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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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Getting to the core of 1Core (cont)

If you were put out by the 300+ page document, but were prepared to read something, here it was: Cycling pp138-141, click here. Read more about the 1Core here CORE CYCLING POLICY    Introduction The core policy, above, reads okay at first sight and is no doubt well-intentioned. To avoid later queries and possible heartache, we’d really like to ask what “wherever [sic.] appropriate” and “promoting cycle improvements” means. And we note that Newcastle, after some to-ing and fro-ing, now once again agrees with us that the city centre North-South route (aka ‘Great’ North Cycleway or Atkin’s red route) is[…]

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An eyetest for Gateshead

Discussion on our sister website GatesheadCycling sometimes goes into a spin on the subject of cycling numbers in Gateshead. So it’s worth noting that recently we were reminded by the census that Gateshead is far from seeing a cycling revolution. With a meager 0.4 percentage point increase cycle commuting now has a modal share of 1.5% in Gateshead, “boosted” from 1.1% in 2001. This is almost below detection limits! And should serve as an eye opener to Gateshead. It’s fair to say that Newcastle does not fare much better on current numbers of cyclists. Yet their vision is much clearer.[…]

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Going public on health

Did you know that our patron is Prof Stephen Singleton? He has been backing the campaign since our early days: “Cycling could transform Tyneside. If cycling was a tablet or a medical intervention it would be a best buy for the health service” and he continues here. More recent developments in the health landscape will result in decision-making on public health strategy and budget spending being more made more locally. You may recall we’d previously contacted the Directors of Public Health, we’ve now written to the Chairs of the respective local authority boards Dear Councillor Forbes (Newcastle) Dear Councillor Henry[…]

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Gateshead Cycling Strategy

The new strategy has been delayed, and is not due to be made available until December. We will continue to watch any developments with the new strategy and we will also provide input and comments on it, once it is available.

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