John Dobson Street

This week the council have made plans for John Dobson Street public. You can view the plans here, and you can share your views on the scheme here. Alternatively, the council are holding sessions at the City Library over the following week (details available through the previous links). With this plan, we are very optimistic about the future of John Dobson Street to be one for people – as a destination as well as connecting more fairly and smartly by enabling active and healthy travel choices. The conceptual plan that we have seen appears to achieve that shift away from[…]

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Response to Newcastle budget 2015-16 consultation

To Newcastle City Council In future, we would have liked to see the transport budget be presented in a much clearer way. The format and structure of the consultation is too complex and does not allow the reader to understand the full extent of resources and associated income, investment and/or cuts allocated to transport. In particular it should better articulate the rationale and economic case for investing in sustainable forms of travel, especially societal and financial gains made when enabling cycling through cycle infrastructure (capital investment). The budget should also clarify the revenue resources available to support the transition to[…]

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Our response to the Durham Road QTC consultation in Gateshead

The proposed plan for Durham Road QTC can be found here (external link) Newcycling’s response sent to Nick Clennett (cc Andrew Low), Gateshead Council on 6 November 2014 TS‐109 Durham Road QTC Phase 4 – Consultation – Not In Favour Of Proposals Dear Nick, I have reviewed the proposed Durham Road highway scheme issued for consultation by Gateshead Council. I ask the council to undertake a redesign of the scheme and address serious issues with the design as issued for consultation. Local representatives of charities and user groups concerned with walking and cycling take a keen interest in this scheme given the routes importance as a[…]

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Our response to the National Cycling Delivery Plan

It took about a year and a half for the government and DfT to respond to the Get Britain Cycling report which led to an unprecedented parliamentary debate on cycling in September 2013. The Cycling Delivery Plan, which also covers walking, can be found here And this is our response to the informal consultation: ________________________ To: Department for Transport Newcycling is Newcastle’s cycling campaign; it is a voluntary and community sector organisation constituted in 2010 which represent 1,500 members. We want to see better cycling conditions and more dedicated space for cycling. Newcycling has reviewed the Cycling Delivery Plan submitted[…]

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Acorn Road consultation response

In the future, we would like to see Acorn Road fully pedestrianised along its entire length from Osborne Road to St George’s Terrace. It should be permeable to walking and cycling and should filter out vehicle traffic. This hands space back to people, allowing social interaction and cleaner air and thus creating a welcoming street for shoppers who would feel comfortable in spending longer periods of time on it. Pedestrianisation would bring about a step change towards space-fairness: pedestrians and cyclists have been found to spend more in local shops than drivers. Space-fairness is currently not reflected in our shopping[…]

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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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