SCR Infra Safari – SCR4 Gosforth

We are cycling the Strategic Cycle Routes (SCRs). This year’s dates are listed below. All dates have been set for Saturdays, and we hope you can join us. We will meet at Civic Centre, Ceremonial Way, at 10:00am. Each tour should not take longer than three hours. Join us for all or parts of it, or meet us afterwards for a coffee. Please email us newcastle.cycling.campaign@gmail.com if you are coming so that we get an idea about numbers before the ride. 14 June – SCR 4 – Gosforth 12 July – SCR 1 – Newburn 9 August – SCR 6[…]

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Great North Road plans – in detail

We reported to you about council plans for Great North Road. The same principles still stand, you can read about it here. We had asked council for a meeting and clarification and there was no interest expressed by them to engage with us. This meant, after a period of waiting for a sign of cooperation, that we felt obliged to object to the scheme as it stands despite some good elements of it. Let’s remind ourselves again, that Great North Road is part of council’s plan to create seven Strategic Cycle Routes, which we took to mean that design on[…]

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Great North Road – council planning

Two stretches of the Great North Road seem set to get a ‘hybrid cycle lane’ – that’s space separated from traffic. The separation method is still under debate and we hope to be involved in these discussions. All that is good. But as for every route, the proof is in the route continuity and space clarity. And here is where we are let down again by our council. The Cycle City Ambition may have started to crumble. Funding is complex So. Newcastle City Council has released plans for Gosforth’s Great North Road (GNR) – section Broadway in the North, down[…]

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CCAF September 2013

Back in April Newcastle City council published their bid for the Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF) and in August nearly £6million was awarded to the council. This money has to be converted into changes on the ground by 2015. A tall ask! Newcastle’s bid promises stretches along four of the seven Strategic Cycle Routes (SCRs) to be completed, see below. It also includes the north-south link between Newcastle and Gateshead (Great North Cycleway) linking student accommodation at Gateshead’s Trinity Square to the campuses in Newcastle. Road and street environments in a number of communities are also to be improved for[…]

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Our position on Welbeck Road

We do not think the council decision (letter attached) addresses the original problems and it indeed even invents new concerns. There appear to be two aspects the Newcastle City Council tries to explain and solve but fails to provide backup or supporting data for these. We remain convinced there is sufficient space for cycle lanes; and it is a much safer option to provide these given the speed, volume and composition of motorised traffic than the alternative: not do anything at all – totally regardless of whether this stretch is earmarked as a Strategic Cycle Route or not. Please feel[…]

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Katja addressing full council

Thank you Lord Mayor I stood here in the same spot almost three years ago in 2010 – I hope some of you might remember that occasion. I was recently reminded of just how much cycling is an important local issue when I read in the Chronicle the good news that Gateshead Council is investing £1.5m to make it easier for people to visit their new Trinity Square by bike. This route is crucial as it represents the connection between Gateshead and Newcastle. When I stood here three years ago I presented a petition to Council asking for your political[…]

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Gosforth and GNR

We remain concerned about Newcastle City Council’s plans for Gosforth. As there are various outstanding questions https://newcycling.org/gosforth-transport-corridor-proposals) – and we haven’t heard from them for months. Yet the devil is undoubtedly in the detail. In order to inspire – maybe it’s inspiration that’s needed – we’ve put together some roadscapes. Council, are you listening? This is what GNR could look like. Bus stops may require some further thoughts. But this is not insurmountable. For comparison the dreary reality of car-centricism, dreadful walking, and no bike provision whatsoever. This is a double-lane 30mph stretch with known speeding (hence the speed camera).[…]

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Gosforth transport corridor proposals

To: Gary Macdonald (Newcastle City Council) Cc: Harvey Emms, Cllr Nigel Todd, Cllr Henry Gallagher, Cllr Bill Shepherd (all Newcastle City Council), Bill Dodds (vice-chair of Forum) Hello Gary GOSFORTH CYCLE SAFETY FUND It’s good to see resources and funds being pooled to develop an area much in need of a make-over, yet it does remain unclear to us why Gosforth High Street should require a bypass for “less experienced cyclists”. Please note that the DfT bid document calls them more aptly “new cyclists”. Does the council want to push cyclists out of the way? Gosforth High Street is part[…]

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Council forum review

The council’s financial year is coming to an end. This prompted us to review progress by checking forum’s minutes and actions and thereby assessing the sincerity of the promise to develop Strategic Cycle Routes (SCR). Here’s what’s outstanding: • (closing) budget plan 12/13 • new budget plan 13/14 to discuss priorities • SCR programme • Walker programme (for lessons learnt exercise) As basic info is missing, our verdict can only be of a luke-warm persuasion. Whilst we are grateful for the existence of an established forum like this one, the running of it could however be more effective. The opportunity[…]

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Reader’s letters – Walker Strategic Cycle Route

Date: 10 February 2013 To: ncjmedia Response to Cllrs Wood and Stokel-Walker, Walker ward Response to http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2013/02/04/campaigners-angry-at-loss-of-funds-for-cycle-scheme-72703-32741738/ The over-reaction by Walker Councillors could have very distressing repercussions for Newcastle and its reputation. We have to learn quickly and move on to a brighter and more enlightened future. It is a big shame that these Councillors failed to understand the concept of the Strategic Cycle Routes and what is proposed for Welbeck Road. What the Councillors also failed to see is that all our road space is very contested and that some prioritisation decisions have to be made. Walker Road is[…]

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