Newcastle, we have a problem – let’s tackle it together

We call on the council to act in accordance with their own policy for land use and transport planning: the Local Plan. For links and relevant excerpts see below. The Local Plan describes and defines the problem as well as gives solutions. We also include map overlays showing the scale of Newcastle City Council’s plans for Blue House in relation to well-known local sites. Katja Leyendecker, chair newcycling.org, says “Taking account of the Local Plan, it is to our greatest surprise that the council wants to build a motor highway slicing through the neighbourhoods of Newcastle. We ask the Cabinet[…]

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August 2016 Newsletter

To read our Newsletter for August 2016 please click here If there’s anything you’d like us to include in future newsletters please do get in touch via our Contact Us form or all these other ways too! E:mail contact@newcycling.org Twitter @newcycling Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/newcastle.cycling.campaign/

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Newcastle Blue House: proven spare road capacity, green corridor and failing political system

Newcycling were taken aback by the plans for the Northern Access Corridor between Blue House to Haddricks. These are motorway-scale plans that do not belong in the heart of Newcastle. The project will damage communities and the economy. The road traffic along this corridor has actually substantially reduced, baselined against 2000, 2005, and 2010, see file attached below. Hence, the current plans make no sense. Furthermore, Newcastle needs to prioritise active travel to cement its regional status. A link to the full technical response is given below. Katja Leyendecker, chair of newcycling.org, says “People do not want to live on[…]

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Our Response – Blue House to Haddrick’s Mill

We have written up a detailed technical response to council’s engagement exercise on the Northern Access Corridor (section Blue House to Haddrick’s Mill) route. Our detailed response is available here   If you haven’t yet commented on all three of the council consultation pages they are available here: Blue House Jesmond Dene Road Haddrick’s Mill The consultation is open until 21st August 2016.

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Gross Greenwash on Blue House roundabout

This is a swift response to the Blue House roundabout plans, which we deem unacceptable. A longer, technical, response will follow. UPDATE 3 August 2016 detailed response published here. INITIAL RESPONSE The plans for this junction are fundamentally wrong. Only with real transport planning, tackling the real problems, can we see Newcastle’s policies of mode shift and transport transition realised. Only then, can council spatially prioritise walking and cycling and create the ground conditions for mass cycling. Newcastle has a primary ring road system A1/A19, and first of all its local road network must be assessed for its space, whilst keeping[…]

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Cllr Bell’s reply – what does it mean for a Cycle City?

I am hopeful in noting that Cllr Ged Bell, Cabinet member of Newcastle council, kindly started his reply by thanking Sally for the sentiment and professionalism of her address to Full Council. By extension Cllr Bell thanks the newcycling Committee and our membership for the positive and constructive engagement our campaign group engages in. He then continues to congratulate us for staying on our stalwart course, pushing cycling up the agenda in Newcastle, and bringing rationale to the transport debate in our city. You can watch Cllr Ged Bell’s reply here (external link, youtube) We, together with our patron Christian[…]

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Thumbs up to North Tyneside Cycling Campaign

Our sister Campaign in North Tyneside has been getting organised over the last few months and to kickstart a campaign focused on the borough has launched a 2016 Petition: “We believe that North Tyneside needs to do more to make using a bike for short trips the obvious, safe, and convenient choice for its residents. Fundamentally, this means building a network of cycle routes across the borough which are suitable for all from age 8-88 years old, and connect residential areas, town centres, and major centres of employment.”   Sign here: https://northtynesidecyclecampaign.wordpress.com/   A local resident explains: “I run a business[…]

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Council address 6 July 2016, Civic Centre

Sally Watson gave a five-minute address to Full Council on 6 July 2016. We think the meeting has been recorded by Newcastle City Council. We intend to publish Cllr Ged Bell’s reply, should we receive it. Video available here (including Ged Bell’s reply). In the last few years, Newcastle has started to make progress towards constructing a city which is fit for cycling. Cycling is on the agenda, and we are delighted to note that debates are now positive and constructive. We all now appreciate, I think, that cycling is a key ingredient in building an inclusive transport system. Providing[…]

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