Communicating and Debating Ambition and Changes

As part of the delivery arrangements of the City Cycling Ambition Funded (CCAF) programme, a Stakeholders Group has been set up and met for the first time on 18 September 2013. Its aim is to communicate the CCAF vision and plans to a larger audience and involve groups and local communities at an early stage. The stated role and responsibilities of the group are to: – maintain the vision of ambition – disseminate comments from local groups – inform technical and management groups – champion the programme within communities Unlocking the bicycle makes a liveable city – but this simple[…]

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Central Station

To: Goodwin, Adam; Dyke, Samantha; Streetworks Cc: Forbes, Nick (Cllr); Kingsland, Joanne (Cllr); O’Brien, Geoffrey (Cllr); Talbot, Marion (Cllr); Bill Dodds; Heather Evans; Bryn Dowson Subject: Fwd: Central Gateway – Proposed TRO   In response to the above TRO, we would like to offer our views on the scheme for the spatial redesign of the Central Station Gateway and the process that has been used to produce the plans for this scheme. We thank the council and the officers involved for the way in which the stakeholder consultation process has been carried out. The use of an iterative consultation process in drawing[…]

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Fenham Hall Drive – driving you mad

Newcastle does not appear to have the same openness and clarity of mind that Birmingham has recently demonstrated. At the city’s peril, Newcastle risks to hold back progress for safer cycling and walking. Our city has of course its 10-year cycle strategy. But just how the ambitious target of 20% of all short journeys to be done by bike by 2022 (a tenfold increase on current levels) is to materialise, is a question to be asked especially in the light of council’s approach to Fenham Hall Drive. For more on Fenham Hall Drive click here Birmingham has recently looked at[…]

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Fenham Hall Drive – RASC query

Subject: Fwd: Regulatory and Appeals Sub Committee Hearing re Fenham Hall Drive – Proposed Cycle Lane To: traffic.notices@newcastle.gov.uk Cc: Cllrs Stockdale, Pearson, Risk, Ali, McCarty, Todd + Sustrans, CTC Thanks for your email and the various attachments. We will not be able to make the appointment. As a group of volunteers, most of us are in full-time employment so that 13:00 is not a feasible time for us to attend meetings. Please allow us the following observation. The officers’ objection rebuttal reads that parents have expressly stated that they want the cycle route to be ‘on the path’. We feel[…]

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Fenham Hall Drive – Formal consultation reply

Sadly time was running out so that… We feel obliged to OBJECT to the scheme on the original grounds given at the technical consultation stage (https://newcycling.org/news/20120816/fenham-hall-drive-consultation-response/). In addition, we wish to express our most sincere disappointment that the council could not make available basic and vital scheme documents (road safety audit and plans) in time to allow us proper examination. This is despite our requesting them early on in the statutory consultation period ending 6 March (plans: 8 February and audit: 12 February). That request was recently reinforced by Councillor. To improve trust and future working relations and design outcomes,[…]

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Gosforth transport corridor proposals

To: Gary Macdonald (Newcastle City Council) Cc: Harvey Emms, Cllr Nigel Todd, Cllr Henry Gallagher, Cllr Bill Shepherd (all Newcastle City Council), Bill Dodds (vice-chair of Forum) Hello Gary GOSFORTH CYCLE SAFETY FUND It’s good to see resources and funds being pooled to develop an area much in need of a make-over, yet it does remain unclear to us why Gosforth High Street should require a bypass for “less experienced cyclists”. Please note that the DfT bid document calls them more aptly “new cyclists”. Does the council want to push cyclists out of the way? Gosforth High Street is part[…]

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Walker Welbeck Road – formal consulation response

From: Newcastle Cycling Campaign Date: 1 February 2013 Subject: “Welbeck Road Area – Proposed Cycle Lanes and Prohibition of Waiting”, ref GH/P44/951 To: traffic.notices@newcastle.gov.uk Cc: Cllrs Todd, Murison, CTC, Sustrans Dear all WELBECK ROAD Following our email dated 16 December 2012, we, as an organisation representing 715 members, re-iterate our SUPPORT for the proposals to improve cycling conditions – and indeed public realm in general – along the Welbeck corridor in Walker. All our points stated in this previous reply remain. We would like to stress that all features including the mandatory bicycle lanes are road safety improvements that will[…]

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Our (last minute) response to the Armitt Review

Hello A very quick response to the Armitt review You are right in your diagnosis of the problem in that cross-party support is currently missing. As such a national transport plan, soundly based on data and numbers for example carbon emission reduction and sustainable road safety is needed. There of course is the car/oil/road lobby constantly and elaborately skewing the debate towards unachievable targets and outcomes usually “driven” by short-term economic gains. Then there is the mis- or uniformed politician receiving this information which, when used unreflected, is calamitous. The political debate however has to move on. I’d think that[…]

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Budget 2013-16 proposal – response

First of all we’d like to say a big Thank-You for setting aside a budget for the Strategic Cycle Routes in the capital programme. This is greatly appreciated and a really good start to get matters moving towards a more healthy and resilient city. Investment in cycling infrastructure has many direct and indirect benefits. It is a preventative method that will generate environmental, social and economic returns in the medium and long terms for the city and its residents. – We note that nearly the entire city centre is part of the ADZ allocation. Public realm improvements are important to[…]

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