|Welcome to the newsletter for October.
As the campaign just turned four years old on 27 September, what better way to celebrate than with a bike ride! The Civic Cycle Ride was a great success, with more than 200 people joining us in support of Space for Cycling, including some of our local Councillors. Also, we have a progress report for the campaign plus updates about Jesmond and our campaign policies, and the launch of Grow Your Tenner for 2014.
Upcoming dates for the diary include:
- 25 November Members' Meeting – Come and join us at The Trent for a drink and chat from 19:00.
Keep on pedalling!
The management committee for Newcastle Cycling Campaign
Civic Cycle Ride: Our Reflections
With your help, we did it again! Events like our Civic Cycle Ride are a massive undertaking to put on the road, so a huge thank you goes to everyone who helped make it happen, and to everyone who joined in. You can read our reflections on the ride here, and in case you missed it, check out Katja's speech here. There is also the speech by Councillor Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, (click here) in response to a question by young campaigner Jeannie. And we got some coverage on BBC's Look North!
Here we are half-way through our campaign year, which has prompted Katja, our Chair, to look at the Campaign Plan and report back on what we have been achieving, along with a financial update ahead of the "Grow Your Tenner" launch (click here for news of this, starting on 14 October... we'll be sending a reminder out by email on the day!)
We bid a warm welcome to Sally Watson, the new chair of Jesmond branch, click here
for more about Sally. In other news about Jesmond, we have a response
to the consultation about Acorn Road (click here
for our report on the actual consultation), and we'd like to thank all the members who wrote to the council about this matter… we'll keep monitoring the progress and letting you know how things go.
Campaign Policy & Position Statements
The second article in our series on Sustainable Safety delves into Homogeneity, as well as a position statement about pavement cycling.
Mima Reports From Helsinki...
One of our members, Mima, just returned from Helsinki, the capital of Finland, where she was pleasantly surprised to see more people cycling. Click here to read about the city's ambitious programme to build participation in cycling.
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.
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