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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