Data: one-way streets, contraflows and permeability

From my own experience, but also guidance documents and info sheets (see bottom), it’s pretty clear that opening up one-way streets to cycling is one of the most inexpensive and effective ways to quickly improve cycling experience. It of course works – no magic involved – by giving connectivity, reconnecting shortcuts where there previously was a detour and more generally by increasing permeability and route choice. I even ended last year’s youreport article, where members discussed good examples of cycling infrastructure from here and abroad, with this sentence: “The local cycle group in Braunschweig curates a spatial representation of contraflows[…]

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Our Patron

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Christian Wolmar has agreed to be our patron. You can read Christian’s inspiring patron statement here. Christian Wolmar is one of Britain’s leading Transport commentators. His interests spread from railway, public transport, cycling to inter-modal transport. He uses his bicycle as his main mean of transport around London. He is one of the mayoral candidates for the 2016 elections and his vision for the capital as a more affordable, liveable and sustainable city certainly echoes our vision for Newcastle. And we couldn’t agree more that sustainable transport and cycling play an important role[…]

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Christian Wolmar – patron statement

I am delighted to become the patron to the Newcastle Cycling Campaign. As I have long been active in the London Cycling Campaign, and was for a time a board member, I can see how this kind of campaigning is vitally important in improving cycle facilities. There is much to be done and without a strong voice for cyclists, either nothing happens or, which is sometimes worse, the wrong sort of facilities are created which not only is a waste of money, but does nothing to help local people who want to use on their bikes. I have been up[…]

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Our assessment of plans for SCR1 Newburn

Newcastle City Council have issued plans and started public engagement on parts of the Strategic Cycle Route (SCR) to Newburn, also called SCR1. In preparation of the upcoming SCR1 cycle safari and for our CCAF progress assessment, we had a really good look at the plans. This article will ‘walk’ you through the main aspects of the council plans for SCR1. We start in the East (city centre) and continue westwards on Elswick Road, then on to Adelaide Terrace and finishing at Benwell Lane, where the current proposals end. What you can do: • Post your thoughts and comments on[…]

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