Welcome to our first newsletter for 2016!
A belated Happy New Year to everyone, and as we start 2016 the Committee is busy preparing the campaign plan for the coming year, so please put the date for our AGM in your diary (more on this below).
This month we keep at Newcastle Council's Chief Executive to inform her of what we have found out in our five years of the campaign's existence, and what we now must see happen in Newcastle. We also survey our councillors to discuss priorities for space for cycling; send a reply to the council about proposals for Broadway to Brunton Lane; and report back from our attendance at Edinburgh's Festival of Cycling.
Upcoming dates for the diary include:
- 12 April NewCycling AGM – This year our AGM will take place a little bit later than normal to avoid the Easter period. The venue in the city centre will be confirmed in the next newsletter, and it will start at 6:00pm.
Keep on pedalling!
The management committee for Newcastle Cycling Campaign
Governing The Transport Transition
Over the last couple of months, we have written two letters to Pat Ritchie, the Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council, and have now written a third letter examining the bidding system for transport projects (click here to read it). Another request for the council to get more active in providing 'Leadership for Transport Transition', and to engage more with NewCycling, can be found here. And finally, Katja also talks about offers to take Pat out on a bike ride in her New Year message, in 'On yer bike, Pat, for Newcastle'.
Newcastle Councillor Survey – Space 4 Cycling
At the end of 2014, Newcastle was the top English Core City for Space for Cycling political support, with the support of 67% of local councillors. On 30 December 2015 we again contacted all Newcastle Councillors to ask them for their Space for Cycling thoughts and priorities. And to help up with this, we are asking all of our members to get in touch with your councillors and ask them to complete the survey. Read the article here for the top priorities among local councillors.
Our Reply: Great North Road – Broadway To Brunton Lane Engagement
As the proposed scheme is currently going through engagement, we thank the council for the opportunity to feedback our thoughts on this encouraging-looking scheme, and are using this opportunity to make comments that we hope will be useful to develop the scheme further. To read our response to the engagement event carried out by the council, click here.
Report From Edinburgh’s Women’s Cycle Forum 2015
A small delegation from Newcastle went up for the day to take part in the Women’s Cycle Forum at Edinburgh Festival of Cycling － one of Edinburgh’s youngest festivals. After a variety of talks, there discussions on subjects such as infrastructure, presumed liability, local campaigning and getting students interested in cycling. Our own Chair, Katja Leyendecker, chaired the infrastructure table, and you can read more about the festival, including Katja's report on the event, here.
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.
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