Jesmond public space discussion (DIY Streets)

Sustrans’ DIY Streets works closely with local communities to help them to redesign their neighbourhood affordably, putting people back at its heart and making it safer, more attractive, and more conducive to walking and cycling. We want to improve your neighbourhood and we want you to help! What’s good about Jesmond? What’s bad? Come and have your say. We hope that as many as possible (Jesmondites and beyond) will attend the meeting arranged for 13th November when Kieran McSherry from Sustrans will introduce us to the DIY Streets concept. Jesmond Library, St. George’s Terrace Wednesday 13th November – 6.30 –[…]

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Acorn Street improvement group

The agenda will be as follows: 1. Update on progress with improving the corners – Hugh 2. Cycle parking – Tony 3. Update on particle measurements – Margaret (20 mins) 4. DIY streets and Acorn Road – Kieran (30 mins) 5. Discussion: future of the group – Tony There are new developments to report in relation the the Cycle City Ambition fund which will benefit Jesmond and specifically Acorn Road (particularly the Osborne Road end). Kieran will be leading the DIY streets approach from Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity. There is funding from the Cycle City Ambition Fund to apply[…]

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Jesmond in 2020 – urban planning in Europe

Speaker: Armelle Tardiveau Armelle is an architect and lecturer at Newcastle University. She will cover the ideas being used in a number of European cities to make them more people friendly through better urban design. Could they apply to Jesmond? Entry fee £3 About Jesmond Library Talks series: Jesmond in 2020: how it might change and how this could benefit us all A series of talks organized by Transition Jesmond to look at the future of Jesmond in the light of current trends in energy, transport and the environment. To ensure maximum benefit, attendance at the whole series is encouraged[…]

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Jesmond Library : Jesmond in 2020 pressures for change

Speaker: Tony Waterston Why does Jesmond need to change for the better? The pressure of traffic, council cuts, globalisation and climate Tony Waterston is a retired consultant paediatrician who currently leads a child health teaching programme in Palestine. The talk will cover the impact of social and environmental trends on our community over the next 20yrs. Entry fee £3

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Statistically speaking – visualised

Newcastle is less dependent on the car than Councillors and civil servants would like you to believe. We had a look behind the scenes… at the statistics. It started with Neil Murphy putting the Census 2011 data into context for us here and Claire Prospert summarising and explaining further here. Whilst cycle to work numbers (this is the data the Census collects) are generally pitifully low compared to our European brothers and sisters who enjoy 10, 20 even 50 and 60% of bike-commute modal share, in Newcastle it’s the wards North-Northeast of the city centre that cycle more. The highest[…]

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Newcastle is not a car city

Newcastle cyclists want to see action by their council as Census 2011 data shows that over 40% of Newcastle’s households do not have a car. This new data makes it only fair to ask for much more space to be provided for walking and cycling. Novocastrians are less car-centred than civil servants make out and politicians are led to believe. Two out of five households do not use a car and cycling is on the rise, albeit slow. Campaigners are yet again to give literature to the decision-makers to bring them up to ‘walking and cycling speed’: a decelerated lifestyle[…]

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Pollution, cars and streets

The Acorn Road planning group heard an excellent presentation on traffic emissions and air quality by Professor Margaret Bell CBE, Newcastle University, on 18 July 2013 at Jesmond Legion. Conclusion: • a sustainable future rests with ‘doing things differently’ • a substantial reduction in vehicle kilometres driven is essential • spatial and transport planning is key as journeys can be kept short, green and healthy Traffic pollution, climate change and restricting car use from Katsdekker Some key points of the talk: • UK has a binding target to reduce CO2 by 67% by 2010 over 2010 level, and to meet[…]

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