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Welcome to the newsletter for March.

With the Newcastle Cycling Campaign AGM fast approaching, see our first article below to read the proposed Campaign plan and priorities, and get ready to discuss. All members should have now received their invitations: we hope you can make it and please let us know if you are able to attend.

Other stories this month include thoughts on infrastructure for kids cycling to school; our views on the plans for John Dobson Street and on the final design of Acorn Road; and our ask for a ring-fenced budget for cycling infrastructure, which made it to the press a few weeks before Newcastle was awarded £10m from DfT for cycling infrastructure improvements.

Upcoming dates for the diary include:
  • 24 March AGM 2015 – Come and help us shape our campaigning plans for the year ahead at The Cycle Hub. Registration and drinks at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm kick off.
  • 25 April Space 4 Cycling Ride 2015 – Show solidarity and unity for Space 4 Cycling and win the continued support of local politicians.
Keep on pedalling!

The management committee for Newcastle Cycling Campaign

Campaign Plan For 2015/16

In the run up to the AGM, we are again pulling together our campaign plan for the coming year so we can organise our volunteer resources by agreeing on, prioritising and tackling the important jobs that need doing. To read the draft campaign plan, with four proposed areas for discussion, click here.

Our Take On The Big Pedal

The ‘school run’ is a hot topic. It is a road traffic and safety problem and should be addressed as such. People find it hard to walk or cycle due to the dominance of motor traffic and lack of safe space. An article by Sally, our Jesmond branch chair, discusses travelling to school by ‘alternative means’ from several parents' perspectives (click here), while you can read the campaign's press release about this matter here.

John Dobson Street

Last month Newcastle City Council made plans for John Dobson Street public, which the campaign sees as very positive for the future of this area of the city. To read the campaign's response to the preliminary consultation, click here. NewCycling will continue to work with the Technical Advisory Group to progress the detailed design.

Acorn Road

Following the release of the proposed plans by Newcastle City Council for the development of Acorn Road in Jesmond, you can read the response from the campaign here. To read about the new plans on Jesmond Local, where you can also join in the debate and leave a comment, click here.

Council Budget

The campaign featured in an article in the Chronicle highlighting the call for a special budget to be set aside for cycling infrastructure. As reported on the Chronicle Live website, the article mentions the recommendation that a ring-fenced budget is needed in the city to build fit-for-purpose cycleways to fully open up the activity to people of all ages and abilities. Read more here.

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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