Road Safety GB NE & Cycling Safety – A metaphoric car crash

We recently adopted Sustainable Safety as a campaign policy and said we would keep educating decision-makers on this positive approach to road safety. So when the traditional blame-gamers such as Road Safety GB Northeast have their destructive say again – we would like to remind these “safety advocates” that real safety comes from tackling root causes. In 2011 we spoke to council officers about their harmful approach to road safety (some of you may even remember Ghost Street) – but unfortunately the message hasn’t sunk in with the executive body, the council: this ineffective blaming approach now (again) appears on[…]

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Data: one-way streets, contraflows and permeability

From my own experience, but also guidance documents and info sheets (see bottom), it’s pretty clear that opening up one-way streets to cycling is one of the most inexpensive and effective ways to quickly improve cycling experience. It of course works – no magic involved – by giving connectivity, reconnecting shortcuts where there previously was a detour and more generally by increasing permeability and route choice. I even ended last year’s youreport article, where members discussed good examples of cycling infrastructure from here and abroad, with this sentence: “The local cycle group in Braunschweig curates a spatial representation of contraflows[…]

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Our Patron

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Christian Wolmar has agreed to be our patron. You can read Christian’s inspiring patron statement here. Christian Wolmar is one of Britain’s leading Transport commentators. His interests spread from railway, public transport, cycling to inter-modal transport. He uses his bicycle as his main mean of transport around London. He is one of the mayoral candidates for the 2016 elections and his vision for the capital as a more affordable, liveable and sustainable city certainly echoes our vision for Newcastle. And we couldn’t agree more that sustainable transport and cycling play an important role[…]

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Our assessment of plans for SCR1 Newburn

Newcastle City Council have issued plans and started public engagement on parts of the Strategic Cycle Route (SCR) to Newburn, also called SCR1. In preparation of the upcoming SCR1 cycle safari and for our CCAF progress assessment, we had a really good look at the plans. This article will ‘walk’ you through the main aspects of the council plans for SCR1. We start in the East (city centre) and continue westwards on Elswick Road, then on to Adelaide Terrace and finishing at Benwell Lane, where the current proposals end. What you can do: • Post your thoughts and comments on[…]

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Our first policy – Sustainable Safety

At the Committee meeting on Monday 23 June 2014 we adopted our first policy covering ‘Sustainable Safety’. We want to use Sustainable Safety more, as it offers a positive attitude to creating space for cycling which is such an important ingredient in every liveable city. Sustainable Safety also tackles road safety with a can-do attitude, unlocking and enabling cycling and walking. It does that by respecting user needs and taking a look at the full road network, not just little pockets of improvements. Sustainable Safety is not immune to the vagaries of political power. We believe, nonetheless, that using the[…]

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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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NewcastleGateshead’s Roads to Nowhere

We would like to publish the excellent statement by the Green Party on NewcastleGateshead Core Strategy Examination and Transport Policy. The strategy sets the vision for our city and region for decades to come. The Green Party’s reply sits snugly with our views. We thank the Green Party for these astute observations, to make public these salient points about the councils’ plan on rampant road building and how it will impact on everyone. Or like Lewis Mumford would say: adding highway lanes to reduce traffic congestion is like loosening your belt to cure obesity. Headlines • Planned new roads and[…]

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Jesmond cycling improvements – an update

In November 2012, Newcycling’s Jesmond branch received a response from the city council to cycling plan for Jesmond we had carefully put together. We ask what progress has been made in the last nineteen months? To remind ourselves, among the requests which were considered for approval, funding allowing, were • dedicated cycle space on Osborne Road, between Clayton Road and Jesmond Road for starters • a right turn junction from Osborne Road to Haldane Terrace • improvements at the junction of Forsyth Road / Brentwood Avenue • investigating traffic calming options for Highbury (depending on a speed survey which was[…]

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DfT – TSRGD 2015 consultation

To a call by the DfT consultation on the revised Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2015 Newcycling (Newcastle’s cycling campaign, 1,300 members, volunteer organisation, constituted, formed in 2010) would like to respond to your request about views. Our views on consultations like this one are reached by way of a Committee, formed to uphold aims, objects, vision and reputation of the organisation. You state that “the draft has been put together following intensive consultation with stakeholders over the last few years” – the landscape is fast changing in relation to cycling, walking and their vital contribution to liveable cities,[…]

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