Mystery mounts on Walker’s bike lane controversy

After safety concerns were raised, an independent report re-assures adequacy of Welbeck Road cycle lanes. This emerges after the scheme has been shelved for an altogether different reason: cycle lanes would compromise vehicle flow. In December 2012 Walker was offered significant external funding to improve Welbeck Road environment for school children, residents walking and cycling. The £180,000 were sadly lost due to warring local councillors. (Reported in Chronicle here). Following council protocol, the scheme was referred to an appeal’s hearing where the decision was made to check over the cycle safety of the scheme. The independent safety audit, dating April[…]

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Campaign Meeting – let’s talk about space for cycling!!

Our September meeting saw Katja Leyendecker and Scott Dawson (who are they?) talk about the Strategic Cycle Routes (SCR), “how to move the shakers” (presentation slides below) and what it means on the ground by showing examples of road space re-allocation. The SCR concept is not new. It was Bill Dodds, then on the Newcycling management committee, who put the idea on the agenda two years ago: a network of seven radial routes connecting different parts of Newcastle to the city centre. These would be direct, convenient and safe cycle routes serving a range of destinations on their way: shops,[…]

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Bruce reports from Montreal

Montreal : North America’s best bicycling This story is part of our youReport series. Do you remember Bruce McVean from Liveable London? He spoke – and most excellently at that – at our members meeting last year: If not now then when?. Well, he was off to North America recently and visited Montreal which the Copenhagenize Index ranks Montreal 11th. It says “Once again, Montreal maintains its position as North America’s premiere bicycle city” with a little word of warning that ” a number of North American cities are hovering just outside the Top 20 and they’re not going to[…]

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Meeting the force

A delegation consisting of RoadPeace the national charity for road crash victims supported in the Northeast by Thompsons Solicitors Sustrans national charity for sustainable transport us (campaign for better cycling provision in Newcastle and surroundings) met the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Mark Dennett on 11 September 2013. Recap. The meeting was set up as a result of writing to all PCC candidates to discuss cycling and policing would they be elected. That was after our members told us to lobby for improved police investigations, reporting, enforcement and overall liaison. A tall order! All candidates responded positively. The meeting[…]

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Get Britain Cycling parliamentary debate – what does it mean for Newcastle

On Monday 2 September 2013 one hundred MPs attended the House of Commons (and it was their first day back after summer recess too!) to debate the state of cycling in Britain and what should be done to get Britain cycling. The motion asked “that this House welcomes the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s report ‘Get Britain Cycling’; endorses the target of 10% of all journeys being by bike by 2025, and 25% by 2050; and calls on the Government to show strong political leadership, including an annual Cycling Action Plan and sustained funding for cycling” and after[…]

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Adrian reports from Copenhagen

Copenhagen : where cycling space is everywhere! This story is part of our youReport series. We all say we are looking to learn from cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam (to be reported on too, later, patience). The Copenhagenize Index (humbly) lists Copenhagen as second best cycle city in the world, after Amsterdam. The city has some serious infrastructure link projects underway, such as walk/cycle bridges, but it is the omnipresence of cycle space that is so impressive to the outsider. Adrian visits Copenhagen on regular business trips and sent us this. Adrian: “I am there often, but it still impresses[…]

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News clipping – Ouseburn Trust – cycling special

Ousburn Trust September newsletter- cycling special (3 September 2013) Newcastle Cycling Campaign The Newcastle Cycling Campaign came to life in September 2011 as a community group lobbying for better cycling conditions in and around Newcastle. We support people-friendly environments and have worked in the Ouseburn to preserve and further enhance the liveability of this fabulous area. Our campaigning priorities include having all roads with speeds of 30mph and higher fitted with cycle provision so that everybody can cycle safely and enjoy using their bikes for everyday journeys. We also campaign for bicycles to be allowed on Metro trains. If you[…]

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Chi Onwurah MP – Get Britain Cycling

Chi Onwurah MP speech in Commons on ‘Get Britain Cycling’ go to 1:52:10 Chi Onwurah MP – Newcastle Central Chi Onwurah: It is a pleasure to take part in the debate and I welcome both it and the all-party group’s report. It is good to see cross-party agreement on such a positive issue, and I hope that when the Minister responds he will give us the assurances we are all looking for. So far, Ministers and the Department have been full of warm words of support and like to give the impression that this country is freewheeling towards becoming a[…]

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