Heaton Road pinchpoint

There has largely been positive news about cycling in our city recently. Here, however, is a sad story to tell. On attending the Newcastle City Council’s cycle forum yesterday we asked about progress with the pinchpoint removal on Heaton Road, reported previously here. It now appears that apart from some extended double yellow line to deter car parking near the death spot, nothing else is done. This is of great concern. To us it seems that council puts a price tag on human life and its less than the cost of a zebra crossing. We heard that the council is[…]

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Heaton Road pinchpoint

Council yesterday announced that the removal of a pinchpoint on Heaton Road, that saw the death of a cyclist in late 2011, is now underway. We’ve been asking Newcastle City Council, the highway authority, to act since the tragic incident happened. Immediately after the fatal incident, we wrote to all nine councillors (there are three adjoining wards), yet they were unable to speed up any investigation or help shed light on proceedings or improve transparency. We also requested information from the police to understand better the circumstances (see [3]), only to learn it was “not in the public interest” to[…]

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