Adrian reports from Copenhagen

Copenhagen : where cycling space is everywhere! This story is part of our youReport series. We all say we are looking to learn from cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam (to be reported on too, later, patience). The Copenhagenize Index (humbly) lists Copenhagen as second best cycle city in the world, after Amsterdam. The city has some serious infrastructure link projects underway, such as walk/cycle bridges, but it is the omnipresence of cycle space that is so impressive to the outsider. Adrian visits Copenhagen on regular business trips and sent us this. Adrian: “I am there often, but it still impresses[…]

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Davva reports from Budapest

Budapest : cool bike culture This story is part of our youReport series. This grand old European city of Budapest is ranking 13th in the Copenghagenize Index of bicycle-friendly cities. It deserves that for its strong advocacy (yes, Copenhagenize hand out points for that) and its bike culture. Bike modal share figures are hard to come by. In 2010 it has been suggested Budapest had breached the 5% mark (twice than the bike share in Newcastle). What does the casual observer think? Davva reports. Earlier this month I was lucky enough to do some voluntary work in Budapest. Although I[…]

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Carole reports from Estepona

Estepona : blue sea and blue tracks This story is part of our youReport series. While Spain is in recession as other European countries, I was impressed to see their investment in transport infrastructure catering for cyclists. Estepona is a hidden gem within the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain and is often a mecca for cycle professionals taking advantage of nearby mountain ranges and training for competitions such as the Tour de France. Estepona is also the best place I have ever seen for everyday cyclists. The town has excellent cycleways along the main roads in addition to the[…]

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News clippings – Cycling Weekly

Cycling Weekly (22 August 2013) CYCLING IN MY CITY – Newcastle In 2012 Newcastle adopted a 10-year cycle policy which every Newcastle councillors signed, for 20 per cent of short journeys to be by bike by 2020 and seven strategic cycle routes into the city to be created, complete with a delivery programme. Without Newcycling pestering the politicians, this would not have come about. Getting the £5.7m DfT funding announced last week is great. It’s yet another excuse for inaction (not time, no money, no space) that now falls by the wayside! The council didn’t manage to action these ‘little’[…]

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Julie reports from Barcelona

Barcelona : pleasing pedal This story is part of our youReport series. Copenhagenize puts Barcelona in 13. place of bike-friendly cities. Even just getting onto the prestigious list is an honour. Yet Barcelona used to be 3rd – competition is strong! From Copenhagenize we hear “Barcelona is an enjoyable city to cycle in”. So. Campaign member Julie had a look. Here’s her account: As soon as we came back from our hols I downloaded my cycling pictures for you. Yes, Barcelona did seem to have some good ideas for their cyclists! Most excitingly we saw parking zones clearly marked between[…]

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Pen reports from Kiel

Kiel : A Baltic biking bliss This story is part of our youReport series. We saw Pen tweeting from Kiel – and got curious. The ADFC biking barometer lists Kiel as 4th best cycling city in Germany. So what does the user make of it? We asked Pen. Pen replied: I had done quite a lot of cycling in Germany in 1996 when I spent six months contracting in Wolfsburg, North Germany. If I had any free time I would be on my bike and off for a ride around the surrounding villages. Although it’s plain to see Germany has[…]

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News clippings – Cyclists in call for bike photographs

Journal (5 August 2013) Cyclists in call for bike photographs BIKE campaigners are urging families to photograph examples of great cycling facilities as they take to their summer holidays. Eager to improve cycling provision in the North East, the Newcastle Cycling Campaign wants to collect a “library” of great cycleways ad biking infrastructure, which it can then push for closer to home. Together with other organisations the campaigners are putting together a conference ‘Love Cycling – Go Dutch’ in November to explain to the decisions-makers how the Dutch got their cycleways. Katja Leyendecker of the newcycling.org said: “last year our[…]

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