Campaign writes to Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside

The Highways Agency announced today its preferred design for changes to the A1058 / A19 Silverlink Junction. Concerned at the impact on the Coast Road Cycle Route we’ve written to Mary Glindon MP asking her to help ensure that the safety and efficiency of the cycle route is a key design consideration. “I’ve read with interest your comments on The Times Safe Cycling Campaign, and also your lobbying for improvements to the A19 – A1058 Junction at Silverlink. Now that appears that a project at Silverlink will progress within the next few years I am writing to ask you to[…]

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Campaign Nudges Crossing Design in Tynemouth

Members of the campaign together with Sustrans and CTC met with North Tyneside Council last night at the junction of Beach Road & Broadway in Tynemouth A193/A1058. Hopefully we will have succeeded in nudging the design in the right direction before it gets to North Tyneside Cycling Forum for more formal consultation. We took along the attached ideas board, and our comments are summarised below, are we getting it right here? Campaign Comments: The existing crossing is very heavily used by bicycle traffic. While we were there bicycle traffic outnumbered pedestrian traffic by some margin and was made up of[…]

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Talk to us say North East cyclists

Some of you will remember taking part in a research project led by Dr Seraphim Alvanides and Godwin Yeboah from Northumbria University. Everyday cyclists were equipped with GPS and their local trips over a week were tracked, mapped and analysed. Preliminary results are now available and have been presented at the Royal Geographical Society international conference in Edinburgh, 3-5 July 2012. According to the researchers, the current “designated” cycling routes as shown on maps and sign-posted on the roads do not all make “cycling” sense… And “Road engineers do not pay enough attention to the needs of cyclists”. For an[…]

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Quality of life only with cycling

14.07.2012 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Newcastle Cycling Campaign asks for political leadership and action, tells Newcastle Councillor responsible for cycling what exactly is needed, and expresses dismay towards recent road works in North Tyneside. Katja Leyendecker of Newcastle Cycling Campaign said “Our politicians may talk about the importance of quality of life and fairness, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty, they simply don’t know what to do. Truth is, that you can have neither without a massive increase in cycling. People on bikes are like an indicator species for a good city. Build sensible cycleways and citizens[…]

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We’ve written to Cllr Nigel Todd

Heartened by last year’s engagement and action on Brighton Grove, we’ve written to Newcastle’s local politician responsible for cycling, Cllr Nigel Todd, and ask for action. We’ve outlined the following four achievable targets for completion by 31 March 2012: 1. Allow cycling on Northumberland Street and make a start with out-of-shopping hours, as highlighted by the Safe Cycling petition in 2010 2. Map cycle lanes and give them double-yellow-line status (no parking in cycle lanes), as suggested by our patron Prof Stephen Singleton 3. Provide the definitive list of Newcastle’s one-way streets and allow contra-flow cycling in at least five[…]

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Charter of Vancouver – children’s right to cycle

We’ve signed the Charter of Vancouver because we think children have the right to cycle. It reads: As the UN stresses in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (*): • Childhood is entitled to special care and assistance • Education should be directed toward the development of the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential and respect for the natural environment • Governments recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development • Governments shall respect and promote the right[…]

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July 2012 – newsletter

YOUR MONTHLYISH UPDATE FROM THE CAMPAIGN 11 July 2012 = = = = = = = = = = = = Bus driver workshop On 27 June 2012 we joined forces with Newcastle City Council and Newcastle’s four bus companies to host the first ever cycling awareness workshop with bus drivers in Newcastle to improve road safety on our streets. Read more https://newcycling.org/news/20120702/cyclist-awareness-workshop-bus-drivers-newcastle Press release https://newcycling.org/news/20120705/cyclist-awareness-workshop-bus-drivers-held-newcastle-press-release = = = = = = = = = = = = Jesmond Cycle Chat with council On 20 June 2012 we attended a public meeting in Jesmond to discuss residents’ cycling matters with[…]

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