Newcycling, Newcastle’s cycling campaign, urges Newcastle City Council to follow in Brighton & Hove’s footstep and open up one-way streets for cycling. This is a common practice elsewhere with plenty of guidance material and case studies available. Even the Department for Transport waded in recently to make conversion easier for councils to achieve. Cycle campaigners vow to help council in the process too.
Cycling is all about safe routes and good connectivity. Allowing cycling through one-way streets means that detours could be shortened and routes simplified, making it more intuitive and user-friendly to cycle around the city. Cyclists have now created a map showing the extent of the problem posed by one-way streets. Some one-way systems such as Clayton Street and through Bigg Market are show-stoppers to cycling. Navigating the city centre is particularly difficult and that’s where the concentration of one-way streets can be found.
Katja Leyendecker, chair of the organisation, says “We, at Newcycling, are “banging on” about space for cycling and roadspace reallocation – and we have to, as that’s how we will ultimately bring about a fair deal for cycling making it a good, safe, convenient choice for everybody.
“Our insistence on cycle contraflows is just to show that even the ancillary, easy and inexpensive stuff the council hasn’t managed to do to date. Officials may periodically tell us ‘not to worry, it’s all in train – it’ll happen, one day’. But we have heard that for too many years and there is no real plan. Where is their Cycle City Ambition? As always, we are here to help. The only thing they need to do is ask.”
One-way streets mapped http://newcycling.org/data-one-way-streets-contraflows-and-permeability
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View Contraflows (July 2014) in a larger map