"Dear Members

To all, both new joiners and rejoiners, Happy(and safe) New Year from  the Chair and the Campaign.

If you have joined recently, welcome and thank you; and if renewing membership, thank you very much.

This is a critical time for cycling in Wolverhampton as various transport initiatives, both city centre and further afield, loom large on the horizon. Also looming are local elections in 2014 and national elections in 2015. So please spare no effort to impress upon local politicians how crucial decent cycling facilities are for the city.

The Campaign has been active in representing the interests of cyclists across all of these. Campaign members recently made some fairly forthright comments to local councillors and officers on the dire lack of coherent cycling infrastructure at a Business  & Enterprise Scrutiny Panel on 7th January. This was convened to  revisit the Council's 2005 (!) Cycle Strategy. To drive home our points, we have left both officers and members with copies of the WoW draft cycling strategy recently circulated. We have also conveyed cycling viewpoints at Centro's Black Country Partner Engagement Group in  December and prior to that, to Centro at the last Cycle Forum in the context of the transport interchange.

This will be a critical year for Wolverhampton  as it seeks to address some fundamental shortcomings in how the city is structured and perceived. The voice of local cyclists must be heard. Please take some time to look through www.wolvesonwheels.org.uk to see how you can participate.  A new opt-in members' forum is planned for the website, which you can join if you wish and use for networking with other members.

To conclude, I'd like to thank David Wilson for being an organised and efficient Secretary, Steve Spencer for being a watchful and efficient Treasurer and Steve Young for all the work he has put in on the website. In addition a vote of thanks is due to Mike Jenkins for general scouting and sleuthing in local media and consultation plans, and to David Holman for time invested in writing an excellent riposte to the initial dismal City Centre Public Realm proposals. Keep up the good work all.

Enough from me. Safe riding in 2014.

best wishes

Julia Brant

Chair, Wolves on Wheels Cycle Campaign"

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