A resident’s letter – cycling dangerspots

Date: 30 June 2012 Subject: Re: South Gosforth roundabout To: Cllrs Leggott, Slesenger, Gallagher Cc: Cllrs Murison, Todd, Faulkner Dear ward Councillors cc Cabinet Environment & Transport, opposition leader I’d really value your action on this. Norman Baker, Under-Secretary of State, has set aside £15m for junction improvements for cyclists, nationwide excl London (which itself received £15m separately) http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3457523.ece. As you can see, Newcastle is seen as a city of inaction, despite the early signing up to the Cities Fit for Cycling campaign – doing something in word, not in deed. The junctions that are a hindrance to cycling at[…]

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Family fun day

DATE CHANGED Just a loosely organised family fun day in combination with another cycling-related Exhibition Park event. Bring your kids, bikes and a spot of lunch. Location: Exhibition Park. Let us know if you are coming and we can organise a cycle convoy!

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Public Health – letter to Directors of Public Health

With recent changes to the health landscape, we’ve written to the three Directors of Public Health in Tyneside alerting them to how cycling’s contribution to health will help towards their goal of a healthier Tyneside. For cycling to truly thrive, spending on infrastructure is vital, and we look towards health directors to use their new influence over council spending. Here’s the letter: Dear Director of Public Health LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND CYCLING As Public Health moves into local authorities from the NHS we wish to highlight cycling as a valuable public health intervention. This was something Liam Donaldson discussed in[…]

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Jesmond cycle chat with council – press release

24.06.2012 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On Wednesday locals came flocking to the Cricket Club to discuss getting around safely in Jesmond, walking and cycling. The bike racks were parked up with thirty local people attending and keen to make their view heard. Tony Waterston, Transition Jesmond, set the scene “Jesmond is ideal cycling territory but at present there is heavy traffic and no safe spaces for cyclists. So few children cycle to school, few ladies cycle to the shops and not many older gents cycle to work. We plan to change this. “We in Transition Jesmond are campaigning for[…]

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Love the Netherlands, Go Newcastle! (originally posted on CEoGB)

Claire Prospert of Newcastle Cycling attended the latest Hembrow Study Tour of Assen and Groningen. In order to whet your appetite for the next one, here's what she found: First of all, I’m not a blogger and this is my first attempt at writing a piece about cycling. I’m not a cycling expert either, I’m just a simple girl who rides a bike in Newcastle and turned into an active campaigner because, above all, I believe that collectively we can change a lot for the better. I’m not doing it because I’m some kind of anti-car eco-warrior; I’m campaigning so[…]

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Grey Street is dangerous

We really do agree with this question about Grey Street. Written Question to Councillor Murison, (WRITTEN 1) Cabinet Member for Quality of Life from Councillor Henry Gallagher Page 48 of the 1Plan states: “Too many streets and spaces are dominated by cars and buses – even Grey Street is invaded by traffic.” It further states on page 78: “We need to establish principles for access and parking in the urban core, based on a ring of car parks and an effective traffic management regime. This will reduce the amount of traffic and enable the progressive removal of parked cars from[…]

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Cycle campaigner scouts continental success story – press release

05.06.2012 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Newcastle aspires to get more people on the bike. Yet cities rarely turn to their world class cycling neighbours such as the Netherlands for learning and expertise. Claire Prospert from the Newcastle Cycling Campaign however self-funded a study tour to Assen and Groningen – where up to 40% of all trips are made by bike – to sample their recipe for success and see what it really is that makes Dutch people leave the car at home and joyfully jump on a bicycle instead. Claire says: “People think that the Dutch cycle because it’s[…]

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Cycle counters map

We are keeping an eye on monitoring cycle use in Newcastle. A number of cycle counters have been installed in Newcastle over the past years, and we’ve created a map to “keep track” of where these are. We will review these locations to make sure they are right: specially once the strategic cycle routes are agreed it will be a good time to check these overlap. Quantifying cycling is important: the counters will provide data that can be used – amongst other things – to evaluate effectiveness of schemes and for building cases for funding bids. It’s vital that this[…]

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