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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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Streets For People – general comment

Newcastle citizens may have noticed. Over the last few months, Newcastle council ran a Streets for People project. Through local engagement efforts and specialist consultants, neighbourhood streets were critically assessed, and changes debated in three areas: Jesmond, Heaton/Ouseburn and Fenham/Arthur’s Hill. Yes, we like to see more local engagement and expert assistance, however this does not distract from the current situation: Newcastle seemingly does not have a movement plan for its neighourhoods or its city road network. Lacking such a plan, it will remain difficult for us to comment on any scheme, as it essentially sits floating in a vacuum[…]

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Response to Draft transport accessibility action plan

This is a written response from newcycling.org to the “Draft transport accessibility action plan” – external link https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-transport-accessibility-action-plan We are a constituted organisation entirely run by volunteers. We formed in 2010 to address economic, social and spatial inequalities in the local transport system. We lobby Newcastle council for inclusive cycling infrastructure. Our organisation has 1,600 local members. We submit this response on behalf of our membership in line with our constitution and policies. We agree that the DfT’s advice on cycling infrastructure design must be updated. We do not however believe that a refresh of current guidance is sufficient at[…]

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Our response to the Highways England A1 Consultation

In August 2017, we responded to the online Highways England A1 (between Scotswood and North Brunton) consultation and expressed our strong disagreement with the proposal and its complete lack of consideration for cycling and walking. About the scheme To what extent do you agree, or disagree, with the need for improvements on the A1 between Scotswood and North Brunton? Strongly disagree I support the proposed improvement option for the A1 between Scotswood and North Brunton. Strongly disagree Please provide more details on why you are in support, or not in support, of this option.: The widening of A1 will in the[…]

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Our input into the North East Cycling and Walking Strategy

The North East Combined Authority has commissioned SYSTRA consultants in June/July 2017 to develop a cycling and walking strategy and implementation plan for the North East region to support the emerging Local Transport Plan. This is the reply we gave to the set of consultation questions: What should be the collective vision for cycling and walking in the NE? To create more liveable and sustainable neighbourhoods across the North East. To significantly increase the modal share of journeys that are walked and cycled in the North East and reduce the modal share of private motor journeys. For cycling and walking[…]

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Our response to Newcastle City Council’s delivery plan

We value this honest and critical assessment, but do not recognise the strong solutions that the assessment requires in order to improve Newcastle’s future. We must point the council, again, to the messages from Philippe Crist OECD, highlighting the link between a liveable city and good quality jobs. In order to get businesses thriving and a productive and satisfied workforce, our city’s spaces have to be adapted to solutions of the 21st Century. Citizens must be equitably able to access the places of commerce, civic care and leisure. Given the constraints in natural resources and increasing climate chaos, the human[…]

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Council Budget 2017/18 consultation – our reply

Dear Nick and Ged (cc Graham Grant) Our response to the Newcastle Budget 2017-18 will be short and based on previous years’ responses covering the budget periods 2013/16, 2015/16, and 2016/17. We have consistently asked for the Council to prioritise sustainable transport infrastructure and deploy resources accordingly. We still have to see a clear transition from investment into roads and motorised traffic to walking & cycling and public transport. Too often, the Council sends conflicting messages: supporting plans for additional car parking while building quality cycling cycleways in the city centre. How would people react to this, and how would[…]

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Our response to urban congestion inquiry

This is a written response from newcycling.org to the urban congestion inquiry We are a constituted organisation entirely run by volunteers. We formed in 2010 to address economic, social and spatial inequalities in the transport system and to lobby Newcastle council for decent cycling infrastructure. Our organisation has 1,600 local members. We submit this response on behalf of our membership. Our response We agree that traffic congestion is a serious problem that must be solved However the current way congestion is addressed, institutionally and technically, is not right A lot of things are done in the name of congestion relief.[…]

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NEXUS consultation on new metrocar fleet design – our reply

Newcycling has replied to Nexus consultation on the new Metrocar fleet design.  Individuals can reply online up until the 2 December 2016 – your chance to also ask for a 21st Century design which meets future needs and allows normal bikes on metro: http://www.nexus.org.uk/consultation/item/tell-us-your-views-interior-design-future-metrocars “Dear Tobyn We are delighted to note the consultation for design of the new metro cars. We welcome this. However the online form is not really suitable for use of interest groups, due to the many personal preference questions in the survey. Hence us writing this email to you, I hope you don’t mind. Please could you[…]

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Science Central West Development – Consultation reply

Did you know that Science Central, one of the key flagship developments within Newcastle city centre is aiming to be an exemplary site for sustainable urban development? In our reply to their Development Framework consultation, we remind the Council of their sustainable transport policies and recommend that they revisit their proposal for another car park and create cycling infrastructure linking up with the strategic cycle network.   “Dear Planning Policy team, The document states that a primary objective of the development is to “Establish Science Central as a site-wide test bed for exemplary sustainable urban development”, yet the document proposes the inclusion[…]

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