Newcastle and Gateshead Score Low For Cycling

This week the Campaign for Better Transport released their 2012 Car Dependency Scorecard. In the scorecard, Gateshead was ranked last in the category for Walking and Cycling, with Newcastle also ranking low at 22nd (out of 26). In the scorecard, the Future Plans for Newcastle and Gateshead are also seen as a problem as they seem to have no measures to address the low Walking and Cycling scores for the area. Gateshead has a particular issue with only around half of children cycling or walking to school, which has contributed towards it’s low ranking. Locally Sunderland compared significantly better, but[…]

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Metro, The Same Old Record

We ‘learnt’ that Metro bosses are still playing the same old record, see today’s Journal and the Chronicle. For the ones interested in the detail: Contrary to Huw Lewis, head of communciations, announcement, the working group (task & finish group) has NOT been set up. As we would be part of it, we would have heard, surely? We remain requesting to hear from Bernard Garner directly, not by proxy from his head of communications; and wonder whether Bernard’s taken up the offer by a Newcastle Councillor to meet at South Gosforth station to discuss the very subject? We renew our[…]

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Letter to Bernard Garner – Press Release

04.02.2012 PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CYCLE CAMPAIGNERS’ CALL FOR A TRIAL OF BIKES ON THE METRO An open letter was sent today to Metro bosses asking to pilot the carriage of standard bicycles on their network. The bicycle ban on Metro trains has for decades been a big bugbear to the cycling community. The Newcastle Cycling Campaign collected corroborating evidence in 2011, and swiftly submitted this to Metro bosses. The cycling community was also quick to renew their demand to carry bikes on the trains at an event organised by Metro in November 2011. In an open letter[…]

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