space4cycling (3/6) traffic calming and routing measures

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. We prefer a strategic approach to city transport using community-wide measures like filtered permeability. This requires a city-wide holistic look to supersede the current ‘spot improvement’ process. For this reason, we not only support temporary road closures to motorised traffic for festivals and community activities. We also support permanent closure of roads and access restrictions such as “local traffic only” because it gives space and ownership back to local people[…]

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space4cycling (2/6) clearer road classification and space clarity

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. There are different kind of roads. The fast A167, Great North Road, Scotswood Road and Coast Road are very different to slower neighbourhood streets. We would like to see a much clearer classification system in city road design so no-one is in doubt what these are for when you use them. Whether roads are for “expedient flow of vehicle traffic” or whether the purpose is for people to go about[…]

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space4cycling (1/6) road space re-allocation

You can discuss this article below. What do you think? Give us your local example and what changes you’d like to see. This story is part of our space4cycling series. Re-balancing road space towards more benign forms of transport is Tyne & Wear stated objective through their third Local Transport Plan (LTP3), and rightly so. Without providing space for cycling Newcastle’s bike modal share percentages will not get into double figures (as mandated in Newcastle’s 2020 cycle plan [1], and as calculated to 12% in 2020 through the Cycle City Ambition Fund bid [2]). This is clear when learning lessons[…]

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Six space4cycling topics – making it happen

Thanks again for an excellent youReport turnout… you sharing your bike infrastructure images and imagination with us – showing real cycling culture. In the coming weeks we’ll report back to you under the heading space4cycling. By doing so joining up with the London Cycling Campaign’s initiative. It’s a successful and positive message that attracts us to it, and it’s spreading. We’ll discuss six different topics, each one a subject area where change has to happen, a transformation in thinking, design approach, space utilisation which will broaden our imagination and further set the vision for our city. The six topics are[…]

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Northumbria University – design project

Katja spoke to Northumbria University design students who are working on a cycling-related project this semester. Northumbria University (Industrial Design) November 2013 from Katsdekker Anthony Forsyth, the course organiser, has worked for Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmö in Sweden, and he talked with incredible knowledge and lucidity talked about cycling and just how different Newcastle is to these cities. We’ll keep an eye on how the projects develop. And maybe even be invited to judge the finals. Anthony Forsyth, Northumbria University from Katsdekker On Yer Bike investigation topics 1. How can we encourage more women to cycle in the city[…]

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Communicating and Debating Ambition and Changes

As part of the delivery arrangements of the City Cycling Ambition Funded (CCAF) programme, a Stakeholders Group has been set up and met for the first time on 18 September 2013. Its aim is to communicate the CCAF vision and plans to a larger audience and involve groups and local communities at an early stage. The stated role and responsibilities of the group are to: – maintain the vision of ambition – disseminate comments from local groups – inform technical and management groups – champion the programme within communities Unlocking the bicycle makes a liveable city – but this simple[…]

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Warning sent to Newcastle City Council

Newcycling has warned the council they would become negligent if no action is taken soon. At a Council Cabinet meeting with a focus on transport, held in public on 9 October, the group’s chairwoman went on record to hold Pat Ritchie, Newcastle’s chief executive, to account and ask her to get behind their own council transport policies to avoid the “London scenario”. Like most local authorities London has been ‘encouraging’ people to cycle for decades. Cycling in London, for this reason and others, has doubled in the last ten years making it the envy of other transport authorities. However this[…]

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Bike user comments (cont.)

We put infrastructure comments resulting from a recent survey of Scratchbikes users into a ‘word cloud’ generator (using tagxedo). Thanks goes to the fabulous http://www.scratchbikes.co.uk/ (Newcastle’s green public hire bikes) run by Grandscheme for sharing the data. The result looks pretty similar to bike user comments we collated over the years [pdf] and handed to council in 2010 and 2012. We think people want more space for cycling. Still. Again. Maybe not much has changed on the ground since the survey in 2010? Raw comments attached here.

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Newcastle Cycling Campaign joins nation space4cycling call

A call to make ‘Space for Cycling’ organised by the London Cycling Campaign is breaking out of London’s boundaries. The ‘Space for Cycling’ message has already united local campaigns in Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and elsewhere, as the message echoes far and wide. Local cycle campaigning can be done in splendid isolation, as the first focus is to concentrate on the local transport authority, usually the council as they look after most city roads. In 2011 however, the Newcastle Cycling Campaign did carry out a survey of twenty-five fellow cycle campaign groups around the country; and found that the overwhelming majority[…]

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Make Space for Cycling

Make Space for Cycling – and for the tweeters under us #space4cycling – is the loud and clear voice that reaches us from London. So, we have joined in! What does it mean? It’s a slogan the London Cycling Campaign had coined particularly for protest rides in response to unacceptable road conditions and the Get Britain Cycling debate in the House of Commons on 2 September. Space for Cycling calls for dedicated space for cycling on main roads, including segregated tracks and cyclist-specific traffic lights and reduced risk to cycling on minor roads, such as removing through motor traffic and[…]

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