Councils must get down to human scale

Newcycling.org has been busy in 2014, and promises to stay positively active, connected and involved in 2015. The campaign is supported by their patron Christian Wolmar and, together with seven other city cycling campaigns, they have written to the minister, made suggestions to Cllr Nick Forbes, and their Campaign Management Committee adopted policies for successful engineering and planning approaches on behalf of their 1,500 strong membership, amongst other things. Katja, chair of newcycling.org says: “The main message is sometimes still not getting through and is worth repeating. “Providing space for cycling is not a question of space availability as councils[…]

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Jesmond update

Happy New Year! 2014 saw some interesting proposals for cycle infrastructure in Jesmond. It’s not always easy interpreting council plans and process, so below is written in good faith. Acorn Road Most controversial were the plans for Acorn Road which were put forward by the council in association with Sustrans. The aim is to make Acorn Road less congested and safer and more pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists as a destination. Following an informal consultation in the spring, Sustrans put together a design which allowed for widened pavements by making the road one way while retaining most of the parking[…]

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Our second policy – Protected Space

Notwithstanding roads with gridlocked traffic conditions (as also outlined in LTN2/08, when protected space is necessary for a different reason than safety) on 17 December 2014 the Committee adopted London Cycling Campaign’s Motion 3/2013 verbatim: When do we need protected space for cycling? 1. We believe ‘safe and inviting’ cycling environments do not compel cyclists to share space with high speed or high volume motor traffic. 2. Cyclists should not be expected to share space with motor vehicles moving above 20mph. 3. If cyclists will share space with motor traffic, volumes must be low. On the core cycle route network[…]

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