Civic Cycle Ride reflections

And with your help, we did it again! Events like our Civic Cycle Ride are a massive undertaking to put on the road. A huge thank you to Peter and Claire and the sea of volunteers, Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council staff to make it happen again – following the Big Toon Ride in May – so expertly and safely. Every one of us, who joined in – young, new, old, big and small – made it a reality and made it into the pedal-positive event we were so lucky to experience yesterday. Thank you! The sun was smiling[…]

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2/5 Sustainable Safety principle – Homogeneity

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 homogeneity and what it means. We talked about the core principle functionality here. Whilst the functionality principle, SWOV says, aims for roads to have one exclusive function and distinguishes between traffic function (flow) and access function (residence), the homogeneity principle aims at keeping differences in mass, speed and direction of vehicles using the same traffic space being as small as possible. Functionality and homogeneity are at the basis of the categorisation of roads into[…]

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News clipping – BBC Look North: Civic Cycle Ride

BBC Look North (27 September 2014) Cllr Nick Forbes remarks “Well, Newcastle is the kind of place that people haven’t really associated with cycling in the past. It’s not really got the history or heritage of it. But we are determined to put in place Strategic Cycle Routes which will be a really strong legacy of the future. And the more people we can encourage to switch to cycling as much as for health reasons as economic reasons that reduces air pollution, that increases road safety and it’s good for everybody.” Katja Leyendecker, Newcycling chair, says “It’s about Space for[…]

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Space4Cycling – ward support map

STATIC PAGE (LAST UPDATED MAY 2015) – FOR NEW PAGE CLICK HERE   This is an initiative of the nationwide Space for Cycling campaign which we are part of amongst other city campaign groups in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield… In addition to checking out the ward map below, you can also download a spreadsheet, showing exactly which Newcastle Councillors have signed up (or not, as it may be). If you are a Councillor and you want to be on the map or you have questions about the map, please get in touch with us on newcastle.cycling.campaign@gmail.com. Not from Newcastle? Or want[…]

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Helsinki Cycling Strategy

Mima, one of our members, just got back from Helsinki, her hometown. She was pleasantly surprised to see more people cycling in the finish capital, a trend she had already noticed over the last few years. In her online investigation, she came across the City Cycling Strategy 2013 – an ambitious programme building on a steady increase in cycling since the early 2000s. Helsinki’s modal share target, 15% by 2020, is not too dissimilar to Newcastle’s ambition of 12% by 2022. Helsinki is planning to treble its annual cycle budget, investing an astonishing €33 (£27) per person per annum (pppa)[…]

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Acorn Road consultation response

In the future, we would like to see Acorn Road fully pedestrianised along its entire length from Osborne Road to St George’s Terrace. It should be permeable to walking and cycling and should filter out vehicle traffic. This hands space back to people, allowing social interaction and cleaner air and thus creating a welcoming street for shoppers who would feel comfortable in spending longer periods of time on it. Pedestrianisation would bring about a step change towards space-fairness: pedestrians and cyclists have been found to spend more in local shops than drivers. Space-fairness is currently not reflected in our shopping[…]

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Ouseburn DIY Streets – our comment

Newcycling is Newcastle’s cycling campaign. We are a constituted community group with 1,400 members, holding decision-makers to account over their policies to create conditions that enable cycling for everyone by building seven Strategic Cycle Routes into the city centre and an accompanying network of neighbourhood streets prioritising walking and cycling in the city’s transport system. We welcome the plans for the Ouseburn [PDF 12Mb]. We believe they are a first, and firm, step towards a more people-oriented environment and atmosphere in the Ouseburn. Of course, much more physical change is needed in the long-run when we have to continue, and[…]

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We say So Long to the Newcastle Cycling Forum

As a matter of routine, we regularly assess our communication channels with the decision-makers at Newcastle council. We want to use and direct our volunteer time and resources where we can make a difference and where it has the best effect. As a consequence we have pulled out of the Newcastle Cycling Forum. In a recent Campaign Management Committee we focussed on discussing the achievements of the council’s Cycling Forum and the unshifting relationship between the forum and the campaign. As a community group with a good track record of reliability, transparency, consistency in our message, high degree of professionalism and[…]

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1/5 Sustainable Safety principle – Functionality

In June 2014 we adopted Sustainable Safety as our first policy. Here we will describe the five principles of Sustainable Safety. We’ll start with Sustainable Safety’s core principle: functionality. Functionality is described in the Dutch SWOV’s fact sheet as “a hierarchically structured road network” – but what does this mean? The Functionality element of Sustainable Safety looks at the full road network and determines traffic management by categorising our roads. Typically three road types are used for this classification, attempting to describe the function and purpose of the road (to determine the design parameters). All roads must have a designation.[…]

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