Tony reports from the Netherlands

Enschede : pedal in paradise This story is part of our youReport series. Tony says “It’s like cycling through paradise – Ijmuiden to Enschede.” It’s the Netherlands. Naturally. Off on the ferry and on his party went. Tony begins: It is wonderful to find so many traffic free routes. And in the towns, there is invariably a cycle route which usually includes a lane either on or beside the road – and at junctions, priority is given to the bike. Most of the paths we followed were dedicated to cycles though sometimes motor scooters are allowed. Between towns, the paths[…]

Read more

Katja addressing full council

Thank you Lord Mayor I stood here in the same spot almost three years ago in 2010 – I hope some of you might remember that occasion. I was recently reminded of just how much cycling is an important local issue when I read in the Chronicle the good news that Gateshead Council is investing £1.5m to make it easier for people to visit their new Trinity Square by bike. This route is crucial as it represents the connection between Gateshead and Newcastle. When I stood here three years ago I presented a petition to Council asking for your political[…]

Read more