Newcastle’s loopy lanes (revisited)

As part of the big announcement, we reported here, we hear thoughts on city cycling by the leader of Newcastle City Council himself when he was speaking to BBC Look North yesterday. In the television interview Cllr Nick Forbes said : “A lot of the problems that we have at the moment is that the cycle routes often disappear either onto the pavement or into the middle of the road at short notice. We want to create a proper strategic cycle network right across the city connecting where people live with where people work.” Yes, please. And on the BBC[…]

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Peeping at the pockets of the Prime Minister

Today the Prime Minister announced investment in cycling. The numbers aren’t exactly clear yet; they are still bouncing up and down like the stock exchange – but what is clear is Newcastle’s success in getting £6m from the Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF). We reported about the bid here. Let’s have a look at today’s figures and what they mean for Newcastle. And where else to start than the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch spend £30 per person year on year on cycling infrastructure. And as the Dutch cycleways are largely built, it can be expended on expansion, upgrades[…]

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Statistically speaking – visualised

Newcastle is less dependent on the car than Councillors and civil servants would like you to believe. We had a look behind the scenes… at the statistics. It started with Neil Murphy putting the Census 2011 data into context for us here and Claire Prospert summarising and explaining further here. Whilst cycle to work numbers (this is the data the Census collects) are generally pitifully low compared to our European brothers and sisters who enjoy 10, 20 even 50 and 60% of bike-commute modal share, in Newcastle it’s the wards North-Northeast of the city centre that cycle more. The highest[…]

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Newcastle is not a car city

Newcastle cyclists want to see action by their council as Census 2011 data shows that over 40% of Newcastle’s households do not have a car. This new data makes it only fair to ask for much more space to be provided for walking and cycling. Novocastrians are less car-centred than civil servants make out and politicians are led to believe. Two out of five households do not use a car and cycling is on the rise, albeit slow. Campaigners are yet again to give literature to the decision-makers to bring them up to ‘walking and cycling speed’: a decelerated lifestyle[…]

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Pen reports from Kiel

Kiel : A Baltic biking bliss This story is part of our youReport series. We saw Pen tweeting from Kiel – and got curious. The ADFC biking barometer lists Kiel as 4th best cycling city in Germany. So what does the user make of it? We asked Pen. Pen replied: I had done quite a lot of cycling in Germany in 1996 when I spent six months contracting in Wolfsburg, North Germany. If I had any free time I would be on my bike and off for a ride around the surrounding villages. Although it’s plain to see Germany has[…]

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News clippings – Cyclists in call for bike photographs

Journal (5 August 2013) Cyclists in call for bike photographs BIKE campaigners are urging families to photograph examples of great cycling facilities as they take to their summer holidays. Eager to improve cycling provision in the North East, the Newcastle Cycling Campaign wants to collect a “library” of great cycleways ad biking infrastructure, which it can then push for closer to home. Together with other organisations the campaigners are putting together a conference ‘Love Cycling – Go Dutch’ in November to explain to the decisions-makers how the Dutch got their cycleways. Katja Leyendecker of the newcycling.org said: “last year our[…]

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