New bike lanes are planned for Hunter Street. This is an initiative of Newcastle City Council and will ease traffic congestion along Hunter Street, provide an important link in the Newcastle Cycleways Network and make cycling in the city centre much safer. Tim Askew (NCC City Centre Programs Manager) will make a presentation at the September NCM meeting at the Adamstown Club on Tuesday (10th) night. To see the Herald article, click on the link in the first sentence above to read The Herald’s coverage.
Newcastle Now last night hosted an exciting evening of speakers who are all contributing to the future of Newcastle. Jan Gehl was the keynote speaker and he has been contracted by Newcastle Now to design new separated bike lanes along Hunter Street, Newcastle. This, along with other initiatives, is designed to revamp Newcastle, making it a more liveable city. Gehl, in his modest, urbane European manner, gave a brief overview of the history of city planning, and how cities had grown to accommodate cars, especially since the 1950s. But cars are not friendly to the concept of a liveable city, and soon the piazzas of Europe became car parks. Over the past five decades, city planners gradually reduced the parking available for car parking and encouraged the use of public transport and bikes to create the more pleasant urban spaces now evident in all major European cities. Mr Gehl highlighted that this could also become a reality in Newcastle, with the promise of new bicycle lanes in our city centre to realise this wonderful vision for our city.