Helsinki Cycling Strategy

Mima, one of our members, just got back from Helsinki, her hometown. She was pleasantly surprised to see more people cycling in the finish capital, a trend she had already noticed over the last few years. In her online investigation, she came across the City Cycling Strategy 2013 – an ambitious programme building on a steady increase in cycling since the early 2000s. Helsinki’s modal share target, 15% by 2020, is not too dissimilar to Newcastle’s ambition of 12% by 2022. Helsinki is planning to treble its annual cycle budget, investing an astonishing €33 (£27) per person per annum (pppa)[…]

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Getting to the core of 1Core (cont)

If you were put out by the 300+ page document, but were prepared to read something, here it was: Cycling pp138-141, click here. Read more about the 1Core here CORE CYCLING POLICY    Introduction The core policy, above, reads okay at first sight and is no doubt well-intentioned. To avoid later queries and possible heartache, we’d really like to ask what “wherever [sic.] appropriate” and “promoting cycle improvements” means. And we note that Newcastle, after some to-ing and fro-ing, now once again agrees with us that the city centre North-South route (aka ‘Great’ North Cycleway or Atkin’s red route) is[…]

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1CORE – we’ve kept our comment short this time

Date: 12 September 2012 20:43 Subject: Re: Planning Newcastle’s Future – Consultation Events To: Planning & Housing Cc: Cllr Henri Murison, David Slater Dear Henri Dear David OUR RESPONSE TO THE CORE STRATEGY AND URBAN CORE AREA ACTION PLAN We want to keep this short as we have also commented previously. We do think much more must be done to create a place for people. A place is nothing without its people, and more emphasis must be put on residents, their health and wellbeing, wealth and opportunities. Transport is a major aspect on that journey to a sustainable place, and[…]

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1Core – action object

Newcastle City Council are making ill plans for the future of transport. Please take the time to ACTION! object to their LDF Core strategy by 4 January 2012. We have prepared a draft objection for you: draft letter attached below. POST EXPIRED

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1Core Continued

We have written to relevant officers to seek clarification on the 1CORE (now LDF) process and methodology, attached below. There’s some serious green belt sprawling proposed which warrants more justification and proof than currently provided. Why is this important to the Newcastle Cycling Campaign? We are an interest group concerned with transport, infrastructure, active travel, and its relation to public space and provision of local services.   Click here to read Seeking clarification

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