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Welcome to the newsletter for May.

With the AGM done and dusted for 2015, it's now time to get down to business for the year. This month's newsletter has further news of our discussions and decisions after the AGM; the aftermath of, and reflections on, the Civic Ride that did not quite happen according to plan; and also, in the lead-up to the general election we find out what the political parties are including in their agendas regarding provision for cycling.

Upcoming dates for the diary include: Keep on pedalling!

The management committee for Newcastle Cycling Campaign

AGM 2015 Highlights – Part 2

Following Part 1 of our report on the 2015 AGM in last month's newsletter (click here for an updated overview of the evening with all presentations now online), Part 2 runs through the key points of our table discussions. Read the article here for more on the main areas of attention. The committee met to discuss things further on 28 April, and we'll post more news and dates of members meetings soon on our website.

The Civic Ride 2015

The 2015 Civic Ride in Newcastle City Centre, in support of the Space for Cycling campaign that asks for safer conditions for cyclists, was ironically cancelled at the last minute due to a perceived lack of safety for the participants. There was still a loud and strong gathering of supporters who listened to speeches from Peter Macdonald, Ride Coordinator; Katja Leyendecker, Campaign chair; and City Councillors Marion Talbot and Ged Bell who support Space for Cycling. To see a video of this event and read the transcripts of the speeches, click here. An article also went online on about the cancellation of the event.

Political Statements

In the run up to the general election, we asked all political parties who have registered a candidate for one of Newcastle's constituencies their vision for cycling in Newcastle. Replies were received from the Labour, Green, Lib Dems and Northern Communist Parties. Click here to read their responses.

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.

You can donate online to the Campaign through Localgiving.

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