Kim reports from Freiburg

Freiburg : wide and widening cycle lanes This story is part of our youReport series. Freiburg, in Germany, is something of a legend for sustainable living. Wikipedia tells us it’s got a a population of about 230,000 people and that the city is well known for “its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices”. Kim tells us more: Still sorting through photos, I have 1,200 of them! Key thing is that car parking is heavily restricted, there is very little on-street parking, most car parks are underground and there is no free car parking in town centres. Integrated thinking[…]

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Bike user comments (cont.)

We put infrastructure comments resulting from a recent survey of Scratchbikes users into a ‘word cloud’ generator (using tagxedo). Thanks goes to the fabulous http://www.scratchbikes.co.uk/ (Newcastle’s green public hire bikes) run by Grandscheme for sharing the data. The result looks pretty similar to bike user comments we collated over the years [pdf] and handed to council in 2010 and 2012. We think people want more space for cycling. Still. Again. Maybe not much has changed on the ground since the survey in 2010? Raw comments attached here.

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Cycling is good for local business and Mary Portas was wrong

Newcycling, the Newcastle Cycling Campaign has devised an info sheet to inform about the importance of walking and cycling in relation to the survival of local high streets. The info sheet is for everyone, but it is targetted at ill-informed retailers, taxi companies. It is important to get the right and relevant information out to Newcastle. Exciting plans for pro-people environments are afoot for Gosforth High Street, Acorn Road and Central Station. There is a long-held believe however, by retailers and taxi companies, that car restraint is bad for business. Research shows this not to be true. This means retailers,[…]

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Brian reports from Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton : cycling and tourism This story is part of our youReport series. Here is Brian, straight-in: I heard Hungary is second only to Denmark in the share of population relying on the bike as their main mode of transport… back in August, I saw Davva’s report on cycling culture in Budapest, and it made me think – how do other parts of Hungary compare? I was keen to find out when we visited Lake Balaton in September on a holiday. Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe, and is often referred to as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. In[…]

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Bruce reports from Vancouver

Vancouver : reclaiming space for people This story is part of our youReport series. Vancouver is not listed in the Copenhagenize Index of bike-friendly cities – but we are almost certain that Vancouver is one of the cities that is seriously snapping at Montreal’s heels when Copenhagenize say “A number of North American cities are hovering just outside the Top 20 and they’re not going to wait for your lead.” Well, here’s Bruce McVean from Liveable London again. Last month he reported from Montreal in the East, now he’s taking a look at Vancouver on the West coast. There’s an[…]

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Acorn Street improvement group

The agenda will be as follows: 1. Update on progress with improving the corners – Hugh 2. Cycle parking – Tony 3. Update on particle measurements – Margaret (20 mins) 4. DIY streets and Acorn Road – Kieran (30 mins) 5. Discussion: future of the group – Tony There are new developments to report in relation the the Cycle City Ambition fund which will benefit Jesmond and specifically Acorn Road (particularly the Osborne Road end). Kieran will be leading the DIY streets approach from Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity. There is funding from the Cycle City Ambition Fund to apply[…]

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