Public Health – letter to Directors of Public Health

With recent changes to the health landscape, we’ve written to the three Directors of Public Health in Tyneside alerting them to how cycling’s contribution to health will help towards their goal of a healthier Tyneside. For cycling to truly thrive, spending on infrastructure is vital, and we look towards health directors to use their new influence over council spending. Here’s the letter: Dear Director of Public Health LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH AND CYCLING As Public Health moves into local authorities from the NHS we wish to highlight cycling as a valuable public health intervention. This was something Liam Donaldson discussed in[…]

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North Tyneside breaks cycle pledge – press release

25.04.2012 PRESS RELEASE – NORTH TYNESIDE BREAKS CYCLE PLEDGE At a time of heightened awareness and concerns for cyclists’ safety a local authority chooses to abandon best principles and puts cyclists in harms way. Nationally The Times’ call for ‘Cities Fit For Cycling’ has done a lot to pull cycling into the public arena. Broadcaster Jon Snow and The Times editor James Harding made a plea to the government’s Transport Committee this week to make cycling safe by showing governmental leadership, changes in the law, designating a budget and construction of cycleways. North Tyneside Borough Council signed up in March[…]

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Children Serve Notice On Marden Bridge – press release

The young people of North Tyneside have served North Tyneside Council with notice on their flawed road design on Marden Bridge, giving the Council 14 days to make the bridge safe. Father of two Tom Bailey said “this notice is being served on behalf of all of the young people of North Tyneside who deserve safe streets and the freedom to ride their bikes to get around. Its immoral to be encouraging kids to ride their bikes and at the same time to be ignoring their safety when redesigning Marden Bridge. Copies of the notice are going to local Councillors[…]

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Marden Bridge – It just gets worse

Despite multiple objections being lodged North Tyneside have gone ahead and put new parking bays into operation on Marden Bridge. We’ve told them its unsafe and restricts bicycle access into the town centre, but they just don’t seem to care.

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Council snubs its own safe cycling pledge – press release

02.04.2012 PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Local government fails cycling again – Portas Report blamed for putting parking before people – Campaign appeals for help from Minister Like many local authorities North Tyneside was quick to pledge its support for The Times Cities Fit For Cycling Campaign. But local bicyclists say the pledge was mere lip service as construction at a key location on the A193 was underway making it dangerously unfit for cycling. Since 2004 the Traffic Management Act has put a legal duty on local highway authorities to prioritise through traffic, including pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Despite[…]

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Chocks away, North Tyneside campaign launch – press release

13.12.2010 PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Newcastle Cycling Campaign Launches on North Tyneside Monday 13th December 2010 sees the launch of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign in North Tyneside. The campaign which began as a city-wide campaign for a cycle-friendly Newcastle is taking its first steps to spread beyond the city into the other Tyne & Wear boroughs. The Newcastle Cycling Campaign https://newcycling.org.uk aims to improve conditions for North East cyclists. The campaign’s roots lie in a June 2010 ‘safe cycling’ petition supported by a staggering 800 local residents which was presented to a Newcastle City Council meeting. The Newcastle[…]

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