Our Priorities for 2012/13

With our aim to create a cycle-friendly city with a deep-rooted and flourishing cycling culture, our objectives are to improve the cycling infrastructure in and around Newcastle and champion and promote cycling.

Keeping a focus on our local priorities, below, we will work with others to achieve our aims and objectives. We will lobby, influence, build relationship and trust, engage in debate and foster dialogue. We will hassle and challenge, inspire and enthuse.

During our AGM in March 2012 we discussed this year’s priorities. We’ve decided on keeping last year’s priorities, and applying a ranking to them. Without further ado here they are:

1) ENGAGING PEOPLE:
Educate and involve decision-makers and practitioners such as political/senior/institutional buy-in for example through City Chief Cycling Challenge and Councillor survey, engage cross-sector – not just a transport issue – also health, new developments: council planners and engineer skills
2) PHYSICAL CHANGES TO THE STREETSCAPE:
Strategic cycle network with key corridors into the city centre such as identify and assess radial routes, user-friendly maps (interactive/online, hard copies), audit and monitoring of cycling infrastructure, maintenance of network
Improve permeability within the city centre such as encourage introduction of shared-use spaces, ask for a review of traffic light system, lobby for a user-friendly blanket 20mph-city centre
Creating liveable neighbourhoods such as work to make local streets safe for walking and cycling, create high-quality child-friendly cycle routes, more flush kerb, contra-flows, draw from best cycling practice, 20mph zones and Home Zones
3) CHANGES IN PERCEPTION:
Integration of bikes in public transport such as Metro (better access to stations, parking, bikes on metro), central station (access by bike, parking), buses (cycle parking at main interchanges, bicycles on buses)
Road users debate such as generate better understanding, respect, tolerance for cyclists, contribute and participate at the Strict Liability debate, promote the image of cycling as being normal and mainstream, everyday cycling
Nice to haves, already in progress…:
More cycling ancillaries such as cycle stands, signage, a cycle hub in the city centre
Promoting cycling and wider engagement such as contribute to Bike Week and encourage/support positive activities, organise and hold an annual cycling conference, engagement with the private sector, more events: car free day, family bike ride, film festival

Current priorities

Previous year’s priorities
Priorities 11/12