News clippping – Bus drivers on bikes (12 September 2012).

Bus drivers on bikes – Stagecoach Cycle to Work scheme breaks £1 million barrier – Company staff also among those attending Newcastle Cycling Campaign cycle awareness day in June (12 September 2012)

In June this year, Newcastle Cycling Campaign organised the city’s first cycle awareness workshop, with campaign member Tanja Cooper, who organised the event, saying: “The management of all major bus operators in Newcastle – Arriva, GoAhead, Nexus and Stagecoach – fully supported the workshop.

“An evenly split group of 20 cyclists and bus drivers and managers attended.

“There seemed to be a little apprehension in the air at the start, but this turned very quickly into a rather lively, good natured and constructive discussion.

“Everyone joined in and both sides gave advice and we learned how to watch out for each other in future. The Campaign’s very encouraged by the level of support and interest from Newcastle City Council and Newcastle’s bus operators.

“We had nothing but positive feedback. We are now thinking of regular workshops. A joint bike has also been mooted.”

One attendee, Karl Rowe of rival bus operator Arriva, commented: “As both a bus driver and a cyclist I found the meeting extremely useful in highlighting ways in which I can play my part in helping to keep both cyclists and myself safe on the roads in Newcastle.

“It was exciting to see both what is available for the Newcastle cyclist and how seriously our safety on the roads is being taken, and will be passing on what I learnt to my colleagues back at the depot”.