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Acorn Road consultation response

In the future, we would like to see Acorn Road fully pedestrianised along its entire length from Osborne Road to St George’s Terrace. It should be permeable to walking and cycling and should filter out vehicle traffic. This hands space back to people, allowing social interaction and cleaner air and thus creating a welcoming street for shoppers who would feel comfortable in spending longer periods of time on it. Pedestrianisation would bring about a step change towards space-fairness: pedestrians and cyclists have been found to spend more in local shops than drivers. Space-fairness is currently not reflected in our shopping[…]

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Jesmond Branch Chair – Sally Watson

On Tuesday 26 August the Management Committee endorsed Sally Watson as Jesmond branch chair. The Committee is absolutely delighted to see the campaign grow and Sally take up this pivotal post. On the Committee’s behalf, Katja says “We warmly welcome Sally to our campaign team. Sally will expertly lead the Jesmond branch and take action and make things happen locally. I know Sally to be inclusive, professional, communicative, very approachable and she can be firm too when needed. Sally will be a fantastic branch chair. It’s great to see the campaign grow, branch out and get active, locally.” 1. What’s[…]

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Pesky subject of pavement pedalling

City cycling advocates, Newcycling, are keen to find solutions to pavement cycling – one of the most grating subjects for improving cycling conditions: the misunderstanding over what cycle advocacy groups are campaigning for and how this can ultimately help other vulnerable road user groups. Pavement cycling is one of the most distracting discussions when ‘cycling at large’ is debated. Newcycling is co-organiser of the Cycling & Society Symposium (C&S), held in Newcastle, 14-16 September. One researcher, Hannah Delaney from Bristol, promises to give “An insight into cyclist and pedestrian interactions on shared use paths”. This is one reason why to[…]

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Thinking cycling – Cycling & Society Symposium to be held in Newcastle

Joint organisers Northumbria University, Newcastle City Council and Newcycling are welcoming leading cycling researchers from around the globe to Newcastle for the Cycling & Society Symposium, 14-16 September. The event starts with a cycling infrastructure safari hosted by Newcycling on Sunday to demonstrate Newcastle’s ‘starter city’ status, a day of talks presented by world-class researchers in the field of cycling on Monday – welcomed to Newcastle by Cllr Marion Talbot – and wraps up on Tuesday with organisational proceedings of the C&S group. Monday attendance is open to the public for a £5 fee, including lunch. Cllr Marion Talbot, Chair[…]

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News clipping – Anti-cycling claims denied by councillors

BIKE campaigners have lashed out at ‘anti-cycling’ councillors in Newcastle’s East End. They say the wards have let down the city’s cycling community by failing to support safer cycling schemes. But councillors hit back,saying they were not elected to support the sometimes ‘ludicrous’ schemes of ‘special interest groups’. For almost a year, the city’s Newcycling group has lobbied all Newcastle City Council members to support the nationwide Space for Cycling safer riding campaign, calling for cycle-friendly transport planning and design across all authorities. At least one councillor in 23 of Newcastle’s 26 wards have backed the initiative – which supports[…]

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Cycleway on Osborne Road

THIS IS A DRAFT PROPOSAL THOUGHTS ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION 🙂 We propose dedicated space for cycling to be installed on both sides of Osborne Road between junctions with Haldane Terrace and Acorn Road, see Figure 1 for an illustration. We believe that the carriageway width is at least 9 metres (and flaring out at the South end). This is sufficient width to set aside a minimum of 1.5 metres for cycle lanes on both sides. See Figure 2 for an illustration of the space allocation of the carriageway. The required protection method for the cycleway depends on the volume, speed[…]

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Councillors in deprived Newcastle ward depress cycling future

Cycling advocates are left wondering what’s going on in Newcastle’s East end. Councillors there are leaving a gaping hole in the otherwise overwhelming support for Space for Cycling. Newcycling joined the nation-wide Space for Cycling campaign last year and since then has worked diligently through members’ action and using social media to gain political support for the cause. Their success is outstanding. Forty-seven out of Newcastle’s 78 Councillors have said yes to Space for Cycling, putting Newcastle in the lead countrywide. Katja, chair of Newcycling, says “It is fantastic, and hopeful for a fair transport future in Newcastle, to note[…]

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Nantes has real cycle ambitions

Another Newcycling member goes abroad to see and experience how it’s done. Armelle Tardiveau, Newcycling member says “I was so upset with the council’s Brandling Park proposal in July that I spent my August holidays photographing a great variety of safe cycling spaces in order to inspire engineers up here. “The conclusion is this: No. 1 – safe cycling means spaces along or shared with pedestrians and protected from cars and drivers. No. 2 – cycling with young children is possible in bigger cities – so why not ours? – and No. 3 – safe cycling does not always mean[…]

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