Can our politicians show leadership ?

Could Britain be brave enough to commit to a fundamental rethink of its transport policy?
Drastically reduce pollution, road deaths, get people more active and healthy, reduce the burden on the NHS and make our island a more pleasant place to be?

An excellent short video from Chris Boardman:

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Response to Courant article Feb 2015

Sent to The Editor, Hexham Courant, in response to the reporting of the Hexham Town Council meeting where Sustrans and the County Council presented the following documents:

Hexham Town Centre Doc 1

Hexham Town Centre doc 2

Cycling Tynedale, a local community support group, is delighted that Hexham has been selected as one of the hub towns for walking and cycling development. We fully support the core goal of an environment where children can walk and cycle safely. However, this benefits all ages. We are at the beginning of a major shift in emphasis from the NHS to health prevention and with this more active lifestyles. 93% of us have a reversible risk factor for dementia, something an upcoming national programme will be addressing. These same risk factors also increase the rates of many severe diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.

A common concern is that favouring the pedestrian will negatively impact shopping. There is in fact robust evidence that the opposite happens. Visitor levels and spend goes up. Furthermore, OECD work clearly states that for economic development, excellent walking and cycling infrastructure is increasingly a core requirement.

North East politics has occasionally had an unfortunate reputation for destructive infighting. Ultimately it is the local population who suffer. We feel that the cohesive and long term plans of the County Council group, working with Sustrans, the national leaders in this area, Northumberland Tourism, the NHS and the National Park Authority, should be commended and supported by all.

Cycling Tynedale Committee

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Response to Tyne Valley railway review



TV railway response Aug14

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Bellingham “Bike and Beer Festival” – Friday 30th May and Saturday 31st May.

The North Tyne and Redesdale Community Partnership is promoting a Bellingham “Bike and Beer Festival” on Friday 30th May and Saturday 31st May. The Beer Fest runs from Friday 6.0 till 11.00 pm and Saturday 3.00 to 11.00, admission £10 per night including 2 beer tokens, and live music. The complimentary Bike Fest runs on Saturday, £10 per rider (£15 for family groups)between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm from the Town Square. Entry includes a drink at the Beer Fest.
The Bellingham Bike and Beer Fest, Friday 30th May and 31st May 2014
Get on yer bike! Saturday 31st May. And discover the delights of the North Tyne Valley. Enjoy a spectacular bike ride of 12 or of 25 miles followed by a complimentary beer or soft drink at the annual Border Beer Fest. A great way to finish the day!
The Bike Rides: We have two stunning routes this year running on Saturday 31st. May. Both routes are suitable for road bikes, and for novice riders or families looking to experience a safe day out in the countryside. The routes take in the dramatic delights of the North Tyne landscape, embracing wild open fells, serene valleys and the beautiful villages of Bellingham, Wark and Birtley. There are some long hills, and some shorter steep ones, especially on the longer Route 2, but there is no embarrassment in pushing! The routes are signposted, and entrants will be provided with a route map.
Ride 1 This is a delightful 12 miles which climbs out of Bellingham before sweeping over Meadowhopelaw and down to Greenhaugh and the North Tyne Valley. The views are dramatic with wide vistas in all directions. The route then follows the North Tyne River valley back to Bellingham passing en-route a 15th Century Bastle House (Snabdough) and Hesleyside Hall, the ancestral home of the Charltons, a Border reiving family.
Ride 2. This ride follows the shorter Ride 1 as far Dunterley Farm where it turns right and follows the Route 68 up a steep hill to Ealinghamrigg Common, which again affords great views. The route then follows quiet lanes to Wark where it crosses the River North Tyne over the old bridge before climbing the opposite bank up to Birtley. After passing through the village, the ride follows a gated single track road (Route 10) up to Buteland Heights before descending down into the Rede Valley, and the road back to Bellingham. The lane down to Wark.
 So what’s stopping you?
Contact: North Tyne and Redesdale Community Partnership:  Tel: 01434 220 714
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DfT Conference for Council Executives on Cycling

The presentations are here: DfT council cycling strategy. Note particularly the progress being made elsewhere in the UK on rural cycling and how the link with health and with economic development is being made.




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