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Ouseburn DIY Streets – our comment

Newcycling is Newcastle’s cycling campaign. We are a constituted community group with 1,400 members, holding decision-makers to account over their policies to create conditions that enable cycling for everyone by building seven Strategic Cycle Routes into the city centre and an accompanying network of neighbourhood streets prioritising walking and cycling in the city’s transport system. We welcome the plans for the Ouseburn [PDF 12Mb]. We believe they are a first, and firm, step towards a more people-oriented environment and atmosphere in the Ouseburn. Of course, much more physical change is needed in the long-run when we have to continue, and[…]

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TfL – LCDS consultation

Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign, 1,400 members, volunteer organisation, constituted, formed in 2010) would like to respond to your request about views on the draft version of the London Cycling Design Standards (LCDS). Our interest in this is that we want to bring high quality cycle infrastructure to Newcastle, and we believe that a good set of (national) design standards (amongst political and ministerial will, national and local) would help achieve that. Standards are important. Comparatively to cycle-friendly countries, like the Netherlands, the UK is lacking behind in succeeding because we are still failing to focus on designing for people (over[…]

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DfT – TSRGD 2015 consultation

To a call by the DfT consultation on the revised Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2015 Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign, 1,300 members, volunteer organisation, constituted, formed in 2010) would like to respond to your request about views. Our views on consultations like this one are reached by way of a Committee, formed to uphold aims, objects, vision and reputation of the organisation. You state that “the draft has been put together following intensive consultation with stakeholders over the last few years” – the landscape is fast changing in relation to cycling, walking and their vital contribution to liveable cities,[…]

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Response to the Strategic Economic Plan consultation

We are severely worried about the very lacking status of sustainable active transport in the strategy. It seems that only major traditional (road) projects are concentrated upon, when the future will be about creating liveable places, towns and cities. This is a landuse planning and a devolved engineering issue. By not acknowledging the ‘crossroads’ we find ourselves on, we are manoeuvring ourselves into a dead end. I refer you to Iain Docherty’s thinkpiece on your website. Section B4 mentions points that would undermine the North East’s ability to grow, and discusses a few points, but misses out transport entirely. The[…]

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Response to Local Authority (Car) Parking consultation

We’d like to support the Cycling Embassy submission http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/news/2014/02/12/response-to-dft-consultation-on-local-authority-parking to your Local Authority (Car) Parking consultation https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/local-authority-parking. The Localism agenda in fact should give more freedom to local authorities to decide their own parking strategies. We believe that local authorities should be allowed to set their own levels of parking fees and indeed be permitted to “earn” excess income that should be invested in car alternatives such as bike infrastructure. Many studies have shown that the role of car use is overestimated for shopping. We point you towards Sustrans Retail Vitality studies that replicate outcomes of Continental studies. We’ve seen[…]

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Gosforth Corridor Scheme Proposed Cycle Lanes

13 February 2014 Sent to: Councillors from three wards, Newcastle North MP, cycle officer We SUPPORT IN PRINCIPLE the creation of cycle-specific space on Great North Road, but we do question the adequacy of the strength of separation that’s proposed. We’d suggest that a cycle lane (space solely separated by a painted line) currently planned for West side (north of Park Avenue to Broadway) is not enough on a fast busy road like Great North Road that has an 85%ile speed of 37mph and two-way traffic flow of between 20,000 and 30,000 daily (up to or over 3,000 hourly peak).[…]

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Gosforth Corridor Scheme TRO

31 January 2014 Sent to: Councillors from three wards, Newcastle North MP, Cabinet Transport Cllr Ged Bell, cycle champion Cllr Marion Talbot, council officers (various) Dear all In the light of what’s been presented and the lack of communication leading up to the traffic order being issued, we feel obliged to OBJECT to the proposal as it stands. This is on the grounds of vehicle movement and road / junction capacity being negligently the sole design priority for this scheme, at the expense of walking / cycling safety, attractiveness of place and long-term environmental factors (air, noise) that can only[…]

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Transport Committee – local decision making on transport expenditure

To a call by the Transport Committee – Local decision making on transport expenditure Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign, 1,200 members, volunteer organisation, constituted, formed in 2010) would like to respond to your request about views on local transport expenditure. We will focus solely on cycling (and progress on council policy to increase cycle modal share) as this shows both the complexity of the process and the current disconnect in clear accountability and evidenced decision-making for public spending and policy. The wider context is that other countries spend up to £30 per head on cycling to extend and maintain their networks[…]

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Transport Committee – Cycling safety: follow up

To a call by the Transport Committee – Cycling safety: follow up Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign, 1,200 members, volunteer organisation, constituted, formed in 2010 ) would like to respond to your request about views on cycling safety. We will comment on cycle safety purely in the context of urban transport cycling. Specifically you ask to answer three questions: 1) Whether cycling is safe, particularly in towns and cities We believe that the current road environment makes cycling a transport option available only to the ‘brave and fit’ thereby leaving dormant the large majority of the population and the potential of[…]

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Getting to the core of 1Core (cont)

If you were put out by the 300+ page document, but were prepared to read something, here it was: Cycling pp138-141, click here. Read more about the 1Core here CORE CYCLING POLICY    Introduction The core policy, above, reads okay at first sight and is no doubt well-intentioned. To avoid later queries and possible heartache, we’d really like to ask what “wherever [sic.] appropriate” and “promoting cycle improvements” means. And we note that Newcastle, after some to-ing and fro-ing, now once again agrees with us that the city centre North-South route (aka ‘Great’ North Cycleway or Atkin’s red route) is[…]

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