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City Centre 20mph expansion TRO

We would firstly like to express our thanks and support to the the council for extending the city centre 20mph. This is something we have been asking for over the past few years and we are glad to see that this is happening. We would also like to take this as opportunity to raise a few questions and points that we have about the 20mph zone. Firstly, we feel that a number of streets should also be included in the 20mph zone: Barras Bridge, between Claremont Road and Haymarket The Quayside – in particular the section East of the swing[…]

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Benwell Lane TRO

In general we support the council with the proposed changes as they will create an improvement for cycling along this section of road. We do have some cycle safety concerns from the design which have previously been discussed with the council, these are: The stretches where cycle lanes are provided on the right hand side (with traffic flow) of parked cars instead of being protected on the left hand side. Where the bus stop/cycle infrastructure is not as good as it could be (e.g. by Prince Philip Road, a shared space bus stop has been provided, but space would allow[…]

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Our priorities for 2015/16

As in previous years we will concentrate on the political and institutional barriers to building cycling into Newcastle. We have identified four areas that need immediate attention: 1) Talking about the transport transition // creating a civic society building the economic case for cycling and cycle provision modal shift, and how? links: general educational resource for councillors 2) Infrastructure – building the transport transition SCR audit – using Welsh / London audit tools identifying rat-runs / zoning (Jesmond, Gosforth, possibly Heaton or other/different areas?) development of campaign policy and position statements, as and when 3) Councillor / decision-maker engagement council[…]

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Letter from the Leader – Cllr Nick Forbes

On 16 March 2015 we received a reply from Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, in response to our needs assessment dated 30 November 2014. We say a big Thank-you to Nick, and over the coming weeks we will digest and analyse his reply so we can understand where we are at with cycling in Newcastle, the political determination and policy implementation of building in space for cycling into our city. Dear Katja, New Cycling, May I start by saying how much I appreciate your efforts to promote cycling and help make it an easy option for people. The work you put in as volunteers at[…]

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John Dobson Street TRO

To John Dobson Street design team Following the comments we made during the recent public engagement phase, we are happy to see the scheme still in tact at the traffic order stage. When we last commented on the scheme we made a specific point about the cycle roundabout at the junction with Northumberland Road being of an unnecessarily complex layout for cycling – we are glad to see that this junction has been simplified. We do however have questions we would like to ask at this stage. 1) On the junction with Northumberland Road, on the West side the movements[…]

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Get ready for our AGM 2015

It’s AGM time soon, Tuesday 24 March 2015 to be precise! Open to all members, please come and help us discuss and shape our campaigning plans for the year ahead. We’ll be meeting at one of our corporate partner’s places, the fabulous Cycle Hub on the Quayside, This year, we will kick off at 6:30pm but do come along earlier, grab a drink (first drink on us!), some food maybe and start cycle chat – Registrations start at 6:00pm. We have a great programme for you and hope you like it too: During the first half an hour, we’ll deal with the formal AGM[…]

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Space for Cycling ride 2015

After the very successful Big Toon Ride last May and the Civic Cycle Ride in September, we are calling on all bike users, young and old, to show support for Space for Cycling by riding with us, once again on Saturday 25 April 2015. The aim of the ride is to show solidarity and unity for a smarter healthier city, and strength of voice for change and action to create high quality cycling infrastructure, and win the continued support of local politicians. We will be cycling across our iconic bridges, from Newcastle to Gateshead and back. Our route can be found at: http://www.plotaroute.com/route/14876 Facebook event[…]

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Acorn Road – traffic order response

NewCycling (Newcastle Cycling Campaign) generally support the changes though we do have a few concerns that we would like to raise: We feel that the possibility of creating a vibrant street scape that increases walking and cycling in the area has been watered down significantly since the plans were first drawn up, and this has been done to provide a small number of extra car parking spaces. We are very disappointed that this has happened. It is not clear how cyclists will exit Acorn Road on to Osborne Road, and likewise it is not clear how cyclists will enter Acorn[…]

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