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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Walker goes Biking

We’ve come another step closer to seeing some cycling infrastructure in Newcastle soon. In recent years Newcastle council had removed more cycling space than it created. Now the tide may be turning… not quite a biblical shift but good enough for a Christmas present we think. The Walker route saw its technical consultation. Read our reply – in summary the verdict is “well done, much more is needed”. We also composed a joint press release with the Forum which got a mention in the Chronicle. If it all goes swimmingly (as usual, no pun intended) and the design quality is[…]

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Technical consultation – Walker – our reply

From: Newcastle Cycling Campaign Newcycling Date: 16 December 2012 Subject: Fwd: Traffic Management Proposals : Proposed Waiting Restrictions on Welbeck Road Dear all WELBECK ROAD We support and welcome the proposals to improve cycling conditions – and indeed public realm in general – along the Welbeck corridor in Walker. This is excellent news for residents, shops and schools (amongst others) along that stretch, as well as local people of the surrounding wards and areas. Everyone should embrace this fantastic development with open arms. We are therefore unsure why Cllr David Wood feels he wants to hold up the process on[…]

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