Newcastle Cycling Campaign

Warning over Great North Road plans

Our warning is about the details of Newcastle City Council’s plan for the section of the Great North Road from Hollywood Avenue junction to Broadway roundabout. As a cycle route is only as good as its weakest link, we are concerned about the council design, well meaning as it is, but it creates some new dangers and leaves them unaddressed. We hope that the illustrations we have now included will help to explain our concerns further. In the absence of functional communication channels, we’d still like to get to the bottom of council’s decision-making logic: we have requested to see[…]

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TfL – LCDS consultation

Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign, 1,400 members, volunteer organisation, constituted, formed in 2010) would like to respond to your request about views on the draft version of the London Cycling Design Standards (LCDS). Our interest in this is that we want to bring high quality cycle infrastructure to Newcastle, and we believe that a good set of (national) design standards (amongst political and ministerial will, national and local) would help achieve that. Standards are important. Comparatively to cycle-friendly countries, like the Netherlands, the UK is lacking behind in succeeding because we are still failing to focus on designing for people (over[…]

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Quiz your candidates in Jesmond

For North Jesmond’s by-election on 28 August 2014, organisations have put together an event where you can quiz the candidates in advance about their plans, knowledge and interests. Together with our Jesmond branch and our partners Living Streets Tyneside, Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign) is organising a pre-election hustings for the 14 August 2014 at Jesmond Library at 19:30 to provide a space for exchange and engagement between the electorate and the aspiring politicians. Given the focus of the organising groups, the hustings will have a distinct transport theme. All five candidates have confirmed attendance: • Conservative: Duncan Crute • Green[…]

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CSS2014 – infra safari

As part of the Cycling & Society Symposium we are organising a cycle infrastructure safari along the planned SCR4 Gosforth, for a detailed route click here. We will meet outside Newcastle Civic Centre, Ceremonial Way, NE1 8PP, for a 15:30 start. Bring a bike! For those who would like to hire a bicycle during their stay, the Cycle Hub has kindly offered a discounted rate. Please contact them directly and mention that you are a C&S symposium participant to get your discount. Contact newcastle.cycling.campaign@gmail.com Background to the route Newcastle’s ten-year plan is to create the full set of all seven[…]

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The value of current cyclists revealed

Calculations carried out by Newcycling, Newcastle’s cycling campaign, using HEAT, an internationally acclaimed economic assessment tool for walking and cycling, show that the contribution that current city commuter cyclists make is worth over £3 million to the city of Newcastle every year. Using the latest Census 2011 data and feeding it into the economic assessment tool, the campaign group calculates that Newcastle’s 3,300 commuter cyclists save the city over £3.3 million in costs simply by living healthier and more productive lives. Last year’s Get Britain Cycling report states that at least £10 per head per year is needed – that[…]

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News clipping – BBC Look North: skyride

BBC Look North (2 August 2014) BBC reporter Martin Forster “But some cycling campaigners say there’s little point getting us to fall in love with cycling if, come Monday, our roads are once again dangerous for cyclists.” Katja (chair) says “Once you close down roads and you take off fairly hostile traffic, you take out cars and drivers out of the equation, people actually do come out. It’s almost like a carnival kind of atmosphere. You know, people come to enjoy themselves. It’s fun. It’s great. Problem being – this is here for four hours. And, really, what we want[…]

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