‘Ludicrous’ or ‘wonderful’? Reaction from day one of Newcastle rat run bridge closures

Chronicle – 13 August 2020 (Daniel Holland) Newcastle City Council closed five bridges in residential neighbourhoods to traffic on Thursday morning, in an experimental move that has sparked fierce debate in recent weeks. Controversial traffic bans on five Newcastle bridges have come into force – and were met with a mixture of anger, joy, and calls for constructive talks after weeks of fierce debate. Traffic cones and closure signs appeared on Thursday morning in the first stage of Newcastle City Council’s plans to cut rat-running by shutting five crossings to traffic – Salters Bridge in Gosforth, Castle Farm Road next[…]

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New images reveal how five rat run Newcastle bridges could look after vehicles are banned next week

Chronicle – 7 August 2020 (Daniel Holland) Newcastle City Council is set to close five crossings in residential neighbourhoods to vehicles from next Thursday, August 13, in an effort to cut pollution and create safer space for walking and cycling. The affected sites will be Salters Bridge in Gosforth, Castle Farm Road next to Jesmond Dene, Haldane Bridge in Jesmond, the Argyle Street Bridge near Manors Metro station, and Stoneyhurst Bridge in South Gosforth. The Stoneyhurst closure in particular has sparked a fierce debate among locals, some of whom fear that cutting off access will lead to heavy congestion on surrounding roads.[…]

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Action you can take! Campaign: Safe streets for social distancing

Newcastle City Council has announced ambitious plans to make more space for walking and cycling in response to Covid-19. We need your help to let them know how urgent and necessary this work is and where changes are needed in your neighbourhood to enable you to get around safely at this time. You can use one of the links below to generate an email to the Leader of the Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, and the Cabinet Member for Transport and Air Quality, Cllr Arlene Ainsley. If these don’t work, you can copy and paste the text below. Please consider adding[…]

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A decade of cycleway activism: what‘s just happened?

A warm welcome back to Katja who will be speaking at our Christmas social evening. Kick off at 5:30 – talk followed by Q&A and drinks & snacks after 7:00pm in a nearby place. Everybody welcome! Katja takes us through ten years of campaigning for cycleways in Newcastle. She also – as part of her PhD – had a look at Bremen, a cycle city in Germany. There are similarities and differences in the two cities, their kinds of activism and decision-making processes. Katja tells an activist story in times of political deficit and technical rule of automobility. At a[…]

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NewCycling Social Evening

Come and join us at the Cycle Hub for our social evening. It’s an informal gathering to discuss what changes are required to reduce carbon emissions from transport. What is the current situation Newcastle, how big is the challenge and what urgent radical steps need to be taken now. First drink on us. All welcome!

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‘Clean Air Coalition’ demands new vision to solve Tyneside’s pollution crisis – on top of the toll

Evening Chronicle – 13 May 2019 Prominent action groups are urging Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside chiefs to do more to convince people of the need to slash toxic emissions. Campaigners have united behind demands for council bosses to deliver more innovative plans to cut dangerous pollution levels on Tyneside – on top of a new clean air toll. Sally Watson, chair of Newcastle Cycling Campaign said: “They need to move away from behaviour change campaigns which put the responsibility on individuals to change their behaviour and should outline concrete plans for a high-quality walking and cycling network. “People will choose[…]

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Space for Heaton

Meet the newly formed SPACE for Heaton (www.spaceforheaton.com). This short video is an introduction and a call to arms for all residents of the Heaton/High Heaton area who are interested in joining the new community group campaigning for a better environment for all. You can sign up to get news and updates on their website. Hold the Oscars. SPACE for Heaton *THE MOVIE* is here… Hold the Oscars. SPACE for Heaton *THE MOVIE* is here… pic.twitter.com/iyp9D1vv72 — SPACE for Heaton (@SPACEforHeaton) February 12, 2018  

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Space for Cycling event

This event was organised by Cycling UK with input from local campaigners including Newcycling, DBUG, Trust Pathways and North Tyneside Cycling Campaign to spread the word about space for cycling and share our experience and tips about cycling campaigning across the North East. You will find below Claire, Karen and Peter’s presentations. More information on the Cycling UK website: http://www.cyclinguk.org/campaign/space-for-cycling   Presentationnewcycling2017 from newcycling Trust pathways graham's story from newcycling Newcycling s4 c-durham from newcycling  

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Call for donations – Grow your Tenner 2016

It’s Grow Your Tenner time again! The “double-your-donation” match-funding scheme opens at 10am on Tuesday 18 October and runs until 5pm Thursday  17 November 2016, or until the funding pot runs out – whichever comes first. Last year match-funding ran out after just 11 days and we’re expecting the same to happen again this year.  So if you’d like to participate please mark your calendars now and act promptly! We will send you a wee reminder on the day, just in case. Last year we raised an impressive £620 and this year, with your help, we want to raise even[…]

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