Help! Do you work at one of these top businesses?

Newcastle Businesses #ChooseCycling – your help needed British Cycling have set up a new national business network called #ChooseCycling and we at Newcycling would like to see Newcastle-based big businesses to join in. Working with British Cycling we have drafted an invitation letter [pdf] but your help is needed to get this out to the right people. The list of businesses qualifying to enter the #ChooseCycling the network is below. According to The Journal Top 200 NE Businesses Supplement these companies have headquarters in Newcastle and all have 500 or more employees – qualifying for British Cycling’s #ChooseCycling network. What can you[…]

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Cycling with children

In a recent publication Dr Rachel Aldred, smart travel researcher and trustee of the London Cycling Campaign, takes a look at creating inclusive cycling conditions. She informs us that “increasing child cycling has proved particularly challenging. While some metropolitan areas in the UK have seen an uptake in adult commuting… rates of children cycling to school have barely shifted”. Catherine Weare, a campaign member in Gosforth, discusses the findings and sets the context for Newcastle. You can read Rachel’s full paper “Adults’ attitudes towards child cycling: a study of the impact of infrastructure” here [pdf]. For many if not all[…]

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Gaps in the maps

We’ve been thinking about transport networks, and how they constantly adapt and improve as our cities change. This is a particularly poignant question as Newcastle has fairly extreme housing expansion plans, laid out in their One Core strategy: between now and 2030, Newcastle City Council wants to see thousands of homes built out West, spreading over a belt of green land on 21 sites between Newburn and the airport. Just how will the transport system accommodate such an aggressive expansion? We understand that developers, the council and Highways England are clubbing together to fund a study to look at the[…]

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Caring designs are not always sharing

You reported – we acted. An observant and concerned Campaign member sent us a couple of photos and was asking – what’s happening here then? The honest answer is – we really don’t know and we would love to find out! After some considerable radio silence, Newcastle City Council have now started the Gosforth Strategic Cycle Route (SCR4) works North of Regent Centre. Spade in the ground time, cards on the table so to speak. But council forgot to share their Detailed Design drawings! All we had seen through the official process (traffic orders and technical group) was – what’s[…]

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Contraflow design controversy

You reported – we acted. Cycle contraflows, if designed inclusively and well, can be a powerful tool in a city’s cycle network. We previously reported about contraflows here. Our streets are changing throughout the city – you may have seen white road markings appear on Clayton Street – part of the recently finished Central Station works. You may even have stopped and wondered what it was and what it did. It’s Newcastle’s first cycle contraflow and sadly the safety of its design is lacking as the space is not protected from vehicle invasion. It would be great to get Newcastle’s[…]

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Recyke Y Bike is looking for volunteers and bicycles

NewCycling is proud to have many partners: corporate sponsors, national organisations, and local groups. The list is too long to name them all here but you can have a look here on our website. Some of them have been supporting us since the Campaign was established in 2010 and others have linked up more recently. In the mix there are cycling related groups as well as campaigning organisations. Together we are asking for changes for a better future and lobbying for a transport transition, a more sustainable and people-friendly city and region.  Under partner’s news, you’ll get to find out more about them and what[…]

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