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Callerton Masterplan – Our Response

Our Response to the Draft Callerton Masterplan, sent 5th June 2016: – The draft Callerton Masterplan has us very worried about how cycling infrastructure will be designed and physically provided for in and around the new housing developments. In the masterplan the amount of appreciable consideration for cycling seems almost non-existent, particularly most of the mentions of cycling are specifically conflated with pedestrian routes. These two vital active-travel networks however have completely different design needs. Active Travel Priority Globally, there is no description in the document of how the area will be designed to prioritise active travel over private motor[…]

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Heaton Road Area – Our Response

Our response to the Heaton Road Area TRO that we sent on the 10th June 2016: – Regarding GH/P44/1112 – Heaton Road For the specific details that are covered in the TRO (Legal order), we support the proposed changes as part of the measures being introduced on Heaton Road to make it safer for walking and cycling. Regarding the drawing that has been presented alongside the TRO, we do have some concerns, that we have previously raised during the development of this scheme. We urge the council to address these before the scheme is built. While the reduction in speed[…]

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Highlights of our AGM (Part 2)

This is the account of the second part of our AGM 2016 where we gave the floor to two speakers: firstly Cllr Ged Bell from Newcastle City Council and then Paul Gasson from Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign. Speeches were followed by a panel debate about bikelash and how to work together through change. We’d like to thank the speakers, panelists, and all the members who came to our AGM – to another year of campaigning for a better city! Le local politician Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet member and portfolio holder for Investment and Development at Newcastle City Council, made clear that[…]

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A charter for sensible road safety

A community group has released a plea to local authorities and responsible agencies to make road safety relevant to our modern times. RELEVANT AND PROPORTIONATE ROAD SAFETY We want to see construction of a good quality cycle network in Newcastle and Tyne and Wear. So it is in the woeful absence of sensible cycling and walking infrastructure, that we ask the council to adopt a much stronger position in the interim. Drivers, by simple laws of physics, hold the (horse) power on the road. In a just system it is only logical that the one who holds the power and[…]

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