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Welcome to the newsletter for September

We hope everyone has had a great summer and that you are all continuing to enjoy the nice weather we're still having. This month is packed with events, from start to finish, with one of September's highest priorities being the Civic Cycle Ride for Space4Cycling (see below). As well as the events, the newsletter has updates on Strategic Cycle Routes and the campaign's recent policy and position statements; plus articles on the value of cyclists, Rod's reflections on the SkyRide 2014 and ideas from France.


Upcoming dates for the diary are:
  • 13 September SCR Infra Safari – A ride out on the Walker SCR, stopping afterwards for a coffee. Meet outside the Civic Centre at 10:00am.
  • 14 September Campaign Training Day – Have you booked your place? Run by the CTC, these workshops are themed on Space for Cycling and the Road Justice campaigns here in Newcastle.
  • 14-16 September Cycling & Society Symposium – The 11th C&S Symposium is co-organised by Northumbria University, the Newcastle Cycling Campaign and Newcastle City Council. Please email us (here) if you would like to attend (places are limited). The final programme can be found here.
  • 27 September Civic Cycle Ride – Come and join us on our Civic Cycle Ride for Space4Cycling, when we're delighted to have our Patron, Christian Wolmar, Cllr Nick Forbes (Leader of Newcastle City Council) and Cllr Mick Henry (Leader of Gateshead Council) riding with us on the day. We especially need you with us to keep up the momentum for real change!
  • 30 September Members' Meeting – We meet up for a drink and chat in The Trent House from 19:00.
Keep on pedalling!

The management committee for Newcastle Cycling Campaign

Space For Cycling: Your Help Needed

After the success of the Big Toon Ride last May, we are calling on all members to join us with their families and friends for the Civic Cycle Ride on Saturday 27 September to show our support for Space for Cycling. For full details, click here.

Strategic Cycle Routes & CCAF Updates

For the latest on the Great North Road SCR, see the article here or the coverage in The Journal; and for our report on the infrastructure safari on SCR6 Benfield through Heaton, click here. You can also read about the Ouseburn DIY Streets and support Option 1 for Acorn Road in Jesmond.

Campaign Policy & Position Statements

A whole host of updates here, from our draft on Pavement Cycling – help us clear the confusion about the subject and give us your views; the first in a new series of articles on applying the Dutch road network principles of Sustainable Safety to Newcastle; the latest about the campaign's attendance at the Newcastle Cycling Forum; and a request to support the sustainable safety petition from Mark Treasure, Cycling Embassy of Great Britain.

The Value Of Cyclists

Calculations carried out by the Newcastle Cycling Campaign (using HEAT, an internationally acclaimed economic assessment tool for walking and cycling), show that the contribution current city commuter cyclists make to the city of Newcastle is worth over £3 million every year. Click here to read the full article. If only we had the conditions where another 3,000 people felt safe to cycle everyday (see Rod's reflections on the Sky Ride).

Inspiring Story From France

Regular supporter of the campaign, Armelle reports from a recent visit to Nantes in France, the VeloCity 2015 host, which gave plenty of ideas that could be used in Newcastle. Click here to read the report and her recommendations. 

Get Involved

Newcastle Cycling Campaign is a not-for-profit community group lobbying for better provision for cycling and cyclists by bringing together the diversity of cycling, its organisations and businesses, groups and individuals. Join us today to help us shout out even louder for a bike-friendly Newcastle & Tyneside.

You can also chat with us on Twitter @newcycling or join the Friends of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign group on Facebook.

Or if you would like to get more involved, have ideas for topics to be debated at the members' meetings or would like to recommend a speaker, please get in touch either through the website or by email.

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