Suicide Cycling Newcastle

A personal cycling experience in Newcastle (March 14, 2016) – http://theprotocity.com/suicide-cycling-newcastle/ Koko Herder Koko Herder is about to graduate from the research master Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His main interest is in the relationship between the built environment and everyday life. He currently researches the production of bicycle space, and the relationship between ageing populations and cities.

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Velocity 2015 – Claire’s reflections

It was with huge excitement that I set off on a long train journey on 2 June from Newcastle to Nantes for the largest international cycling advocacy event of the year, Velocity2015. I cannot thank Philippe Crist enough for the free 3-day pass he kindly offered me. Some of you may remember his superb presentation on the economic benefits of Cycling at the Love Cycling Go Dutch conference in Newcastle nearly two years ago. Velocity2015 was a great event and a fantastic platform to meet other campaigners and engage in wide-ranging discussions. I felt immensely energised at the end of the week and also amazingly[…]

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Caring designs are not always sharing

You reported – we acted. An observant and concerned Campaign member sent us a couple of photos and was asking – what’s happening here then? The honest answer is – we really don’t know and we would love to find out! After some considerable radio silence, Newcastle City Council have now started the Gosforth Strategic Cycle Route (SCR4) works North of Regent Centre. Spade in the ground time, cards on the table so to speak. But council forgot to share their Detailed Design drawings! All we had seen through the official process (traffic orders and technical group) was – what’s[…]

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Contraflow design controversy

You reported – we acted. Cycle contraflows, if designed inclusively and well, can be a powerful tool in a city’s cycle network. We previously reported about contraflows here. Our streets are changing throughout the city – you may have seen white road markings appear on Clayton Street – part of the recently finished Central Station works. You may even have stopped and wondered what it was and what it did. It’s Newcastle’s first cycle contraflow and sadly the safety of its design is lacking as the space is not protected from vehicle invasion. It would be great to get Newcastle’s[…]

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Space for Cycling rides 2014… and the next one!

In this article, Peter Macdonald, Campaign member and Ride coordinator tells us all about last year’s Space for Cycling rides and how it felt being part of it. Catch the bug like Peter, join us on 25 April 2015 for the next one. Pedal power at its best.  “Fantastic!” One word that only just about describes our two Space for Cycling campaign rides in 2014. Our first ride To be honest, the first ride in May came at us a little bit at the last minute – well, two weeks to be exact. After a few late nights organising the ride we arrived[…]

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youReport – and the winner is

At the start of the holiday season we asked you to snap away. And you did! And with amazing energy too. Media picked up our press release too. Chronicle, Journal, JesmondLocal, and Cycling Weekly – all had a mention of our youReport initiative. So, end of the season, these are the reports we received from you (listed in alphabetical order) View youReport in a larger map Amsterdam : where bike is king Assen : bicycle priority Assen, Drenthe : Hembrow holidays Barcelona : pleasing pedal Berlin : Cycling city Bilbao : culture and cycling Brunswick / Braunschweig : contraflows Bremen[…]

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Scott reports from Amsterdam

Amsterdam: where bike is king This story is part of our youReport series. We proudly say we are looking to learn from cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam. The Copenhagenize Index (humbly) lists Amsterdam as the best cycle city in the world, with Copenhagen (youReport here) a close second. Copenhagenize says “The city continues to do well in nearly every category. Amsterdam does almost everything right. What the city lacks in a uniform infrastructure design it more than makes up for with its impressive saturation of bicycle traffic in the compact city centre”. This is what Amsterdam looks and feels like[…]

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Yi-Li reports from Taiwan

Taiwan: keen to build tracks on back of leisure success This story is part of our youReport series. A Rhode Island university friend of Katja’s recalls this about her native Taiwan: I used to ride the bike to go to school during junior High school for 3 years. At the time, it was very common for the Taiwanese to ride the bike to go to school or to work. Nowadays bikes are not used anymore as a main traffic tool for transportation. Instead of the bike, people use mainly motorcycles or drive the car. But, recently (actually since a couple[…]

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Gav reports from Tenerife

Tenerife : spot-checking a two-way track This story is part of our youReport series. Gav posted this photo on our facebook group a couple of months ago, and why would we not share it with you! In Tenerife not to take to the bicycle, there certainly seems little excuse on weather grounds… we learn “there is one very significant reason why Tenerife is a great winter cycling destination: Mount Teide itself. Although not the highest road in Europe, it is the longest continuous ascent as you have the opportunity to start the climb from sea level” as Cycling Weekly reports.[…]

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George reports from Dublin (again)

Dublin : seasonal greeting from the stylish cycle path This story is part of our youReport series. George’s seasonal Dublin photo reminded us of Carole’s report on Spain’s Bilbao quayside cycleway and also of Julie’s Barcelona track with trees. Or City of Paris’ impressive Seine re-purposing “We needed to step up the pace. It was important to give pedestrians and cyclists better access to the public space” from BBC. George again: I had the pleasure of another biz trip to Dublin this week; picture below is from their equivalent of the Quayside, just east of the IFSC (financial district). Dublin[…]

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