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Streets for People – Arthur’s Hill and Fenham Response

Currently Newcastle City Council are carrying out engagement on three Streets For People projects. This is our response for the schemes presented for Arthur’s Hill and Fenham. The engagement process ends on Thursday the 30th November, we have provided links to the individual schemes we have commented on. Overall The Streets for People project with its current method of consultation highlights issues that would be best avoided in future. This big bang of different designs is excessive and tiring to go through in detail. With the length of time this project has currently been going on for, we feel it[…]

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Streets For People – Heaton and Ouseburn Response

Currently Newcastle City Council are carrying out engagement on three Streets For People projects. This is our response for the schemes presented for Heaton and Ouseburn. The engagement process ends on Thursday the 30th November, we have provided links to the individual schemes we have commented on. Overall The Streets for People project with its current method of consultation highlights issues that would be best avoided in future. This big bang of different designs is excessive and tiring to go through in detail. With the length of time this project has currently been going on for, we feel it would[…]

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Streets For People – Jesmond Response

Currently Newcastle City Council are carrying out engagement on three Streets For People projects. This is our response for the schemes presented for Jesmond. The engagement process ends on Thursday the 30th November, we have provided links to the individual schemes we have commented on. Overall The Streets for People project with its current method of consultation highlights issues that would be best avoided in future. This big bang of different designs is excessive and tiring to go through in detail. With the length of time this project has currently been going on for, we feel it would have been[…]

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AGM 2017: Our Network Workshop

The Task As part of the AGM we held a workshop looking at the cycle network in and around the Streets for People areas. Urban Movement, Phil Jones and Associates and Newcastle City Council provided us with maps covering the three areas Jesmond, Fenham, and Heaton and Ouseburn. The map below outlines the areas being covered. The maps provided indicated a routes that started to demonstrate a potential cycle network. The map for Fenham provided different types of routes (this map can be viewed here(.pdf)) and the other maps showed the routes with no differentiation between them. The routes from all the maps[…]

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Monument Area – Our Reply

Our reply to the recent TRO for the Monument Area of Newcastle City Centre Regarding GH/P44/1055 – Monument Area We are struggling to understand what problem(s) this TRO is attempting to resolve; the number of different parts that make up this TRO make it rather difficult to follow. There are sections of this TRO that will make cycling in the city centre more difficult than it already is, and in places also includes changes that could make movement through the area as a pedestrian more difficult. Some issues we were able to identify are: I 2c – Currently it is[…]

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3/5 Sustainable Safety principle – Predictability

In June 2014 we adopted Sustainable Safety as our first policy. Here we will describe the five principles of Sustainable Safety. This article will talk about Predictability and what it means. We have previously discussed Functionality and Homogeneity. We explained the need for clear classification of roads and how the difference in speed and mass of vehicles creates a need for different types of cycle provision depending on the function of the road. In Advancing Sustainable Safety by SWOV (http://www.swov.nl/rapport/DMDV/Advancing_Sustainable_Safety.pdf page 13) Predictability is described: “road environment and road user behaviour that support road user expectations through consistency and continuity in road[…]

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CCAF September 2013

Back in April Newcastle City council published their bid for the Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF) and in August nearly £6million was awarded to the council. This money has to be converted into changes on the ground by 2015. A tall ask! Newcastle’s bid promises stretches along four of the seven Strategic Cycle Routes (SCRs) to be completed, see below. It also includes the north-south link between Newcastle and Gateshead (Great North Cycleway) linking student accommodation at Gateshead’s Trinity Square to the campuses in Newcastle. Road and street environments in a number of communities are also to be improved for[…]

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