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Gosforth Corridor Scheme TRO

31 January 2014 Sent to: Councillors from three wards, Newcastle North MP, Cabinet Transport Cllr Ged Bell, cycle champion Cllr Marion Talbot, council officers (various) Dear all In the light of what’s been presented and the lack of communication leading up to the traffic order being issued, we feel obliged to OBJECT to the proposal as it stands. This is on the grounds of vehicle movement and road / junction capacity being negligently the sole design priority for this scheme, at the expense of walking / cycling safety, attractiveness of place and long-term environmental factors (air, noise) that can only[…]

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LCGD – About a sustainable and fair economy by Cllr Nick Forbes

At the LCGD conference, Cllr Nick Forbes, the Leader of Newcastle City Council showed his support to cycling and talked about the ‘bigger picture’, and how cycling is an essential part of a fair and sustainable economy. While you can listen to his entire opening speech or read the transcript here, we have selected some highlights for you, and added our comments too: “The challenge for us of course is as I say is that much of our physical infrastructure in Newcastle is designed around either an old fashioned model of how the economy worked or the post-industrial period where[…]

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Great North Road – council planning

Two stretches of the Great North Road seem set to get a ‘hybrid cycle lane’ – that’s space separated from traffic. The separation method is still under debate and we hope to be involved in these discussions. All that is good. But as for every route, the proof is in the route continuity and space clarity. And here is where we are let down again by our council. The Cycle City Ambition may have started to crumble. Funding is complex So. Newcastle City Council has released plans for Gosforth’s Great North Road (GNR) – section Broadway in the North, down[…]

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space4cycling (6/6) information campaigns

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. We strongly believe that it is most important to only promote something that is worth promoting. We therefore support promotional campaign only if these are coupled with physical infrastructure improvements (through points made in parts 1 to 5 of this series). The logic behind this course of action is that we have looked at the reasons why people don’t cycle. Research tells us exactly why the UK is not a[…]

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space4cycling (5/6) speed reduction

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. We generally support any speed reduction as it reduces road risk and severity of damage and injury. We particularly support reduction to 20mph. Roughly speaking, the tipping point for the chances of a pedestrian or cyclist to survive a road crash is at 20mph. Speed kills. Here is what our partner organisations have to say about speed reduction. Road Peace says slower speeds are essential for road danger reduction, which[…]

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space4cycling (4/6) safe and convenient crossings and junctions

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. Particularly on roads with the purpose of “expedient flow of vehicle traffic” good crossing designs and layouts are of importance for the obvious reasons of safety and convenience. We press for walking and cycling to be valued in urban highway design decisions. Overall, with every design we should be asking the question can an 8-year old cycle and walk this location unaccompanied. If not, we have to go back to[…]

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space4cycling (3/6) traffic calming and routing measures

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. We prefer a strategic approach to city transport using community-wide measures like filtered permeability. This requires a city-wide holistic look to supersede the current ‘spot improvement’ process. For this reason, we not only support temporary road closures to motorised traffic for festivals and community activities. We also support permanent closure of roads and access restrictions such as “local traffic only” because it gives space and ownership back to local people[…]

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