Newcastle adopts bike policy – 10-year cycle plan

On 1 February 2012 Newcastle City Council adopted the 10-year Cycle Plan for Newcastle. Read the transcript below. You can watch the video here http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council/how-council-works/council-meeting-01022012 by going to 29:30 (warning – slow loading) Lord Mayor (Cllr Geoff O’Brien): We move on to agenda item No.8 which is Delivering Cycling Improvements. I’d like Cllr Todd to introduce the report, to move the report which will be seconded by Cllr Murison. Am I correct? Yes. Cllr Todd you have the floor. Deputy Cabinet for Transport and Environment (Cllr Nigel Todd): Thank you Lord Mayor. It gives me enormous pleasure to recommend Delivering[…]

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Newcastle Cycle City promise – press release

28.01.2012 PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE PROMISE OF A FANTASTIC FUTURE FOR CYCLING IN THE CITY Wednesday 1st February promises to be a day of celebration for cyclists in Newcastle. A detailed action plan ‘Delivering Cycling Improvements in Newcastle’ will be formally agreed by Newcastle City Council. This builds on the recently agreed ‘Cycling Strategy for Newcastle’ and its key aim to create a vibrant cycle culture with every 1 in 5 trips under five miles being undertaken by bicycle by 2021. Currently this number is in the region of 1 in 50 and a ten-fold increase is[…]

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Newcastle Cllr Travel Survey 2011

This year, again, we asked Newcastle councillors a few questions – via an easy-peasy short online survey. We used the Cycle Manifesto as the coat hanger and started by asking whether there were any questions on your part about the manifesto, its purpose, use and implementation and gave our councillors suggestions how to help cycling Support our bid proposal “Wheels in Motion” Participate at City Chief Cycle Challenge 2011 Blog about cycling, twitter, facebook Start cycling and let the campaign know how it went Describe to us why you don’t cycle Attend the council’s cycle forum Attend a Newcastle Cycling[…]

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We’ve written to Cllr Nigel Todd

Date: 3 July 2011 12:34 Subject: Transport & Environment – cycling update Hi Nigel Further to the Brighton Grove email, a ward matter, and it’s the perfect example: as you know it’s not all rosy in the world of transport at the council especially with respect to cycling. Overall, we would like to see a council that does what it says it would do. This is currently is not the case. Over the last 9-12 months we have been trying to work with senior Cllrs and council officers alike, but have largely been falling on deaf ears. We really attempted[…]

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We’ve written to Cllr Nigel Todd

Date: 7 June 2011 08:50 Subject: Re: Equality Trust events Hi Nigel Many thanks for the notification of this talk. We will be there! It’s great to be on your mailing list. Let me just shamelessly plug a report along the theme of “equality in our transport system”. You may have heard of the recent report “Fairness in a Car Dependent Society” by the Sustainable Development Commission. Full report here http://www.sd-commission.org.uk/publications.php?id=1184 “Fairness in a Car Dependent Society” finds that vulnerable groups carry a greater burden of the costs of other people’s travel, including >> air pollution >> noise >> traffic[…]

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Science Central 2011/0110/01/OUT

Commenter Type: Public Organisation Comment Reasons: Cycling must feature much more heavily in this Outline Planning Application. Newcastle is missing a trick otherwise. Too many public realm- and cycling infrastructure related planning mistakes have been made in the recent past. Science Central must be used as an incubator of best practice for cycling and public realm improvement which can then radiate out into the city. A recent petition of 800 local residents (gathered in only 4 weeks) asking for better cycling infrastructure and the subsequent formation of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign newcycling.org.uk also supports this growing trend which cannot be[…]

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Scrutiny question

Dear scrutiny manager (Newcastle City Council), I would like to submit a question for scrutiny if I may. – – – – – – – – – – SCRUTINY QUESTION AND BACKGROUND Adopted in the late 1990s Newcastle’s Unitary Development Plan refers to the 1991 Cycling Policy and Plan of an innercity network. The aim of the policy was to “improve the safety of cyclists within the City” and was promised to be under regular review. This is only one example of a positive cycle policy by our council. A multitude was to follow thereafter. In contrast, a recent petition[…]

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