‘It no longer looks like a car park’ – praise for huge Grey Street changes to cut down on traffic

Chronicle – 7 August 2020 (Daniel Holland) Parking bays and a lane of traffic have been removed from Newcastle’s most beautiful street to make way for cyclists, pedestrians, and more pavement cafes A major redesign of Newcastle’s most iconic street to cut down on city centre traffic has been applauded by local businesses and cyclists. Huge changes on Grey Street were introduced last week – removing most of its parking bays and restricting traffic to southbound only to create extra social distancing space for pedestrians, pavements cafes, and a new cycle lane. The Georgian street, once named the best in[…]

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North Tyneside schemes for #SpaceForDistancing and #activetravel

What has happened Not so far from Newcastle, North Tyneside Council is also making use of the government funding to put in place temporary measures across the borough to create space for distancing and increase active travel. These are progressive and more ambitious than anything that Newcastle has proposed yet and could prove to be transformative for the coast both in terms quality of life for its residents and as an attractive destination for visitors. Here we look at what their plans are and how they are getting on with it. Phase 1 plans were publicly announced on 11 June[…]

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Queen Victoria Road #SpaceForDistancing

Newcastle City Council have rolled out their first emergency Covid-19 related scheme on Queen Victoria Road, outside the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI). We would like to congratulate the council on this for two key reasons: The speed at which the scheme has been rolled out. The removal of car parking to create space for cycling. The cycle route runs directly in front of the RVI, providing a link between Exhibition Park to the north and Leazes Park to the south. It provides a much needed link for key workers at the hospital. The measures are not just limited to a[…]

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Huge social distancing changes to Newcastle’s iconic Grey Street are still weeks away from starting

Evening Chronicle – 3 May 2020 (Daniel Holland) Plans were unveiled in May for a major reconfiguration of the historic city centre street to give pedestrians and cyclists extra space as more shops and businesses reopen. A dramatic redesign of Newcastle’s iconic Grey Street will not start until the end of June. Plans were unveiled in May for a major reconfiguration of the historic city centre street to give pedestrians and cyclists extra space for social distancing. But while new cycle lanes and one-way pavements have been introduced on busy routes around the Royal Victoria Infirmary, it will still be several weeks[…]

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Cycling, walking and Covid-19: Our thoughts on what Newcastle can do now to help keep people safe

The spread of Covid-19 and the lockdown have dramatically changed the way we live and move around our city. It’s looking increasingly likely that physical distancing is going to be with us for a while and we want to take a look at some ideas that Newcastle City Council could consider implementing now to make living in the city safer and easier. We think that these ideas could be implemented quickly and with limited resources – eg. with temporary measures such as those used in roadworks. The dramatic reduction in traffic in Newcastle appears to have resulted in considerably more people walking and cycling, whether[…]

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COVID-19 – Message from the Chair

Apologies for the radio silence from Newcycling of late. Like everyone, it’s taken us some time to adjust to the new normal in these very worrying times. We hope that you and your families are well and that you are managing to keep up with family, friends, work, and perhaps even some cycling as part of your daily exercise. The future seems very uncertain at present and many of us will have serious health and financial concerns. While cycling might seem like something quite far down the list of priorities, we hope to contribute something to the debate about how[…]

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Call for new commissioner to tackle ‘woefully underfunded’ walking and cycling in Newcastle

Evening Chronicle – 30 July 2019 Campaigners are calling for a ‘Walking and Cycling Commissioner’ in the North East. A new figurehead could be appointed to spearhead efforts to improve “woefully underfunded” walking, cycling, and public transport infrastructure in the North of Tyne. Campaigners are calling on metro mayor Jamie Driscoll to appoint a new ‘Walking and Cycling Commissioner’ to help tackle the region’s air pollution and climate crisis. Sally Watson, chair of Newcastle Cycling Campaign, said “Walking, cycling and public transport are woefully underfunded, despite being the cleanest and greenest options. In the light of a climate emergency, now declared by[…]

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‘A real shame’ – cyclists react to Mobike’s Newcastle exit and demand action from council

Evening Chronicle – 1 May 2019 The cycle hire firm confirmed on Tuesday that it is pulling all of its bikes out of Newcastle and Gateshead from the beginning of May. ampaigners say that a Mobike-style project will not work in Newcastle until more action is taken to make the city’s roads safer for cyclists. … Newcastle Cycling Campaign leaders say that efforts to get more people cycling in the city through bike-sharing schemes are doomed to fail unless there are big changes to boost cycle routes. Sally Watson, of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, said: “This is a real shame, but it[…]

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Consultation reply – Newcastle Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

Newcastle City Council is currently (until the 8th March 2019) seeking views  on Walking and Cycling across the city as part of the development of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrasructure Plan (LCWIP). The details can be found on the following link: https://newcastlewalkingcyclingroutes.commonplace.is/ We wrote a response directly to the council which has been reproduced here:- Having read the information on the LCWIP commonplace and looked at the provided map of routes, we thought it best to respond directly, as the commonplace map would not be suitable for a response of this type. Please consider this our (NewCycling) response to the[…]

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Beauty and the Bike – What Happened Next?

At NewCycling we have always been a big fan of Beauty and the Bike, the first UK documentary with a campaigning message about the importance of cycling infrastructure directed at politicians. We screened it for the first time in 2011 in Newcastle, and the message is still super relevant. Here we asked Richard Grassick and Beatrix Wupperman, Beauty and the Bike’s Directors, to tell us what happened since it all started in Darlington in 2008. Oh and to celebrate the 10th anniversary, there will be a screening of the film at The Forum in Darlington on Monday September 17th, 7pm. Organised[…]

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