Contraflow design controversy

You reported – we acted. Cycle contraflows, if designed inclusively and well, can be a powerful tool in a city’s cycle network. We previously reported about contraflows here. Our streets are changing throughout the city – you may have seen white road markings appear on Clayton Street – part of the recently finished Central Station works. You may even have stopped and wondered what it was and what it did. It’s Newcastle’s first cycle contraflow and sadly the safety of its design is lacking as the space is not protected from vehicle invasion. It would be great to get Newcastle’s[…]

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Data: one-way streets, contraflows and permeability

From my own experience, but also guidance documents and info sheets (see bottom), it’s pretty clear that opening up one-way streets to cycling is one of the most inexpensive and effective ways to quickly improve cycling experience. It of course works – no magic involved – by giving connectivity, reconnecting shortcuts where there previously was a detour and more generally by increasing permeability and route choice. I even ended last year’s youreport article, where members discussed good examples of cycling infrastructure from here and abroad, with this sentence: “The local cycle group in Braunschweig curates a spatial representation of contraflows[…]

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Cyclists call for contraflows in one-way streets

Newcycling, Newcastle’s cycling campaign, urges Newcastle City Council to follow in Brighton & Hove’s footstep and open up one-way streets for cycling. This is a common practice elsewhere with plenty of guidance material and case studies available. Even the Department for Transport waded in recently to make conversion easier for councils to achieve. Cycle campaigners vow to help council in the process too. Cycling is all about safe routes and good connectivity. Allowing cycling through one-way streets means that detours could be shortened and routes simplified, making it more intuitive and user-friendly to cycle around the city. Cyclists have now[…]

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Katja reports from “Harz und Heide”

Braunschweig : Contraflows This story is part of our youReport series. The city of Braunschweig, Lower Saxon in northern Germany, with its 250,000 resident sits comfortably mid-field in the 2012 Fahrradklima-Test (cycling barometer) – the German cycle city ranking. It struck me when I moved to the UK how much we allow roads to be overpowered by car use. In my home town Braunschweig (Brunswick) in northern Germany roads appear to have more of a purpose and inner-city roads seem be split into two types: • roads for cars (vehicle movement) and these will have bicycle provision on them, cycle[…]

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Katja addressing full council

Thank you Lord Mayor I stood here in the same spot almost three years ago in 2010 – I hope some of you might remember that occasion. I was recently reminded of just how much cycling is an important local issue when I read in the Chronicle the good news that Gateshead Council is investing £1.5m to make it easier for people to visit their new Trinity Square by bike. This route is crucial as it represents the connection between Gateshead and Newcastle. When I stood here three years ago I presented a petition to Council asking for your political[…]

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We’ve written to Cllr Nigel Todd

Heartened by last year’s engagement and action on Brighton Grove, we’ve written to Newcastle’s local politician responsible for cycling, Cllr Nigel Todd, and ask for action. We’ve outlined the following four achievable targets for completion by 31 March 2012: 1. Allow cycling on Northumberland Street and make a start with out-of-shopping hours, as highlighted by the Safe Cycling petition in 2010 2. Map cycle lanes and give them double-yellow-line status (no parking in cycle lanes), as suggested by our patron Prof Stephen Singleton 3. Provide the definitive list of Newcastle’s one-way streets and allow contra-flow cycling in at least five[…]

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