Cycling strategy and design guidance

We are seeking people’s views by early December on the updated draft North Tyneside Cycling Strategy.

The updated strategy sets a new target for an annual increase in cycling trips of 10 per cent, increased from seven per cent in the existing strategy. This follows continued investment in the cycling network, expansion of Bikeability cycle training in schools and increased popularity of initiatives such as the annual Summer of Cycling. It reflects the council’s wider aims set out in the North Tyneside Transport Strategy (updated 2021), North Tyneside Local Plan and Our North Tyneside Plan.

The draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), which is an appendix to the updated strategy, is a detailed review and assessment of strategic cycling routes across the borough and links for walking and wheeling in town centres. The government encourages local authorities to prepare an LCWIP to attract and prioritise funding for active travel improvements.

The draft North Tyneside Cycling Design Guide, first adopted in 2018, is a more technical document which sets out design standards for cycling provision. This has been updated to take account of relevant government guidance, known as Local Transport Note LTN1/20 ‘Cycle Infrastructure Design’, introduced in 2020.

Consultation on any specific planned works will be carried out separately as appropriate, when funding to deliver the works is secured.

The updated draft Cycling Strategy seeks to support everyday cycling and make it easier for people to use healthy, sustainable and affordable ways to travel. It will support the council’s ambition to take steps and seek investment to become carbon net zero by 2030.

We would like to hear your comments on the documents and your suggestions for any subjects which should be added or covered in greater detail.

Please submit your comments by 9 December 2022 to trafficconsultations@northtyneside.gov.uk and use ‘Cycling Strategy and Design Guide’ as your subject heading, and please clearly say which of the documents your comments relate to.

If you need us to do anything differently (reasonable adjustments) to help you access our services, including providing this information in another language or format, please contact us at trafficconsultations@northtyneside.gov.uk or by telephone – (0191) 643 6114.

Current Cycling Strategy

North Tyneside Council’s Cycling Strategy sets out how it will continue to help more people in the borough cycle more easily and often.

It is aimed at getting more people to take part in everyday cycling, which has a number of benefits for people’s health and the environment, and, wherever possible, improving the infrastructure of the borough to support the increasing popularity of cycling.

The plan also aims to ensure that design guidance is in place so that the council’s infrastructure investment is in line with current and emerging best practice.

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