We do not think the council decision (letter attached) addresses the original problems and it indeed even invents new concerns. There appear to be two aspects the Newcastle City Council tries to explain and solve but fails to provide backup or supporting data for these.
Date: 10 February 2013
Response to Cllrs Wood and Stokel-Walker, Walker ward
Response to http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/20...
Joint Parklands, East and West Gosforth ward committee to find out about the proposals for cycling in Gosforth. This is the event re-run, not to be confused with the previous event that council officers could not attend due to weather,
We hope members can come along, give their support and help make Gosforth a better place for all.
Chronicle clipping (4 February 2013)
Campaigners angry at loss of funds for cycle scheme
From: Newcastle Cycling Campaign
Date: 1 February 2013
Subject: “Welbeck Road Area - Proposed Cycle Lanes and Prohibition of Waiting”, ref GH/P44/951
Cc: Cllrs Todd, Murison, CTC, Sustrans
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.
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.
Organised by Newcastle council, please come along and give a strong voice to cycling improvements. Every help appreciated! There will be' table discussions', and the the clearer we can get the message across how important safe space is for cycling (current and new cyclists) the better.
The basic points screaming out to be made are
- cycle lanes / paths give clarity of space
- cycle lanes / paths afford safety
- blocked cycle lanes / paths (parked cars) are useless
- interrupted cycle lanes / paths (by silly design) are useless
Chronicle clipping (19 December 2012) - page 18
Making cycling safer for everyone
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.