Fury as £500k projects to make Jesmond roads safer for children and cyclists put on hold

Evening Chronicle – 31 January 2019 SPACE for Jesmond has hit out after two schemes disappeared from Newcastle City Council’s ‘Streets for People’ programme NewCycling Chair, Sally Watson, said: “One of these schemes was designed to make the street outside West Jesmond Primary School safer for children travelling to school following the removal of the two crossing patrols. “The other scheme saw improvements to Osborne Road between Haldane Bridge and Holly Avenue. These two schemes are in areas highlighted as the most dangerous and unpleasant in the initial neighbourhood wide consultation.” https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/fury-500k-projects-make-jesmond-15754668

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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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Thoughts about The Big Pedal

Sally, our Jesmond branch chair, writes about travelling to school by ‘alternative means’ and talks to a couple of other parents to find out what they think of the behaviour change initiative ‘The Big Pedal’. Every year since my son started school we have taken part in The Big Pedal. This competition, run in North East schools by the council’s partner Sustrans, challenges families to walk, scoot or cycle to school for three weeks during the spring. This doesn’t mean that we change the way that we as a family travel to school – we already walk or cycle to[…]

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Jesmond update

Happy New Year! 2014 saw some interesting proposals for cycle infrastructure in Jesmond. It’s not always easy interpreting council plans and process, so below is written in good faith. Acorn Road Most controversial were the plans for Acorn Road which were put forward by the council in association with Sustrans. The aim is to make Acorn Road less congested and safer and more pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists as a destination. Following an informal consultation in the spring, Sustrans put together a design which allowed for widened pavements by making the road one way while retaining most of the parking[…]

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Design and Planning – presentation to council

Katja presents at Newcastle City Council’s Cycle Forum. The presentation and its findings are based on our experience working with the Newcastle City Council’s councillors and officers since 2010. Good communication and a clear process are as important as leadership and technical expertise. Design and Planning, lessons learnt presentation to Newcastle City Council Cycle Forum from Katsdekker We outline six areas of improvement. 1. Political leadership (examples Sevilla, NYC) 2. Routes (approval pending) 3. Monitoring data (cycle use before and after, volume and speed of traffic to inform design) 4. Sustainable safety principles for road safety (user need, human psychology)[…]

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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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Is Newcastle Fit for Cycling?

After years of talk, frustrated cyclists want to know how serious Newcastle really is about creating safe conditions for everyone to cycle. There are good signs but bad ones too. What is Newcastle City Council doing to become a City Fit for Cycling? Nationally there are many positive signs. Department for Transport offering good chunks of cash to local authorities if they promise to take road space away from car use to create cycle routes; practical empirical research is taking place at the Transport Research Laboratory to determine gaps in the cycle infrastructure design and approval; and a national newspaper[…]

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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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