AGM 2014

Absolutely thrilled to report a record attendance at our AGM last Tuesday: 42 people invaded the excellent Cycle Hub to listen to our speakers, debate the state of city cycling and campaigning and plan the next steps. We formed a new Management Committee: with a warm welcome to Geoff Turnbull who is joining Katja Leyendecker, Scott Dawson, Rod Joyce, and Claire Prospert on the committee for 2014/15. Scooting through the ‘business and organisational matters’ we saw that the Campaign is in good shape. You can of course read the Annual and Finance Report [pdf] and check for yourself. Our politicians[…]

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Six building blocks

A good city is designed around people, not cars. To design a decent and fair city certain things will have to be considered, actioned and implemented. Ultimately space is limited, and the discussion should be about how this finite space is carved up. Activities that create a better healthier lifestyle such as walking and cycling must be allocated the fair space that they deserve. Activities that suck money out of local economies such as heavy car use for short distances must be discouraged by devoting less space to it. All in all, this makes a better city for everyone –[…]

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Space4cycling – the building blocks

With the local elections in May fast approaching, we are ramping up for action. And to be clear, we want you to get involved on a grand scale! Politicians are always hungry for people power as it gives them a mandate to act, challenge and change things. So we intend to give them just that. Here’s the heads-up: in the run-up to the elections we will ask you to contact your councillors and candidates and tell them what you want them to do. And, yes, we will make it as easy and painless as possible for you to get in[…]

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space4cycling (6/6) information campaigns

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. We strongly believe that it is most important to only promote something that is worth promoting. We therefore support promotional campaign only if these are coupled with physical infrastructure improvements (through points made in parts 1 to 5 of this series). The logic behind this course of action is that we have looked at the reasons why people don’t cycle. Research tells us exactly why the UK is not a[…]

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space4cycling (5/6) speed reduction

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. We generally support any speed reduction as it reduces road risk and severity of damage and injury. We particularly support reduction to 20mph. Roughly speaking, the tipping point for the chances of a pedestrian or cyclist to survive a road crash is at 20mph. Speed kills. Here is what our partner organisations have to say about speed reduction. Road Peace says slower speeds are essential for road danger reduction, which[…]

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space4cycling (4/6) safe and convenient crossings and junctions

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. Particularly on roads with the purpose of “expedient flow of vehicle traffic” good crossing designs and layouts are of importance for the obvious reasons of safety and convenience. We press for walking and cycling to be valued in urban highway design decisions. Overall, with every design we should be asking the question can an 8-year old cycle and walk this location unaccompanied. If not, we have to go back to[…]

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