Three years after handing in the Safe Cycling Petition to the Council, Katja Leyendecker addressed the full Council again. This time, it was to take stock and review progress.
Some good things have happened – in particular the commitment to create strategic cycling routes to the city centre, but Katja made it clear that we have yet to see any concrete improvements on the ground. Physical improvements to our roads that will enable everybody, women, kids and elderly people to use a bicycle as a means of transport and get around safely. These are the improvements that the 800 people who signed the 2010 petition asked for.
At the end of the speech, Cllr Ged Bell, the cabinet member for Investment and Development, responded. He re-assured everybody that cycling remained high on the Labour agenda, and that there are plans to deliver cycling improvements – Gosforth and John Dobson Street were specifically mentioned.
Real improvements yet to be seen.
A full transcript of the speech can be found here.