Eye-popping realities – pedalling with kids

This post was originally published in 2015 here, but we think it is very relevant to #city4kids. It introduces a book that was written 30 years ago. The findings are still important to this day if we want a city with that kind of urban design and planning that values the next generation now growing up. It’s not for the first time, and I have a feeling it will neither be for the last, that I heard a mother describe the following to me: “I cycle along with my 10-year old on Percy Street (relatively busy city centre road), when[…]

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‘Near misses: The fundamental issue is not drivers, but road design’ says NewCycling

Evening Chronicle (19 August 2017) – The Co-chair of NewCycling, Katja Leyendecker explains that near misses and ‘close shaves’ experienced by cyclists on a daily basis are not all down to drivers’ bad behaviour, it’s the road design and the built environment that is to blame. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/heart-mouth-head-cam-footage-13495061

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Road safety week – let’s stop the blame game

Newcastle City Council says it wants more people to cycle and travel more actively. And rightly so! Newcastle has an obesity crisis putting a crushing burden on health/wellbeing services. General inequalities are widening in the city too. Newcastle is becoming more divided. The construction of an inclusive transport system can level the playing field a great deal. So road safety should really not be allowed to drive people off the road. It should be about making the transport system inclusive and safe. Yet, many road and traffic schemes do not comply. Schemes branded cycling schemes repeatedly turn out to be[…]

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A charter for sensible road safety

A community group has released a plea to local authorities and responsible agencies to make road safety relevant to our modern times. RELEVANT AND PROPORTIONATE ROAD SAFETY We want to see construction of a good quality cycle network in Newcastle and Tyne and Wear. So it is in the woeful absence of sensible cycling and walking infrastructure, that we ask the council to adopt a much stronger position in the interim. Drivers, by simple laws of physics, hold the (horse) power on the road. In a just system it is only logical that the one who holds the power and[…]

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Northumbria and Durham Police fine just one cyclist in the past year

Evening Chronicle (4/2/2016) – http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/northumbria-durham-police-fine-just-10839647 Here’s the full comment that Katja emailed to the journalist Tom Ough Hi Tom, ta for getting in touch. Here is our campaign position on pavement cycling https://newcycling.org/position-statement-pavement-cycling/ It’s complicated. Involved players in this maddening debate are police and council. In the absence of clear sensible cycle infrastrcuture even the national gov departments are confused, see link above (position statement). And maybe the message has got through locally that the council cannot just say “we want more people to cycle”, and then when people do they find no-where safe to cycle comfortably and use the[…]

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National consultation – road traffic law enforcement

We are replying as newcycling.org (Newcastle’s cycling campaign) to the Inquiry on traffic law enforcement by the Transport Select Committee. We have 1,600 local members; and we are an organisation entirely run by volunteers, a constituted community group, formed in 2010. We would like to take this opportunity to make a strong point about the ‘wider picture’ which appears to be missing from the inquiry: There are benefits of structuring the UK road safety system more effectively (to avoid death and damage to occur in the first instance and avoid state resources getting wasted). Government departments should start cooperating much[…]

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Newcastle Great North Road worries over missing safety audit and debate

A road safety audit (RSA) has still not been made publicly available (see 1), leaving a campaign group worried and uncertain about fair process. The group understands that the RSA’s objective “is to ensure that the road safety implications of all Highway Improvement Schemes are fully considered for all users of the motorway” and should attach “great importance to the improvement of road safety” (refer to 2) and Great North Road should not be an exception. The relevant highway standard goes on to describe that “Road Safety Auditors must examine the overall layout of the Highway Improvement Scheme. All users[…]

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Council’s approach to road safety unfair and unbalanced

A campaign group is angry at the imbalanced, dangerous piecemeal approach that Newcastle City Council is taking. The group says that whilst council delivers free cycle training to adults and children, they also must educate drivers about their responsibilities, teach drivers what they can expect from cyclists and tell drivers that cyclists have been instructed by the council to cycle in certain ways. This latest safety call comes in the unfortunate absence of any safe and convenient cycle infrastructure that would enable cycling for all ages and abilities and make interactions and responsibilities between road users much clearer. Newcastle has[…]

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