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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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Design and Planning – presentation to council

Katja presents at Newcastle City Council’s Cycle Forum. The presentation and its findings are based on our experience working with the Newcastle City Council’s councillors and officers since 2010. Good communication and a clear process are as important as leadership and technical expertise. Design and Planning, lessons learnt presentation to Newcastle City Council Cycle Forum from Katsdekker We outline six areas of improvement. 1. Political leadership (examples Sevilla, NYC) 2. Routes (approval pending) 3. Monitoring data (cycle use before and after, volume and speed of traffic to inform design) 4. Sustainable safety principles for road safety (user need, human psychology)[…]

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Correction of Liberal Democrat Focus leaflet smear

As active stakeholders and participants in the Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF) bid we wish to correct the North Jesmond’s Liberal Democrats statement on Acorn Road plans. Their political outlet, the Focus newsletter, broke the cross-party support and trust that council plans should have enjoyed. It was also factually incorrect and scaremongering. The essential points of the CCAF are that its designs and plans benefit pedestrians and cyclists and act as a catalyst for future human scale developments and improvements for everyone in the area by creating better street environments. Cities in the UK and Europe which have introduced such[…]

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Acorn Road – Public Street Design Event

Sustrans and Newcastle City Council would like to invite residents and businesses to a public street design event to be held on Acorn Road Saturday 8th March. This will be an opportunity to look at some options that have been developed for the streets around the shopping area and to chat through the opportunities and challenges ahead. We’ll also have the results of our Acorn & St George’s Retailers Survey. You can find them at the junction of Acorn, Larkspur and Sanderson Rd from 10am to 2pm – relocating the display boards to Jesmond Library which is open until 4:30pm.[…]

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Jesmond: Routes to Retail

Friday 29th November 6pm- 8pm Cricket Ground, Osborne Avenue Jesmond has received £350,000 from the Department for Transport to improve the environment for families walking and cycling to the retail area. How should the money be spent? The Residents Association (JRA) and Sustrans invite you to an evening of information and debate. How can we make routes into our shopping area more people friendly Speakers: Paola Spivach (Sustrans) & Ron Armstrong (JRA) – What can we take from what’s been done elsewhere, what works and what doesn’t? What are the benefits of shared space, and if so where? How can[…]

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