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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!



Tour of Britain in Northumberland: route details

Mark Cavendish taking part in last year's Tour of Britain. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Route plans for the prestigious Aviva Tour of Britain cycle race have been announced this morning, including details of two Northumberland stages.

On Stage Four of the tour, the race will start in Scotland and then enter Northumberland heading along a route from Ford to Wooler and Alnwick, before continuing down the Northumberland coastline to finish the leg in Blyth.

The tour re-starts the following morning from Prudhoe with Stage Five, where the race will include a sprint that will take place in Hexham and then a route from Haydon Bridge to Hadrian's Wall.

The race will then head across the Pennines into Cumbria.

The eight-stage race runs from 6-13 September with the Northumberland stages taking place on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September.

Some of the world's top cyclists are expected to turn up to compete.

Last year Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were both in the 120-rider starting line-up.

We are delighted to be bringing the Aviva Tour of Britain back to the North East and hosting both a Start and Finish in Northumberland for the first time. Stages Four and Five both travel through some fantastic scenery that we look forward to showcasing with the race and hope to see big crowds lining the roadside."

– Mick Bennett, Race Director, Aviva Tour of Britain

The Tour will be broadcast in over 166 countries, including live coverage on the ITV network, and will raise the profile of the county to an international audience.

ITV will screen three-hours of live coverage of every stage, starting on ITV for the opening Wales stage before reverting to ITV4 for Stages Two to Eight.

ITV4 will also screen a one-hour highlights programme each evening during the race.

The world's greatest cyclists will ride through the beautiful and wild landscape of west Northumberland on Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain. It's going to be challenging for the riders and a very exciting day for spectators as the cyclists race through the county's towns and villages passing landmarks such as the River Tyne, Hexham Abbey and the world-renowned Hadrian's Wall."

– Cllr Anne Dale, Northumberland County Council
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