New Social Rides In Newcastle
A new social ride has been launched for anybody who would like a very relaxed ride with other people. Happening on the 2nd Friday of each month the, the ride will follow quiet streets and cycle lanes at a pace manageable by everybody, and nobody will be left behind.
The next ride will be happening on Friday 12th May, will start at the Civic Centre , take in the recently created Safer Heaton scheme, the long awaited and recently completed extension to Heaton Road’s protected cycle lane and the new installed Safer Jesmond area before heading to the Carriage, near Jesmond Metro station, for chat and discussion afterwards for those who want it.
If you’d like to join the ride, meet on Ceremonial Way, outside the Civic Centre for 6:30pm on Friday 12th May and on Friday 9th June. All are welcome.
We are exploring safe routes around other parts of the city for later in the year so keep an eye out for future updates.
For the latest updates follow Newcastle Cycle Social on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NclSocRide
Have your say on the future shape of the city
There are a number of consultations going on at them moment where the City Council is seeking people’s views. It’s particularly important to take part if you like what you are seeing somewhere, as people who don’t like something are far more likely to let their views be known.
Views are being sought on the next two School Streets to be implemented, which are at Chillingham Road School and Ravenswood Road School, both in Heaton.
You can share your views on those at https://schoolstreetsnewcastle.commonplace.is/
Changes are being made to stop people diverting off Matthew Bank by driving through the Five Admirals estate in Gosforth. The estate will remain accessible to residents but through traffic will be stopped.
You can read about this and share your thoughts at https://fiveadmiralsoptions.commonplace.is/en-GB
A trial scheme has recently been implemented in Jesmond, introducing traffic filters to a number of streets in an effort to reduce though traffic and make the area safer for walking and cycling.
You can share you views on that at https://jesmondeasttrialsconsultation.commonplace.is/
Gosforth High Street
Changes have recently been made to Gosforth High Street to remove the temporary interventions introduced during the Covid pandemic. This mainly involved adding a bus lane, but there is some new cycle protection north of the Saalters Road junction too.
You can view and have you say on that at https://gosforthhighstreet.commonplace.is/
The month of May sees action days held around the world by the Kidical Mass movement. Kidical Mass is a worldwide movement where cyclists from 0 to 99 years old take over the streets to reclaim the road space in colourful bicycle demonstrations. The vison of Kidical Mass is that all children and young people can safely and independently use cycles as a mode of travel.
As part of the global program of events there will be a ride taking place in Newcastle on Saturday 13th May. The short family friendly ride will be leaving Gosforth Central Park at 2pm and end at Exhibition Park, where there is a café and plenty of space and play equipment for the younger people.
Everybody is welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
If you live nearer the coast, our friends at Street Life in North Tyneside are having their Kidical Mass ride on Monday 8th May. Starting points are at Churchchill Playing Fields in Monkseaton and Kiki’s Kabin, Albion Road in North Shields, with both rides converging on the finish point on the sea front in Cullercoats.
All the details can be found at https://streetlifentyneside.org.uk/kidical-mass-in-north-tyneside/