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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Thumbs up to North Tyneside Cycling Campaign

Our sister Campaign in North Tyneside has been getting organised over the last few months and to kickstart a campaign focused on the borough has launched a 2016 Petition: “We believe that North Tyneside needs to do more to make using a bike for short trips the obvious, safe, and convenient choice for its residents. Fundamentally, this means building a network of cycle routes across the borough which are suitable for all from age 8-88 years old, and connect residential areas, town centres, and major centres of employment.”   Sign here: https://northtynesidecyclecampaign.wordpress.com/   A local resident explains: “I run a business[…]

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Going public on health

Did you know that our patron is Prof Stephen Singleton? He has been backing the campaign since our early days: “Cycling could transform Tyneside. If cycling was a tablet or a medical intervention it would be a best buy for the health service” and he continues here. More recent developments in the health landscape will result in decision-making on public health strategy and budget spending being more made more locally. You may recall we’d previously contacted the Directors of Public Health, we’ve now written to the Chairs of the respective local authority boards Dear Councillor Forbes (Newcastle) Dear Councillor Henry[…]

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Concerns over ROW outsourcing

From: Newcastle Cycling Campaign Date: 15 September 2012 09:39 To: Linda Arkley (NT Mayour) and Vivienne Geary (NT Legal) Dear Linda Dear Vivienne Through our contacts we hear that there are plans to outsource the provision of services associated with the rights of way (ROW) network in your area. We are concerned that this could have a negative impact on the bridleways and cycleways that are important to us for commuting to places of work, recreation and local access, general active travel, health and wellbeing of the region’s residents may they be walking or taking to the bicycle or horse.[…]

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Campaign writes to Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside

The Highways Agency announced today its preferred design for changes to the A1058 / A19 Silverlink Junction. Concerned at the impact on the Coast Road Cycle Route we’ve written to Mary Glindon MP asking her to help ensure that the safety and efficiency of the cycle route is a key design consideration. “I’ve read with interest your comments on The Times Safe Cycling Campaign, and also your lobbying for improvements to the A19 – A1058 Junction at Silverlink. Now that appears that a project at Silverlink will progress within the next few years I am writing to ask you to[…]

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Campaign Nudges Crossing Design in Tynemouth

Members of the campaign together with Sustrans and CTC met with North Tyneside Council last night at the junction of Beach Road & Broadway in Tynemouth A193/A1058. Hopefully we will have succeeded in nudging the design in the right direction before it gets to North Tyneside Cycling Forum for more formal consultation. We took along the attached ideas board, and our comments are summarised below, are we getting it right here? Campaign Comments: The existing crossing is very heavily used by bicycle traffic. While we were there bicycle traffic outnumbered pedestrian traffic by some margin and was made up of[…]

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Quality of life only with cycling

14.07.2012 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Newcastle Cycling Campaign asks for political leadership and action, tells Newcastle Councillor responsible for cycling what exactly is needed, and expresses dismay towards recent road works in North Tyneside. Katja Leyendecker of Newcastle Cycling Campaign said “Our politicians may talk about the importance of quality of life and fairness, but when it comes to the nitty-gritty, they simply don’t know what to do. Truth is, that you can have neither without a massive increase in cycling. People on bikes are like an indicator species for a good city. Build sensible cycleways and citizens[…]

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Council Scheme criticised in Road Safety Report

Road safety consultants WSP have reported on North Tyneside Councils scheme at Marden Road which has attracted widespread criticism from residents and cycling groups. The report is limited in scope and by its own admission “No attempt has been made to comment on the justification of the scheme or the appropriateness of the design”. Visiting on an off peak Tuesday lunchtime, the engineer reports “the narrowing of the carriageway to introduce the parking area has resulted in the traffic being squeezed together. HGV/Buses were observed to encroach into the opposing lane. In addition, it has also resulted in drivers/passengers having[…]

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