Newcycling - Newcastle Cycling Campaign
We know from speaking to local people, that many don't cycle because of the aggressive traffic and road environments. Yet, most quite like the idea of cycling to get around. We are lobbying for a better Newcastle putting people, not cars, at the city's heart.
Get logging. Add those transport hotspots and cycle infrastructure failings to the map, for everyone to see. So we can discuss them and make the local highway authority aware.
Read more about Newcycling, Newcastle's cycling campaign on http://newcycling.org
We post the bigger consultation responses on our website, here http://newcycling.org/category/consultation-reply/
Current DfT consultations.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
There are short, narrow kerb separated cycle lanes on the approach to the roundabout at Gateshead Interchange.
The primary desire line for Southbound cyclists is along cycle route 725 straight across the junction.
The cyclelanes bypass the small roundabout forcing cyclists to cross each leg in a similar manner to pedestrians.
On the 5th September NewCycling will be holding a city centre infrastructure safari at 10am looking at infrastructure within the area.
Full details are here: http://newcycling.org/event/city-centre-in…ari-cycle-ride/
If there are any specific issues you are aware of please discuss them below, if discussed before the event, they will be considered for discussion during the safari.
This can also be used to discuss city centre infrastructure for those who cannot attend the event.
Council is planning changes on parts of Heaton Road
Discuss your thoughts and ideas here!
The (draft / emerging) 1Core Strategy seems to hint at a bus loop (Policy UC7) and a motor vehicle "ring road" (Policy UC9) too. It mentions pedestrian routes but there's no mention of cycle routes. See attached photo. (I didn't mark up the map, as it might become a tad too messy)
The "ring road" is just like Scott / esde84 described before http://newcycling.org/space4cycling/part2 (in comments)
The photo in the attachment is from "Newcastle Proposals Map" listed here http://onecorestrategyng-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/examination_library (not sure how long thi link will stay live, link rot may happen)
Despite the number of bridges that link Newcastle and Gateshead, there is not a single route across the Tyne that throws bike users in to conflict with either high volumes of motor vehicles at high speeds or that uses shared paths that create potential conflict with pedestrians.
Due to the amount of people who already cycle between Newcastle and Gateshead and the potential for this to grow, there should be at least one high level crossing that gives bike users there own space when crossing the Tyne.
Redesign of Grey Street to remove the danger of cars reversing (blind) out parking bays into middle of the road.
Superfluous to entry by motor traffic. East Pilgrim Street re-development takes note of that, and arranges Swan House roundabout accordingly
Remove council's paid car parking (not well used anyhow) whilst retaining residents car parking on the east side, turn car parking space into two-way cycleway. The road might be turned into a one-way, or better still 'residents only' street