Huge support for safer neighbourhoods

A big thank you for those who responded to our call for action, wrote to Newcastle City Council and want to see safer streets in their neighbourhoods for social distancing.  In this article, we would like to share the thoughts and stories of local residents in Newcastle. We hope we can amplify their voices, inspire others to re-imagine their neighbourhoods and ask for change to support local decision-making.   The pop-up cycle lane on Queen Victoria Road in the city centre is a a great start and a clear example of road space reallocation and how quickly it can be done.[…]

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The school run: ‘We are not welcome here’

Armelle is a campaign member who has previously reported on cycling in Copenhagen, in Denmark, and Nantes and Bondy in France. Here, she describes her new school run and explains, while there are some things to enjoy, our streets are not designed for cycling families. Having just moved to South Gosforth, we are now enjoying the most stunning cycle ride from home to school, with lots of trees and bird song on the way. I am so happy to no longer have to take Tankerville Terrace to go West Jesmond Primary, where drivers champion the 3-point turn and double yellow line[…]

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Sally Watson on Jesmondlocal

Watch Sally Watson, chair of our Jesmond branch, speak to Jesmondlocal here We would have liked Jesmondlocal to have mentioned the presence of a Councillor and council’s assistant director, and perhaps given a wider angle of the benefits and necessity of neighbourhood improvements for transport and movements around the area. Full website Jesmondlocal (29/2/2016) – http://jesmondlocal.com/2016/03/watch-jesmondlocal-live-february-29-2016/

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A campaign group is bitterly disappointed with council’s progress and compassion

For many years parents, and school officials, have asked council to address inconsiderate and aggressive driving behaviour outside schools, particularly relating to school drop-off and pick-up times when road space is at a premium. Due to constantly worsening traffic situations outside schools, the inaction and lack of duty of care in improving areas around schools is now at its most unacceptable yet – incisive action is needed, now, to prioritise walking and cycling for the sake of the next generation’s future. Katja Leyendecker, chair of newcycling.org, says “This utter mismatch must be addressed by council, with urgency. Sitting back and[…]

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Holding politicians to account

Newcycling is concerned about the transition to a better city with a resilient transport system, and says council is not doing enough for a better future for city people, families and children. Council looks after most of our public space and it’s in their gift to arrange that space more fairly to reflect a vibrant inclusive city Newcastle aspires to be. Katja Leyendecker, committee member of the campaign, says “I am deeply worried about our local politicians’ inattentive attitude to one of the biggest transport policies they hold at the council: making modal shift happen or in plain English ‘getting[…]

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Cycling to West Jesmond School

Our local group ‘Jesmond Safe Cycling’ met with staff of West Jesmond Primary School to discuss the road environment along Tankerville Terrace, such as congestion during the “school run”, inconsiderate car parking (school drop-offs) and intimidating cycling conditions. There is a clear and general concern over drop-off points, some of which has been highlighted in the BBC documentary http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19867797. Any future changes should benefit parents and children who wish to walk and cycle to school by alleviating traffic and managing car parking. Over the past months, ‘Jesmond Safe Cycling’ has developed a cycle plan, and has looked at safe routes[…]

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Cycling to school? No!

We recently obtained a copy of a status report for sustainable travel at sixteen Tyneside schools. Kids usually want to walk or cycle, and the majority lives in walking or cycling distance to the school. There are some heart-rendering comments from pupils in the qualitative report. What deeply worried us is this: some schools actively ban pupils from cycling to school, and one North Tyneside school operates a strict contract system. We believe school heads react like this because they have a serious concern about the safety of our roads. But rather to address the root cause, head teachers apparently[…]

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