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How Newcastle can become a more 'bike friendly' city?

More of us would use our bikes if routes were traffic free Credit: PA

The Bike Life report for Newcastle has been published - and its looking at ways Newcastle can be more bike friendly to encourage more of us to take our journeys by two wheels instead of four.

Work centres around John Dobson Street in the city which is being transformed into a 'boulevard' style area with wider spaces for pedestrians and also a protected two way cycle path.

Cycling in the city is another initiative that is aiming to get us more active by using our bikes. It involves free bike 'health checks, loaning bikes out from the cycle library and letting people know where its safe to cycle.

  • 77% of people want to see more investment in cycling
  • The over 75's are the least likely to ride a bike
  • 90% of people who currently don't ride a bike want traffic free routes before to help them get on the saddle
  • 54% of people could potentially use a bike for work and pleasure in Newcastle
  • 50% of people in Newcastle live in a household with more than 1 bike

North East wants more spent on cycling

Three quarters of people in the North East want to see more money spent on cycling, and 8 in 10 people in the city want to see an increase in cycling safety.

It comes from the first detailed study of the state of cycling in the UK. It is based on a model created in Denmark and will now be conducted across the country every two years.

'Bike Life' Newcastle has been published together with the council and the campaign group 'Sustrans'.

Newcastle cycling facts! Why we love our bikes...

  • There were over 7 million bike trips made last year in Newcastle
  • 24% of people ride a bike at least once a month
  • 8 in 10 people support making the city safer to get around on bike
  • 6,,074 tonnes of CO2 are saved every year by people getting on their bike rather than using their car...that's the equivalent of nearly 2,400 cars!

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