Dramatic changes to Grey Street unveiled which will give people more space to walk and cycle

Evening Chronicle – 15 May 2020 (by Daniel Holland) The temporary plans include one-way walking routes, markings on the ground to indicate a safe two metre distance, the removal of benches, and new cycle lanes. Dramatic changes to Newcastle city centre have been revealed to make sure people can maintain social distancing as lockdown is eased. Newcastle City Council bosses have revealed an initial set of measures, which will start coming into force next week, to give cyclists and pedestrians extra space as workplaces and shops begin to open again in the coming weeks. Sally Watson, of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign,[…]

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Call for donations – Grow your Tenner 2016

It’s Grow Your Tenner time again! The “double-your-donation” match-funding scheme opens at 10am on Tuesday 18 October and runs until 5pm Thursday  17 November 2016, or until the funding pot runs out – whichever comes first. Last year match-funding ran out after just 11 days and we’re expecting the same to happen again this year.  So if you’d like to participate please mark your calendars now and act promptly! We will send you a wee reminder on the day, just in case. Last year we raised an impressive £620 and this year, with your help, we want to raise even[…]

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3/5 Sustainable Safety principle – Predictability

In June 2014 we adopted Sustainable Safety as our first policy. Here we will describe the five principles of Sustainable Safety. This article will talk about Predictability and what it means. We have previously discussed Functionality and Homogeneity. We explained the need for clear classification of roads and how the difference in speed and mass of vehicles creates a need for different types of cycle provision depending on the function of the road. In Advancing Sustainable Safety by SWOV (http://www.swov.nl/rapport/DMDV/Advancing_Sustainable_Safety.pdf page 13) Predictability is described: “road environment and road user behaviour that support road user expectations through consistency and continuity in road[…]

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Our response to the National Cycling Delivery Plan

It took about a year and a half for the government and DfT to respond to the Get Britain Cycling report which led to an unprecedented parliamentary debate on cycling in September 2013. The Cycling Delivery Plan, which also covers walking, can be found here And this is our response to the informal consultation: ________________________ To: Department for Transport Newcycling is Newcastle’s cycling campaign; it is a voluntary and community sector organisation constituted in 2010 which represent 1,500 members. We want to see better cycling conditions and more dedicated space for cycling. Newcycling has reviewed the Cycling Delivery Plan submitted[…]

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Council cuts and desperate times? City must wake up to alternatives

Cycle advocates say it’s exactly because of council cuts that business-as-usual is no longer an option and that alternatives transport systems must be explored for a fairer, affordable future, better sooner than later. Katja Leyendecker, chair of newcycling.org, says “In our complex world it can be hard to see the wood for trees sometimes. And this seems to be where Newcastle City Council presently finds itself, in a deep dark forest. Whether recent council cuts are necessary or not, they are happening and we have to adjust – for the sake of our city and its future. We find ourselves[…]

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