|Welcome to our newsletter for October.
Once again, it's the time of year to kick off our campaign for your donations, as Grow Your Tenner returns for 2016. To read more about how NewCycling benefits and how to donate, see the article below.
Also in this month's newsletter we hear from NewCycling patron, Christian Wolmar, as he writes an open letter to Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, about building cycling into the city's infrastructure; ask the council to deliver on their promise to create 'a better future city'; and we hear about Sally Watson's participation in the Cycling & Society Symposium on behalf of NewCycling.
Upcoming dates for the diary include:
- 8 November Campaign Social Evening – Pop in, grab a drink and meet other members and some of us from the committee – this is the idea of our new social evenings at Bar Loco in Newcastle. 19.00-21.00.
Keep on pedalling!
The management committee for Newcastle Cycling Campaign
Open Letter From Our Patron To Cllr Nick Forbes
Following the Blue House and Northern Access Corridor debacle, NewCycling’s campaign patron, the acclaimed transport journalist and writer Christian Wolmar, sends an open letter to the Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, to inspire confidence at the council for the necessary transport transition ahead. Click here to read our patron explaining what it feels and looks like to build world class cycleways, looking at recent developments in London.
Newcastle Council: Can You Deliver What You Have Promised?
Newcastle Council has agreed to go back to the drawing board with the Blue House roundabout, and is hopefully rethinking the full corridor in the process. In light of this, we would like to explore how the council might use the evident public support for doing things differently, getting away from outdated methods of transport planning, and show true leadership to deliver change. To read the questions we pose to the council to help them direct their efforts towards meeting policy mandates and a better future city, click here.
Call For Donations – Grow Your Tenner 2016
It’s Grow Your Tenner time again! Last year match-funding ran out after just 11 days and we raised an impressive £620. This year, with your help, we want to raise even more! The 'double-your-donation' match-funding scheme opens at 10am on Tuesday 18 October and runs until 5pm on Thursday 17 November 2016, or until the funding pot runs out – whichever comes first. So if you’d like to participate, please mark your calendars now, and read our article (click here) on how to donate and how donations work.
Cycling & Society 2016 – Our Presentation
Committee member Sally Watson presented findings from our NewcastleGateshead assessment at the Cycling & Society Symposium in Lancaster. This is a conference organised by academia, which fosters close contact with cycle advocacy. Sally talked about the Local Plan – NewcastleGateshead’s planning policy – and looked at 'push and pull' measures, concluding with useful tips for campaigners and activists. Click here to read more about the symposium and to see the presentation slides.
Newcastle Cycling Campaign is a not-for-profit community group, run by volunteers, lobbying for a city with space for cycling. Join us today to help us shout out even louder for a cycling-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.
Please consider donating online to the Campaign through Localgiving. Many thanks!