Requesting party statements 2016

Received highlighting the problems of perpetual growth in a finite world making us aware of the progress that’s been made and assuring us of continued commitment outlining a largely supportive position, as well as explaining some limitations and reservations Awaiting   Like previous years, we have again written to political parties to inquire about their commitment and plans for sustainable transport, active travel and cycling infrastructure. Ahead of the local election and seamlessly building on Newcastle’s Cycle Manifesto and the highly supported Space for Cycling initiative, we specifically asked the political parties for their feedback on these points 1.Mode share[…]

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Our response to DfT’s CWIS

Dear Mr McLoughlin MP Dear Mr Goodwill MP This is a response from newcycling.org to the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) and is addressed to you as the signatories of the document. Newcycling.org is a constituted organisation entirely run by volunteers. We formed in 2010 to address economic, social and spatial inequalities in the transport system and to lobby for decent cycling infrastructure for Newcastle council and linking into the surrounding transport authorities. Our organisation has over 1,600 local members. We submit this response on behalf of our membership. Key points Totally unacceptable strategy: NO steady budget stream NO[…]

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Annual report now online

Full report here [pdf] Chair’s foreword Another year has passed – but really, just another year that strongly consolidated our verdicts and justified our stance and actions. It’s clear to me that we must keep pointing out the obvious to the council. The politicians have good intentions, but I am not convinced that the Newcastle City Council’s chief executive understands the urgency and significance of the task in hand: to modernise council structures, budgets and communications for a smooth transport transition. Ending our current campaign year of informing about the transport transition – yes, more people cycling is also better[…]

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NECA response – transport manifesto

Dear NECA board Dear Cllr Forbes (NECA transport lead) This is a response from newcycling.org. We are a constituted organisation entirely run by volunteers. We formed in 2010 to address social and spatial inequalities in the transport system and lobby for world-class cycling infrastructure for Newcastle and surrounding local transport authorities. We have 1,600 members and respond on behalf of our membership. Key points Mapping a first class cycle network and putting it in policy and implementation plans, agree design standards More and clearer focus on sustainable transport (including an integrated transport system and approach, through regional spatial management, road[…]

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Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF)

External link to council CCAF webpage here CCAF1 Importance: it contains a ten year programme List of appendices Appendix 1 – Maps Appendix 2 – Partners Appendix 3 – Appraisal summary Appendix 4 – Route users Appendix 5 – Users journeys Appendix 6 – Cost breakdown Appendix 7 – Letters of support Appendix 8 – Scheme impacts proforma Appendix 9 – Economic appraisal Appendix 10 – Assurance Appendix 11 – Detailed project plan Appendix 12 – Governance Appendix 13 – Risk management strategy Appendix 14 – Stakeholder analysis Appendix 15 – Communications plans Appendix 16 – Integrated assurance and approval[…]

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One Core Plan (the local plan)

External link to the council’s One Core pages here Excerpts Strategic Objective 8: Improve sustainable access to, within and around the Urban Core by promoting fast and direct public transport links to the heart of the Urban Core, increasing walking and cycling and minimising through traffic Delivered through policies CS1, 2, 13 (strategies policies) UC5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (Urban Core policies) NC1, 2 (Newcastle Central sub-area policies) C1, 2 (civic sub-area policies) D1, 2, 3 (Discovery sub-area policies) QO1 (Newcastle Quayside and Ouseburn sub-area) SG1, 2, 3 (Gateshead southern sub-areas) QB1, 2, 3 (Gateshead Quay sub-area) GC1,[…]

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For the first time in their 40 year history

We congratulate Nexus/Metro on their decision to run an operational trial for full-sized cycles on Metro trains. This means for the first time in their 40 year history, cycles will be allowed on carriages. “The trail (sic) will begin on 4 April, between Callerton Parkway and Jesmond stations, with trains able to carry up to two bikes (one in each Metrocar) between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday. It is being managed by DB Regio Tyne and Wear Ltd, the company which operates stations and trains on behalf of Nexus. Further information will be published at nexus.org.uk in the coming[…]

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Our Reply: Great North Road Broadway to Brunton Lane

Our response to the latest consultation for the changes to Great North Road between Broadway and Brunton Lane. The documents for this consultation: Great North Road TRO Document Great North Road TRO Drawing 1 Great North Road TRO Drawing2 Our Response We generally support the proposal for the Great North Road. We do have some comments about the scheme, that we urge the council to consider before the scheme is finalised. Cycleway Width When the scheme was presented at the engagement stage, the drawing showed where the cycleway would be at least 2m wide. The drawings now state a minimum[…]

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