Bike Life report 2017 – the people have spoken

The people of Newcastle have spoken:

74% of residents support building more protected roadside cycle lanes, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic”

 

What more does the Council need to hear to build protected cycleways?

For the second time, the survey shows overwhelming support for dedicated space for cycling over road space for cars. The general population again made their voice heard. These statistics come at no surprise, as 42% of Newcastle households do not even have a car, and car ownership does not preclude Newcastle citizens demanding better space efficiency, cleaner air and urban environments for all. Cycle infrastructure means a more economical, social, and environmental use of space. It’s good for the city and it’s good for the people.

Cabinet member for transport

This is what Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet portfolio holder for Transport and Air quality, said:

We are delighted to present, in conjunction with Sustrans and The Freshfield Foundation, the 2017 edition of Bike Life.

Newcastle City Council recognises the importance that cycling plays in delivering an effective transport system, fundamental to the future economic growth and liveability of our city.

As one of only eight Cycle Ambition Cities in England, Newcastle has been able to invest in the development of a cycling network to realise our ambition. A number of schemes are taking shape across the city, as part of our capital programme of works. They include connecting and making provision for people on bikes in the city centre, as well as in a number of retail and residential areas around the city.

The further we get in delivering improvements, the more we realise there is yet to be done. Some of our plans about how we are going to develop cycling further are also set out in this report. In this context, it is worth highlighting that the City Council has recognised the increasing concerns over poor air quality that are being raised by residents in the city. We have responded rapidly by creating a new Cabinet Portfolio of Transport and Air Quality and a new form of governance linking decisions in transport to public health via the Healthy Streets Board.

The 2015 edition of Bike Life helped to demonstrate the value of cycling to the city and to strengthen the case for investment in developing a safe and attractive network that enables more people to get out on bikes.

We look forward to using the 2017 edition to recognise the achievements we have made, but also to help make the case for additional and further investment in cycling in Newcastle. This will help achieve better health, environmental and air quality improvements, and enable more people to make everyday journeys in a cheap, fun and environmentally friendly way.

Councillor Arlene Ainsley
Cabinet Member for Transport and Air Quality Newcastle City Council