News clippings – Councils hit back at cycling critics

Chronicle (17 May 2013) Councils hit back at cycling critics (No link – so article has been replicated below) COUNCIL chiefs have it back at claims that they are not doing enough to support two-wheeled travel on Tyneside. Chairman [sic.] of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, Katja Leyendeker, claimed that while the city is “making the right noises” about encouraing more pople to convert to pedal power, so far there had been lttle to show for it. She also accused Gateshead Council of being “way behind in taking cycling seriously as a mode of transport” and as a result would “miss[…]

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Peter reports from Berlin

Berlin: Cycling city This story is part of our youReport series. With the grandparents still bonkers enough to offer to look after our kids we decided on Berlin for a city break. It didn’t even occur to me we would cycle much there, or that it would be a good place for it. I’d imagined we’d buy a travel pass or whatever. It dawned on me as we took the train from the airport that it looked extremely flat and as we planned to eat well we’d better burn it off as we went. As this article shows http://sf.streetsblog.org/2011/10/13/berlins-striking-cycling-renaissance/, Berlin[…]

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YouReport – tell us your story

A list of all the youReport stories you gave us is here. It’s simple. It’s holiday season. And we want to use it to our advantage. All of you out there – abroad possibly – possible cycling, possible sampling liveable cities. That fietsen force must be harnessed! Email us a couple of photos that show cycling provision that inspired you, maybe your experience made you think differently about public space and people. It needn’t be the obvious ones either. Copenhagen, Amsterdam or Newcastle’s twin town Groningen – world’s famous cycle town – are bikelicious, but other places are catching up[…]

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Is Newcastle Fit for Cycling?

After years of talk, frustrated cyclists want to know how serious Newcastle really is about creating safe conditions for everyone to cycle. There are good signs but bad ones too. What is Newcastle City Council doing to become a City Fit for Cycling? Nationally there are many positive signs. Department for Transport offering good chunks of cash to local authorities if they promise to take road space away from car use to create cycle routes; practical empirical research is taking place at the Transport Research Laboratory to determine gaps in the cycle infrastructure design and approval; and a national newspaper[…]

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