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City Centre 20mph expansion TRO

We would firstly like to express our thanks and support to the the council for extending the city centre 20mph. This is something we have been asking for over the past few years and we are glad to see that this is happening. We would also like to take this as opportunity to raise a few questions and points that we have about the 20mph zone. Firstly, we feel that a number of streets should also be included in the 20mph zone: Barras Bridge, between Claremont Road and Haymarket The Quayside – in particular the section East of the swing[…]

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Benwell Lane TRO

In general we support the council with the proposed changes as they will create an improvement for cycling along this section of road. We do have some cycle safety concerns from the design which have previously been discussed with the council, these are: The stretches where cycle lanes are provided on the right hand side (with traffic flow) of parked cars instead of being protected on the left hand side. Where the bus stop/cycle infrastructure is not as good as it could be (e.g. by Prince Philip Road, a shared space bus stop has been provided, but space would allow[…]

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John Dobson Street TRO

To John Dobson Street design team Following the comments we made during the recent public engagement phase, we are happy to see the scheme still in tact at the traffic order stage. When we last commented on the scheme we made a specific point about the cycle roundabout at the junction with Northumberland Road being of an unnecessarily complex layout for cycling – we are glad to see that this junction has been simplified. We do however have questions we would like to ask at this stage. 1) On the junction with Northumberland Road, on the West side the movements[…]

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Acorn Road – traffic order response

NewCycling (Newcastle Cycling Campaign) generally support the changes though we do have a few concerns that we would like to raise: We feel that the possibility of creating a vibrant street scape that increases walking and cycling in the area has been watered down significantly since the plans were first drawn up, and this has been done to provide a small number of extra car parking spaces. We are very disappointed that this has happened. It is not clear how cyclists will exit Acorn Road on to Osborne Road, and likewise it is not clear how cyclists will enter Acorn[…]

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John Dobson Street

This week the council have made plans for John Dobson Street public. You can view the plans here, and you can share your views on the scheme here. Alternatively, the council are holding sessions at the City Library over the following week (details available through the previous links). With this plan, we are very optimistic about the future of John Dobson Street to be one for people – as a destination as well as connecting more fairly and smartly by enabling active and healthy travel choices. The conceptual plan that we have seen appears to achieve that shift away from[…]

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Response to Newcastle budget 2015-16 consultation

To Newcastle City Council In future, we would have liked to see the transport budget be presented in a much clearer way. The format and structure of the consultation is too complex and does not allow the reader to understand the full extent of resources and associated income, investment and/or cuts allocated to transport. In particular it should better articulate the rationale and economic case for investing in sustainable forms of travel, especially societal and financial gains made when enabling cycling through cycle infrastructure (capital investment). The budget should also clarify the revenue resources available to support the transition to[…]

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Our response to the Durham Road QTC consultation in Gateshead

The proposed plan for Durham Road QTC can be found here (external link) Newcycling’s response sent to Nick Clennett (cc Andrew Low), Gateshead Council on 6 November 2014 TS‐109 Durham Road QTC Phase 4 – Consultation – Not In Favour Of Proposals Dear Nick, I have reviewed the proposed Durham Road highway scheme issued for consultation by Gateshead Council. I ask the council to undertake a redesign of the scheme and address serious issues with the design as issued for consultation. Local representatives of charities and user groups concerned with walking and cycling take a keen interest in this scheme given the routes importance as a[…]

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Our response to the National Cycling Delivery Plan

It took about a year and a half for the government and DfT to respond to the Get Britain Cycling report which led to an unprecedented parliamentary debate on cycling in September 2013. The Cycling Delivery Plan, which also covers walking, can be found here And this is our response to the informal consultation: ________________________ To: Department for Transport Newcycling is Newcastle’s cycling campaign; it is a voluntary and community sector organisation constituted in 2010 which represent 1,500 members. We want to see better cycling conditions and more dedicated space for cycling. Newcycling has reviewed the Cycling Delivery Plan submitted[…]

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Acorn Road consultation response

In the future, we would like to see Acorn Road fully pedestrianised along its entire length from Osborne Road to St George’s Terrace. It should be permeable to walking and cycling and should filter out vehicle traffic. This hands space back to people, allowing social interaction and cleaner air and thus creating a welcoming street for shoppers who would feel comfortable in spending longer periods of time on it. Pedestrianisation would bring about a step change towards space-fairness: pedestrians and cyclists have been found to spend more in local shops than drivers. Space-fairness is currently not reflected in our shopping[…]

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Ouseburn DIY Streets – our comment

Newcycling is Newcastle’s cycling campaign. We are a constituted community group with 1,400 members, holding decision-makers to account over their policies to create conditions that enable cycling for everyone by building seven Strategic Cycle Routes into the city centre and an accompanying network of neighbourhood streets prioritising walking and cycling in the city’s transport system. We welcome the plans for the Ouseburn [PDF 12Mb]. We believe they are a first, and firm, step towards a more people-oriented environment and atmosphere in the Ouseburn. Of course, much more physical change is needed in the long-run when we have to continue, and[…]

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