John Dobson Street

This week the council have made plans for John Dobson Street public. You can view the plans here, and you can share your views on the scheme here. Alternatively, the council are holding sessions at the City Library over the following week (details available through the previous links). With this plan, we are very optimistic about the future of John Dobson Street to be one for people – as a destination as well as connecting more fairly and smartly by enabling active and healthy travel choices. The conceptual plan that we have seen appears to achieve that shift away from[…]

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Strategic Cycle Routes – progress assessment

About a year ago Newcastle was granted £5.6m from DfT to make the city fit for cycling, or at least make a good start towards it. The City Cycling Ambition Fund (CCAF) was awarded to cities which demonstrated the ambition to build quality cycle infrastructure and re-allocate road space for bikes to enable new people to cycle and a positive modal shift away from the car. The funding has to be spent by March 2015 and four SCRs, at least in part, were to be built. Scott, and sometimes Kat, have attended the fortnightly Technical Advisory Group (TAG) meetings since[…]

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Open letter to Cllr Nick Forbes

Dear Cllr Nick Forbes Many thanks for speaking up for cycling safety and bike infrastructural improvements on bbc and itv. You may recall, that we wrote to you in May 2011 and you participated at the City Chief Cycle Challenge that year. Last year’s challenge took place along the so-called Great North Cycleway or NCN725, with Cllr Henri Murison and Harvey Emms in attendance. The NCN725 concept is something we have been struggling with for a while and you appear to as well when asked by the itv news reporter. And rightly so. The route in its current design has[…]

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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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