Haddrick’s Mill – Routing and zoning

We reported about Haddrick’s Mill before. Its connection to the ‘Northern Access Corridor’ council plans makes it quite an urgent topic. In the previous article on Haddrick’s Mill, we laid out the idea of re-figurating this complex junction in Newcastle to reduce motor traffic from this area of Newcastle. In articles before we discussed Haddrick’s Mill in more general terms and talked more specifically about the cycle infrastructure required to bring it up to Dutch standards. This article will make an assumption: we think that reconfiguration of the junction is not something that the council are currently willing do. Hence we describe what[…]

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Sally Watson on Jesmondlocal

Watch Sally Watson, chair of our Jesmond branch, speak to Jesmondlocal here We would have liked Jesmondlocal to have mentioned the presence of a Councillor and council’s assistant director, and perhaps given a wider angle of the benefits and necessity of neighbourhood improvements for transport and movements around the area. Full website Jesmondlocal (29/2/2016) – http://jesmondlocal.com/2016/03/watch-jesmondlocal-live-february-29-2016/

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Northumbria and Durham Police fine just one cyclist in the past year

Evening Chronicle (4/2/2016) – http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/northumbria-durham-police-fine-just-10839647 Here’s the full comment that Katja emailed to the journalist Tom Ough Hi Tom, ta for getting in touch. Here is our campaign position on pavement cycling https://newcycling.org/position-statement-pavement-cycling/ It’s complicated. Involved players in this maddening debate are police and council. In the absence of clear sensible cycle infrastrcuture even the national gov departments are confused, see link above (position statement). And maybe the message has got through locally that the council cannot just say “we want more people to cycle”, and then when people do they find no-where safe to cycle comfortably and use the[…]

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A campaign group tasks Chief Executive of Newcastle

Newcycling.org, Newcastle’s cycling campaign, fed up with patchy and counterproductive actions by the local transport authority, invite the Chief Executive to judge for herself. After three letters of bringing Pat Ritchie, chief executive of Newcastle council, up to speed on transport matters (see below), the group now invites her to cycle around the city to experience the dire realities for herself. Currently, cycling in Newcastle is not for the faint-hearted. The group had carried out research into Newcastle’s past politics and administration. They found that not much has moved on, despite the council’s consistent transport-transition policies dating back to the[…]

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