A week of meetings, and a festival

Some eyes and ears appear to have popped open recently. We’ve had a fair slice of cake (well, meetings, and too many at that to recall here) and we’ve learnt this: Good – we seem to agree on where we are (City is untenable for mass cycling) and where we ought to be (City fit for cycling) – Cllr Henri Murison largely agrees with the 1Plan – mandating a European style city centre, virtually car-free with a ring of car parks outside the urban core, the urban core serviced by walking, cycling and a much more effective bus system –[…]

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Twenty – what’s in it for us?

Yesterday Newcastle City Council said it had analysed data that showed their 20mph speed limits reduce collisions and incidents: – Chronicle http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/communities/fenham/2012/09/14/newcastle-s-20mph-speed-limits-reduce-accidents-72703-31833408/ – Newcastle City Council press release http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/news-story/drop-accidents-city-streets Without having seen the figures it’s hard to comment in detail. The feeling is however one of “well done” and “of course it would”. The conversion which took place in six phases over three years now sees “of the 3,813 streets and roads in the city – including primary routes and A and B roads – all 3,438 neighbourhood streets carry a 20 mph speed limit, representing 90% of all routes[…]

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Grey Street is dangerous

We really do agree with this question about Grey Street. Written Question to Councillor Murison, (WRITTEN 1) Cabinet Member for Quality of Life from Councillor Henry Gallagher Page 48 of the 1Plan states: “Too many streets and spaces are dominated by cars and buses – even Grey Street is invaded by traffic.” It further states on page 78: “We need to establish principles for access and parking in the urban core, based on a ring of car parks and an effective traffic management regime. This will reduce the amount of traffic and enable the progressive removal of parked cars from[…]

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Newcastle’s New Administration

Following the election, we contacted Newcastle’s new leader Cllr Nick Forbes with some suggestions. = = = = = = Subject: An open letter to the new Leader of the Council To: Cllr Forbes Cc: Cllr Todd, Cllr Murison Dear Cllr Nick Forbes Congratulations to your recent appointment. We at the Newcastle Cycling Campaign are really looking forward to working with your administration. Please find links to our >> Open Letter to the Leader of the Council [attached below] >> Newcastle Cycle Manifesto [attached below] For completeness sake, a papercopy is also in the post. We are wishing you and[…]

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