Newcastle Cycling Campaign

Our second policy – Protected Space

Notwithstanding roads with gridlocked traffic conditions (as also outlined in LTN2/08, when protected space is necessary for a different reason than safety) on 17 December 2014 the Committee adopted London Cycling Campaign’s Motion 3/2013 verbatim: When do we need protected space for cycling? 1. We believe ‘safe and inviting’ cycling environments do not compel cyclists to share space with high speed or high volume motor traffic. 2. Cyclists should not be expected to share space with motor vehicles moving above 20mph. 3. If cyclists will share space with motor traffic, volumes must be low. On the core cycle route network[…]

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Road safety week, sustainable or not?

It is UK Road Safety Week, 17-23 November. Newcycling.org, Newcastle’s cycling campaign, reacts to that tradition by calling for urgent change in thinking and doing. Katja Leyendecker, chair of newcycling.org, says “UK Road Safety Week is not welcome in its current format. It’s degrading and counterproductive in many ways. It is tackling a serious problem from a wrong angle and can be very hurtful to victims of traffic and road danger. Hiviz, ‘been seen’ and ‘looking out for each other’ have been messages we’ve heard for years, yet motor dominance has increased. If left untackled, it makes those patronising messages[…]

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Pesky subject of pavement pedalling

City cycling advocates, Newcycling, are keen to find solutions to pavement cycling – one of the most grating subjects for improving cycling conditions: the misunderstanding over what cycle advocacy groups are campaigning for and how this can ultimately help other vulnerable road user groups. Pavement cycling is one of the most distracting discussions when ‘cycling at large’ is debated. Newcycling is co-organiser of the Cycling & Society Symposium (C&S), held in Newcastle, 14-16 September. One researcher, Hannah Delaney from Bristol, promises to give “An insight into cyclist and pedestrian interactions on shared use paths”. This is one reason why to[…]

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Cyclists slam road safety initiative by branding it a blame game

Newcycling, Newcastle’s cycling campaign, speaks out against a counterproductive road safety initiative, when a flyer from Road Safety GB Northeast fails to address real safety issues. Newcycling recently adopted Sustainable Safety as a campaign policy to counteract the prevailing negative approach to road safety. Traditional ‘awareness initiatives’ are typically lacking relevance and perspective: cyclists are usually asked to do all the work, whilst drivers are left to simply carry on unguarded with their rather dangerous activity. Yet the risk to cause harm, injure and even kill sits disproportionately with the driver. A flyer by Road Safety GB Northeast does exactly[…]

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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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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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News clippings – Councils hit back at cycling critics

Chronicle (17 May 2013) Councils hit back at cycling critics (No link – so article has been replicated below) COUNCIL chiefs have it back at claims that they are not doing enough to support two-wheeled travel on Tyneside. Chairman [sic.] of the Newcastle Cycling Campaign, Katja Leyendeker, claimed that while the city is “making the right noises” about encouraing more pople to convert to pedal power, so far there had been lttle to show for it. She also accused Gateshead Council of being “way behind in taking cycling seriously as a mode of transport” and as a result would “miss[…]

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