Foot Power, Pedal Power

A user safety report will be launched. Now Living Streets, the National charity for walkers, has joined forces with the Newcastle Cycling Campaign to call for action to be taken.

Walkers and cyclists have teamed up to ask for improvements at a notorious road junction in Newcastle. Haddricks Mill has already been cited by The Times as being one of the worst junctions in the UK for cycling.

Colin Green, chair of the Tyneside Living Streets group said “This junction and much of the surrounding area is intimidating for walkers and prevents children walking to nearby schools. The environment and road infrastructure is third world and third rate. It is not worthy of a major city. It is bad for motorists and worse for cyclists and walkers.”

Katja Leyendecker, chair of Newcastle Cycling Campaign said “Something got to be done. The current situation at Haddricks Mill is very bad for everyone trying to use it, and even dangerous for people on foot and by bike. There is a bit of a heads-in-the-sand attitude at the moment. Hopefully our report helps re-focus some energy and good will.

“The council will have to answer this question, is it about user safety and comfort or solely about traffic flow for cars?”

The report ‘Foot Power, Pedal Power’ is being launched at a meeting at Newcastle Arts Centre at 6pm on Monday 21st January. Council Officers have been invited to give their responses to the 26 recommendations made in the report.

Colin Green Tel 07815823819 and email
Katja Leyendecker Tel 07828604349

Notes for Editors:

Living Streets is the national charity in support of walking and pedestrians; it also operates through local volunteer groups like the Living Streets – Tyneside Area group chaired by award-winning Colin Green

The Newcastle Cycling Campaign was founded in 2010 by Katja Leyendecker & award-winning campaigner Claire Prospert in response to an 800-strong petition urging Newcastle City Council to improve conditions for people on bikes

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