Acorn Street improvement group

The agenda will be as follows: 1. Update on progress with improving the corners – Hugh 2. Cycle parking – Tony 3. Update on particle measurements – Margaret (20 mins) 4. DIY streets and Acorn Road – Kieran (30 mins) 5. Discussion: future of the group – Tony There are new developments to report in relation the the Cycle City Ambition fund which will benefit Jesmond and specifically Acorn Road (particularly the Osborne Road end). Kieran will be leading the DIY streets approach from Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity. There is funding from the Cycle City Ambition Fund to apply[…]

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INFO SHEET : CYCLING AND RETAIL

What research tells us: Retailers typically overestimate the importance of the car for their customers’ shopping (see 1 and 2) >> it is important to investigate perception and reality Shoppers by bike (and foot) visit more, are more loyal to a shopping location, and spend more in the long-term (see 3, 4 and 7, 8) >> cycle-friendly environments and calmer streets help local retail Redesigning streets and spaces for people, not cars, is good for the local economy (see 5 and 6) >> people will spend more time (and money) and return more often Non-UK Mainland European countries are leading[…]

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Pollution, cars and streets

The Acorn Road planning group heard an excellent presentation on traffic emissions and air quality by Professor Margaret Bell CBE, Newcastle University, on 18 July 2013 at Jesmond Legion. Conclusion: • a sustainable future rests with ‘doing things differently’ • a substantial reduction in vehicle kilometres driven is essential • spatial and transport planning is key as journeys can be kept short, green and healthy Traffic pollution, climate change and restricting car use from Katsdekker Some key points of the talk: • UK has a binding target to reduce CO2 by 67% by 2010 over 2010 level, and to meet[…]

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The past, present and future of Acorn Road

A whopping fifty people attended the meeting on Acorn Road at the Cricket Club in Jesmond on the 23rd May. The meeting, organised by or partners Transition Jesmond as part of the Jesmond Community Festival, wanted to promote public discussion about the proposals which have been developed by the Acorn Road improvement group over the last year or so. The meeting was also reported in the Journal on 25 May. Rev Rob Hawkins of the Jesmond Methodist Church very ably chaired the proceedings and it started off with Alan Morgan, a city guide, speaking on the history of Acorn Road[…]

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News clippings – Councils hit back at cycling critics

Chronicle (17 May 2013) Councils hit back at cycling critics (No link – so article has been replicated below) COUNCIL chiefs have it back at claims that they are not doing enough to support two-wheeled travel on Tyneside. Chairman [sic.] of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, Katja Leyendeker, claimed that while the city is “making the right noises” about encouraing more pople to convert to pedal power, so far there had been lttle to show for it. She also accused Gateshead Council of being “way behind in taking cycling seriously as a mode of transport” and as a result would “miss[…]

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Is Newcastle Fit for Cycling?

After years of talk, frustrated cyclists want to know how serious Newcastle really is about creating safe conditions for everyone to cycle. There are good signs but bad ones too. What is Newcastle City Council doing to become a City Fit for Cycling? Nationally there are many positive signs. Department for Transport offering good chunks of cash to local authorities if they promise to take road space away from car use to create cycle routes; practical empirical research is taking place at the Transport Research Laboratory to determine gaps in the cycle infrastructure design and approval; and a national newspaper[…]

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Jesmond Community Festival

For the first time, the festival will have a family bike ; it’s on Sunday 19 May, 2 :00pm, meet at the bandstand, Exhibition park. There will also be a debate on Acorn Road on Thursday 23 May, 8 :00pn at the Cricket club. To read more about it, go to : https://newcycling.org/news/20130420/acorn-road-futures For more info and to spread the word, please see the posters below. A big thank you to Tony Waterson from the Safe Cycling Jesmond and Transition Town groups who organised both events Finally if you’d like to help with the kick off event, the street parade[…]

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The Future of Acorn Road

Speakers will include Alan Morgan on the past history of Acorn Road and Sarah Cawrse on the plans for development of this fine sub-urban district shopping street. Come along. And help spread the word, flyer attached below.

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