Newcastle Cycleways Movement Inc is a band of people committed to improving conditions for cycling in Newcastle. NCM was formed in 1977, the first bicycle user group in the state, to work with State and Local Government bodies to improve bicycle facilities in the Greater Newcastle Area. Its aims are to promote the safe responsible use of bicycles for transport, leisure and fitness.
NCM has been represented on the planning commitee for the Fernleigh track, and has members on the Newcastle City Council cycling strategy working party. It participates in regional forums with the Roads & Maritime Service (ex RTA) and lobbies on behalf of cycling whenever the opportunity arises. NCM also has an active social rides calendar.
The first major success for NCM was the implementation of the Newcastle Area Bike Plan in 1978 which guided the construction of the East-West cycleway from the centre of Newcastle westward to Wallsend, with links to the University, sections of a North-South route and scores of other improvements and spot treatments in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Council areas. The Bike Plan also trialled Education and Enforcement programs for the State. NCM was also involved in conjunction with the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle City Councils and a group of consultants to revise the 1981 bike plan.
NCM holds regular monthly meetings and weekend rides to which all are invited. New members are made welcome.