Another successful Kidical Mass ride in North Tyneside

Our second Kidical Mass ride of 2023 was held on Sunday 24th September to coincide with rides around the world, including over 30 rides – and over 3500 riders – in the UK alone. The weekend also followed World Car Free Day, which takes place every year on 22nd September, all of which helps to send a powerful message surrounding the need for safer streets, especially for children.

We welcomed a total of 160 riders across both legs, with starting points in North Shields and Whitley Bay. The weather was thankfully a little kinder to us than our ride earlier in the year, and as usual, families and riders of all ages turned out to take part. The ride is a fun opportunity for families to ride together, often on routes they wouldn’t be comfortable using on their own, but it carries a serious message.

Many of those who take part in Kidical Mass rides wouldn’t be able to independently cycle on much of the routes we use, and are locked out of many many more, owing to levels of motor traffic, badly designed junctions and infrastructure, and antisocial parking. And as yet another ride passes us by without any further action by North Tyneside Council on the promised Sustainable Seafront Route, which includes segregated cycleways, the message could not be clearer.

What now?

Our campaign asks remain the same; and we’d love for you to continue to call on your local councillors and representatives to support and champion them, especially as we creep ever closer to the local elections in May 2024.

Can you help us?

Can you spare some time to be more involved with Street Life? We’re looking for more volunteers to help shape our campaign, and play small (and large) parts in campaigning for better streets in North Tyneside.

To have an even greater impact, we need enthusiastic people who share our vision. Whether you want better cycling infrastructure, improved walking routes or streets in which kids can play safely.

You don’t need to commit lots of time, there are plenty of different things you can do. Whether it’s brainstorming ideas, raising issues with local councillors, contributing to consultations, organising meetings and events, building our membership or being vocal about local change, we’d love to have you as part of our committee.

Drop us an email to find out more or let us know you’re interested!

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