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Our Reply: Great North Road – Broadway To Brunton Lane Engagement

The following is our response to the engagement event carried out by the council for changes that are being developed for the Great North Road between Broadway and Brunton Lane. The engagement web page is here. The drawing that was produced for this is included below. Our Response As the proposed scheme is currently going through engagement, this is not an endorsement of the scheme, but an opportunity for us to make comments. We hope these comments will be useful to the council in developing the scheme further. Overall the scheme is encouraging. It is good to see continuous cycle[…]

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Cycling with children

In a recent publication Dr Rachel Aldred, smart travel researcher and trustee of the London Cycling Campaign, takes a look at creating inclusive cycling conditions. She informs us that “increasing child cycling has proved particularly challenging. While some metropolitan areas in the UK have seen an uptake in adult commuting… rates of children cycling to school have barely shifted”. Catherine Weare, a campaign member in Gosforth, discusses the findings and sets the context for Newcastle. You can read Rachel’s full paper “Adults’ attitudes towards child cycling: a study of the impact of infrastructure” here [pdf]. For many if not all[…]

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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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National bike bash in Newcastle

This weekend Newcastle Cycling Campaign will host the annual meeting of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain. Cycling the city on the proposed Strategic Cycle Routes as well as chatting campaigning strategy will all be included in the packed two-day agenda [link below]. City cycling gets serious – making cycling as easy as riding a bicycle. There is much talk about cycling, nationally and locally, yet translating into little action, especially outside London. The serious money to adapt our towns and cities, roads and streets, has not been made available. The design expertise and creativity is also in its infancy[…]

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