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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Traffic Management Proposals : Conversion/Designation of No Car Lanes to Bus Lanes

To: Newcastle City Council Cc: Newcastle MPs, relevant Councillors, Sustrans, CTC Dear ‘Sirs’ Cycling in the city centre is difficult and dangerous, not least of all due to the lack of clarity over road space. A petition in 2010 stressed that very clearly (https://newcycling.org/safe-cycling-petition). There are many things that will have to change to make Newcastle’s city centre fit for people, regain/retain economic vitality and play its uniqueness to its advantage. Overall, we are in support for a simplification of the current lane system as it would improve space clarity and abandons the cluttered and clustered approach to lane designation[…]

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Our response to the NE-LEP (Adonis) call for evidence

Dear Andrew Sorry about the late reply. I understand you asked for comments on NE LEP and only heard about it now. Grapevine grows slowly sometimes. We are a community group run entirely by volunteers (time-poor and passion-rich) and our response will hence be short & quick, as you will undoubtedly appreciate. I won’t ‘bore’ you with arduously listing all the fantastic benefits cycling can bring to the economy as I understand you are an avid supporter of cycling yourself. But what I do have to express is my shock to see a total absence of cycling acknowledgement in the[…]

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Technical consultation – Walker – our reply

From: Newcastle Cycling Campaign Newcycling Date: 16 December 2012 Subject: Fwd: Traffic Management Proposals : Proposed Waiting Restrictions on Welbeck Road Dear all WELBECK ROAD We support and welcome the proposals to improve cycling conditions – and indeed public realm in general – along the Welbeck corridor in Walker. This is excellent news for residents, shops and schools (amongst others) along that stretch, as well as local people of the surrounding wards and areas. Everyone should embrace this fantastic development with open arms. We are therefore unsure why Cllr David Wood feels he wants to hold up the process on[…]

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APPCG parliamentary inquiry

We’ve submitted evidence to the parliamentary inquiry http://allpartycycling.org/inquiry/ Our conclusions and recommendations are > We want to see an annual allocation of a national budget to cycling infrastructure > We ask cycling to be integrated into national and local government plans > Cycle monitoring data ought to be published by local authorities for public scrutiny and comment > We want local authorities to be enabled to use innovative cycle design > Re-instate Cycling England and commit DfT resources to help develop local cycling infrastructure design expertise

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1CORE – we’ve kept our comment short this time

Date: 12 September 2012 20:43 Subject: Re: Planning Newcastle’s Future – Consultation Events To: Planning & Housing Cc: Cllr Henri Murison, David Slater Dear Henri Dear David OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORE STRATEGY AND URBAN CORE AREA ACTION PLAN We want to keep this short as we have also commented previously. We do think much more must be done to create a place for people. A place is nothing without its people, and more emphasis must be put on residents, their health and wellbeing, wealth and opportunities. Transport is a major aspect on that journey to a sustainable place, and[…]

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Council meeting Brighton Grove

We’d have liked to attend. The time was prohibitive. Brighton Grove hearing of objections. Campaign has submitted their part-objection on numerous occasions and attended many meetings. We’ll keep an eye on the decisions taken by the council on this longstanding problem. It’s a shame we cannot personally attend the hearing: its daytime scheduling is prohibitive to volunteers, and we have brought this lack of inclusion to the attention of the council.

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