A resident’s letter – Times blackspots

Date: 28 April 2012 Subject: South Gosforth roundabout To: Cllrs Renton, Taylor, Gallagher, Leggott, Slesenger, Dear ward Councillors I am not sure which ward to address this to. The location is seemingly on a boundary. I live in East Gosforth. Have you heard about The Times campaign ‘Cities Fit For Cycling’? The council has signed up to it as an early supporter. You may have seen this recent article? It’s stating: “The South Gosforth Roundabout in Newcastle, the James Barton Roundabout in Bristol and the Brook Hill Roundabout in Sheffield were singled out by many cyclists.” http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3392916.ece May I ask[…]

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North Tyneside breaks cycle pledge – press release

25.04.2012 PRESS RELEASE – NORTH TYNESIDE BREAKS CYCLE PLEDGE At a time of heightened awareness and concerns for cyclists’ safety a local authority chooses to abandon best principles and puts cyclists in harms way. Nationally The Times’ call for ‘Cities Fit For Cycling’ has done a lot to pull cycling into the public arena. Broadcaster Jon Snow and The Times editor James Harding made a plea to the government’s Transport Committee this week to make cycling safe by showing governmental leadership, changes in the law, designating a budget and construction of cycleways. North Tyneside Borough Council signed up in March[…]

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Children Serve Notice On Marden Bridge – press release

The young people of North Tyneside have served North Tyneside Council with notice on their flawed road design on Marden Bridge, giving the Council 14 days to make the bridge safe. Father of two Tom Bailey said “this notice is being served on behalf of all of the young people of North Tyneside who deserve safe streets and the freedom to ride their bikes to get around. Its immoral to be encouraging kids to ride their bikes and at the same time to be ignoring their safety when redesigning Marden Bridge. Copies of the notice are going to local Councillors[…]

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Marden Bridge – It just gets worse

Despite multiple objections being lodged North Tyneside have gone ahead and put new parking bays into operation on Marden Bridge. We’ve told them its unsafe and restricts bicycle access into the town centre, but they just don’t seem to care.

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Liaising with our MPs

Over the last week, we have been busy replying to communications from our MPs Catherine McKinnell and Chi Onwurah. – We’ve responded to Chi who had facilitated a reply from Barry Rowland, chief executive of Newcastle City Council – Catherine, our most prolific communicant, blogged about the Summer of Cycling and we asked whether it was possible to clarify with the Minister the much-mentioned National Cycle Stakeholder Forum, its terms of references, makeup and transparency We’ve also recently written to Barry Rowland, chief executive of Newcastle City Council, how he sees the excellent 1Plan implemented – NewcastleGateshead’s economic and spatial[…]

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Bike buddy nomination form

As a Tyneside cyclist, simply fill in this online form http://surveymonkey.com/s/3N86GD8 or contact us on https://newcycling.org/contact. We have made it really easy for you cyclists to sign up your ‘Summer of Cycling’ bike buddy with us. Your bike buddy could be anyone from a family member or a friend, to a work colleague or a councillor. And here’s how it works: 1. You nominate a cycle buddy to the Newcastle Cycling Campaign (closing 30 April) 2. Campaign will contact your buddy to complete a baseline questionnaire 3. After the ‘Summer of Cycling’ the Campaign will gather feedback from all buddies[…]

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Council snubs its own safe cycling pledge – press release

02.04.2012 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Local government fails cycling again – Portas Report blamed for putting parking before people – Campaign appeals for help from Minister Like many local authorities North Tyneside was quick to pledge its support for The Times Cities Fit For Cycling Campaign. But local bicyclists say the pledge was mere lip service as construction at a key location on the A193 was underway making it dangerously unfit for cycling. Since 2004 the Traffic Management Act has put a legal duty on local highway authorities to prioritise through traffic, including pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Despite[…]

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