‘A real shame’ – cyclists react to Mobike’s Newcastle exit and demand action from council

Evening Chronicle – 1 May 2019

The cycle hire firm confirmed on Tuesday that it is pulling all of its bikes out of Newcastle and Gateshead from the beginning of May. ampaigners say that a Mobike-style project will not work in Newcastle until more action is taken to make the city’s roads safer for cyclists.

… Newcastle Cycling Campaign leaders say that efforts to get more people cycling in the city through bike-sharing schemes are doomed to fail unless there are big changes to boost cycle routes.

Sally Watson, of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, said: “This is a real shame, but it is not terribly surprising. Until the council puts in more infrastructure for people to use bikes, then it is not really going to work. If there is nowhere safe to ride them, then people won’t use them.”….

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