Bikes on Metro – Looking Forward

Over the last year the Newcastle Cycling Campaign has been working with a number of other local groups to make recommendations to the Nexus board regarding the Metro and Bikes. On 10th January the Nexus board met and considered the proposals put forward by the group, the outcome of which is below. Carriage of bikes on the Metro – The Nexus board shares our “aspiration to allow carriage of full-size bicycles on Metro” and they have requested that further evaluation is carried out to determine whether bikes can be safely carried on the Metro, and the possibility of this being[…]

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Have Your Say – Gosforth Transport and Cycle Route Improvements

Organised by Newcastle council, please come along and give a strong voice to cycling improvements. Every help appreciated! There will be’ table discussions’, and the the clearer we can get the message across how important safe space is for cycling (current and new cyclists) the better. The basic points screaming out to be made are – cycle lanes / paths give clarity of space – cycle lanes / paths afford safety – blocked cycle lanes / paths (parked cars) are useless – interrupted cycle lanes / paths (by silly design) are useless All we’d like to see is a space[…]

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Foot Power, Pedal Power

A user safety report will be launched. Now Living Streets, the National charity for walkers, has joined forces with the Newcastle Cycling Campaign to call for action to be taken. Walkers and cyclists have teamed up to ask for improvements at a notorious road junction in Newcastle. Haddricks Mill has already been cited by The Times as being one of the worst junctions in the UK for cycling. Colin Green, chair of the Tyneside Living Streets group said “This junction and much of the surrounding area is intimidating for walkers and prevents children walking to nearby schools. The environment and[…]

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Our response to the NE-LEP (Adonis) call for evidence

Dear Andrew Sorry about the late reply. I understand you asked for comments on NE LEP and only heard about it now. Grapevine grows slowly sometimes. We are a community group run entirely by volunteers (time-poor and passion-rich) and our response will hence be short & quick, as you will undoubtedly appreciate. I won’t ‘bore’ you with arduously listing all the fantastic benefits cycling can bring to the economy as I understand you are an avid supporter of cycling yourself. But what I do have to express is my shock to see a total absence of cycling acknowledgement in the[…]

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Get involved in Cycling Tynedale!

Campaigning is spreading its wings across the region – a brand new cycling campaign has recently been launched in Tynedale by Paul Goldsmith and Ted Liddle, two enthusiastic cyclists who would like to see more and better cycle route, cycling facilities and cycling schemes in the Tyne Valley and surrounding area. If you live in the area or cycle around there and would like to become a supporter, please email Ted at info@cyclingtynedale.org The group meets regularly, just check the website http://cyclingtynedale.org for dates and news. Lots of opportunities to get involved!!

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Living Streets – Haddricks Mill

The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss the attached report “Foot Power, Pedal Power – promoting active and sustainable travel: A report on the Haddricks Mill area“. This is the result of the Walkabout that was carried out in October 2012. The report has been compiled as a collaboration of Living Streets with the Newcastle Cycling Campaign. Newcastle Arts Centre is close to the Central Station, at 67 Westgate Road close to the junction with Grainger Street. Go across the courtyard and through the double doors. We will be in the First Floor Conference Room. Accompanying press release[…]

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Council officials ignore road safety concerns

Safety feedback from the cycle community gets thumbs down from council officials as changes are too expensive and unpopular with residents, says written council response to the Jesmond cycle improvements plan. The group held a crisis meeting with Councillors in December to discuss the fall-out from this damning response from council officers to its road safety plan, which proposed six routes across the suburb from residential areas to the shopping centre and schools, and short journeys easily done by bike. The carefully composed community plan – eight months in the making – asks for important road safety changes such as[…]

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New Year 2013 – here we come!

Last year we put cycling firmly on Newcastle’s political agenda. And what was true then, remains true now. We have the City chiefs and a good number of local Councillors on cycling’s side. It’s excellent and we thank these political pedal pioneers. The real convincing will now take place on a ‘ward level’ when cycling improvements are proposed. Local Councillors have recently opposed cycle plans in Walker and Walkergate on spurious grounds; and the jury’s still out for the Gosforth bike proposal. Unfortunately, Councillors can be prone to playing political games and to party posturing. This is despite everyone’s full[…]

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