News clipping – Anti-cycling claims denied by councillors

BIKE campaigners have lashed out at ‘anti-cycling’ councillors in Newcastle’s East End. They say the wards have let down the city’s cycling community by failing to support safer cycling schemes. But councillors hit back,saying they were not elected to support the sometimes ‘ludicrous’ schemes of ‘special interest groups’. For almost a year, the city’s Newcycling group has lobbied all Newcastle City Council members to support the nationwide Space for Cycling safer riding campaign, calling for cycle-friendly transport planning and design across all authorities. At least one councillor in 23 of Newcastle’s 26 wards have backed the initiative – which supports[…]

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Political support mapped

LATEST WARD MAP WILL BE POSTED HERE No doubt you remember Space for Cycling and our Big Toon Ride, so after all that… we thought we better give you a quick update. We previously reported via a press release that we did fantastically well nationally – Newcastle showing the highest support rate outside London. But how does it look locally, on ward level? We have crunched the numbers for you and here’s a quick visualisation too. At the time of writing (last updated 8 August 2014), we have 40 Councillors in support for Space for Cycling. This is 51% of[…]

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Mystery mounts on Walker’s bike lane controversy

After safety concerns were raised, an independent report re-assures adequacy of Welbeck Road cycle lanes. This emerges after the scheme has been shelved for an altogether different reason: cycle lanes would compromise vehicle flow. In December 2012 Walker was offered significant external funding to improve Welbeck Road environment for school children, residents walking and cycling. The £180,000 were sadly lost due to warring local councillors. (Reported in Chronicle here). Following council protocol, the scheme was referred to an appeal’s hearing where the decision was made to check over the cycle safety of the scheme. The independent safety audit, dating April[…]

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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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Newcastle is not a car city

Newcastle cyclists want to see action by their council as Census 2011 data shows that over 40% of Newcastle’s households do not have a car. This new data makes it only fair to ask for much more space to be provided for walking and cycling. Novocastrians are less car-centred than civil servants make out and politicians are led to believe. Two out of five households do not use a car and cycling is on the rise, albeit slow. Campaigners are yet again to give literature to the decision-makers to bring them up to ‘walking and cycling speed’: a decelerated lifestyle[…]

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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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Walker Welbeck Road – formal consulation response

From: Newcastle Cycling Campaign Date: 1 February 2013 Subject: “Welbeck Road Area – Proposed Cycle Lanes and Prohibition of Waiting”, ref GH/P44/951 To: traffic.notices@newcastle.gov.uk Cc: Cllrs Todd, Murison, CTC, Sustrans Dear all WELBECK ROAD Following our email dated 16 December 2012, we, as an organisation representing 715 members, re-iterate our SUPPORT for the proposals to improve cycling conditions – and indeed public realm in general – along the Welbeck corridor in Walker. All our points stated in this previous reply remain. We would like to stress that all features including the mandatory bicycle lanes are road safety improvements that will[…]

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A white line in the quick sand

The promise of a safe cycling network for Newcastle faces a steep uphill journey, as recent anti-cycling activities in the East end have shown. The Newcastle Cycling Campaign warmly welcomed plans for Newcastle to embrace a cycling culture. The Cycle Manifesto 2011, the Cycle Plan 2012 and Tyne & Wear’s Local Transport Plan, all put increased bike use at the very heart of their transport policies and make it an integral necessity for future designs of our City. Strategic Cycle Routes are to be built in Newcastle and cycling is planned to increase tenfold by 2022. It therefore came as[…]

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Skidding! Walker goes Biking

Leading on from our rather positive article “Walker goes biking” – it now seems that your help is urgently needed, as heavy opposition is mounting against new cycle lanes proposed for the strategic cycle route in Walker, Newcastle. Not only does the opposition fail to give clear reasons, we are also very concerned by its anti-cycling nature and tone. We were involved in the design of the Walker route and although the final plans could be better, they do have our support. Read the text against the cycle lane here: “We the undersigned, are totally opposed to the “mandatory with[…]

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