Cycle advocates say it's exactly because of council cuts that business-as-usual is no longer an option and that alternatives transport systems must be explored for a fairer, affordable future, better sooner than later.
After removing cycle specific infrastructure on Silver Lonnen in 2010 and Elswick Road in 2012, Newcastle council continues to dismantle existing cycle lanes, now at a school in Heaton.
Re: Jesmond's Acorn Road consultation report, Newcastle City Council - Newcycling, Newcastle's cycling campaign's view:
Newcycling lays on another Big Ride in the toon, this time stretching all the way to Gateshead. On 27 September Newcastle and Gateshead will turn red with Space for Cycling banners and bike plates celebrating the campaign’s local success. This time, the big city chiefs Cllr Forbes and Cllr Henry plan to join the ride, alongside the Campaign’s patron Christian Wolmar and, of course, hundreds of city cyclists.
City cycling advocates, Newcycling, are keen to find solutions to pavement cycling - one of the most grating subjects for improving cycling conditions: the misunderstanding over what cycle advocacy groups are campaigning for and how this can ultimately help other vulnerable road user groups.
Joint organisers Northumbria University, Newcastle City Council and Newcycling are welcoming leading cycling researchers from around the globe to Newcastle for the Cycling & Society Symposium, 14-16 September.
Cycling advocates are left wondering what’s going on in Newcastle’s East end. Councillors there are leaving a gaping hole in the otherwise overwhelming support for Space for Cycling.
Newcycling joined the nation-wide Space for Cycling campaign last year and since then has worked diligently through members' action and using social media to gain political support for the cause. Their success is outstanding. Forty-seven out of Newcastle's 78 Councillors have said yes to Space for Cycling, putting Newcastle in the lead countrywide.
Another Newcycling member goes abroad to see and experience how it’s done.
Armelle Tardiveau, Newcycling member says “I was so upset with the council's Brandling Park proposal in July that I spent my August holidays photographing a great variety of safe cycling spaces in order to inspire engineers up here.
Newcycling, Newcastle's cycling campaign, resigns from Newcastle City Council's cycling forum. This comes after the group attended numerous fruitless meetings with bad governance of the forum overall.
Katja, chair of Newcycling, says "Cycling deserves much better. We've tried to work with the council through the forum, but in its current form its not possible; it's too frustrating banging your head against a brick wall all the time.
We received a request for our position on pavement cycling by Jesmond Local. We obliged. Here's the full reply:
REPLIES TO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS
Q1 : What's the law on riding on pavements? (I understand it's strictly prohibited in law with a £50 fine, but that there are common-sense exemptions)
A: it's muddled. It's not legal by the Highway Code rule 64, but is legalised by ministerial decree, more below in position statement (draft)