Bikes On Metro Update

Over the past year the Newcastle Cycling Campaign has been working with Nexus and a number of other groups and organisations to produce a report that will be presented to the Nexus board regarding the integration of bikes and Metro.

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What’s preventing British people from cycling?

This is the question asked by the All Party Cycling Parliamentary group and their call for “evidence” closed early December. The Times Cities Fit for Cycling carried out an online survey to find out what the main barriers to cycling are. 14,000 people replied and the lack of cycling infrastructure came top of the list. In particular people said they would cycle more if there were for segregated cycle lanes and simpler and safer junctions. For the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain the main barriers to cycling are “the conditions on the roads, and hence the lack of any real[…]

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Walker goes Biking

We’ve come another step closer to seeing some cycling infrastructure in Newcastle soon. In recent years Newcastle council had removed more cycling space than it created. Now the tide may be turning… not quite a biblical shift but good enough for a Christmas present we think. The Walker route saw its technical consultation. Read our reply – in summary the verdict is “well done, much more is needed”. We also composed a joint press release with the Forum which got a mention in the Chronicle. If it all goes swimmingly (as usual, no pun intended) and the design quality is[…]

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Strategic Cycle Route gains traction and funding

Residents are being consulted on road safety improvements that have attracted a promise of £175,000 of new funding. The Walker to City Centre strategic cycle route is the first of a series of planned cycle routes approved unanimously by City Councillors. The aim is to enhance road safety for pedestrians, cyclists and school children, especially along a stretch of Welbeck Road in Newcastle’s East End. New zebra crossings, more distinctive highway markings for residents’ car parking, and overall reductions in traffic speeds are key features of the scheme. Other benefits include making it possible for more people from the East[…]

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Technical consultation – Walker – our reply

From: Newcastle Cycling Campaign Newcycling Date: 16 December 2012 Subject: Fwd: Traffic Management Proposals : Proposed Waiting Restrictions on Welbeck Road Dear all WELBECK ROAD We support and welcome the proposals to improve cycling conditions – and indeed public realm in general – along the Welbeck corridor in Walker. This is excellent news for residents, shops and schools (amongst others) along that stretch, as well as local people of the surrounding wards and areas. Everyone should embrace this fantastic development with open arms. We are therefore unsure why Cllr David Wood feels he wants to hold up the process on[…]

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Log your maintenance problems

During the recent cold spell, it’s the Town Moor paths and Armstrong Bridge that came to our attention. Whereas the Robinson Library underpass also suffers the added complication of flooding. The other two underpasses in the Brandling / Exhibition Park vicinity, though of lesser strategic importance, can be rendered impassable by heavy rain as well. All these locations pose problems to people walking and cycling. View Maintenance problems in a larger map Many of you already let us know about your maintenance woes which is great, and prompted us to set up the webpage. Keep it coming. It’s your action![…]

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APPCG parliamentary inquiry

We’ve submitted evidence to the parliamentary inquiry http://allpartycycling.org/inquiry/ Our conclusions and recommendations are > We want to see an annual allocation of a national budget to cycling infrastructure > We ask cycling to be integrated into national and local government plans > Cycle monitoring data ought to be published by local authorities for public scrutiny and comment > We want local authorities to be enabled to use innovative cycle design > Re-instate Cycling England and commit DfT resources to help develop local cycling infrastructure design expertise

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News clippings – Car use in decline?

Road.cc (3 December 2012) Car use in decline? RAC Foundation report says Peak Car theory oversimplifies the issues http://road.cc/content/news/71626-car-use-decline-rac-foundation-report-says-peak-car-theory-oversimplifies-issues “In the North East & Cumbria, the programme focused on the dangers facing cyclists on the region’s roads and included interviews with Carlton Reid, executive editor of BikeBiz and founder of the I Pay Road Tax website, plus Katja Leyendecker from the Newcastle Cycling Campaign.”

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