26 June 2015
Will Newcastle's £1m Cycle Superhighway Help Reduce Cycling Accidents?
As somebody who often commutes to the Slater and Gordon Newcastle office, I was very pleased to hear that, in just a few weeks’ time, work will finally start on the John Dobson Street cycle superhighway.
The work will transform one of Newcastle’s busiest streets into a safe cycling zone. John Dobson Street will undergo a £1million upgrade to replace the current two-way road with a one-way route for motor vehicles and a two-lane cycle track.
It’s Newcastle City Council’s biggest ever cycling project and will be funded out of Newcastle’s £10 million safe cycling fund, already pledged by the UK Government’s Cycle City Ambition Fund.
Will the New Scheme Help Reduce Cycling Accidents in Newcastle?
Did you know that 75% of fatal and serious cycling accidents happen in urban areas, where most cycling takes place?
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, most cycling accidents take place during the day and during the spring and summer months.
You’ll probably be as shocked as I was to hear that, in just six years (2005 – 2011), 29 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in Newcastle city centre alone. Hopefully you’ll welcome the John Dobson Street improvements as much as I do. I think they’ll make the lives of cyclists in Newcastle much easier – and safer.
The UK Needs More Safe Cycling Schemes
I’m not the only one who cycles to work in Newcastle, far from it. Over 3,000 people cycle to work in our city. With the new John Dobson Street safe cycling route, perhaps more people will choose this healthy commuting option as it will give them much more confidence that their journey through Newcastle city centre will be a safe one.
Cycle use is also increasing in the UK as a whole. According to the latest UK Government cycling statistics, there have been significant increases in people cycling in England throughout the last three years – including an increase in cyclists in the Tyne and Wear area.
The Cycle City Ambition Fund, from which the John Dobson Street scheme is funded, is a nationwide initiative that was announced in 2013 by the then Transport Minister Norman Baker. He promised a £62 million investment to make cycling safer and more attractive to people throughout England.
Newcastle is one of eight cities that will benefit from the new safe cycling investments. Other cities include Leeds, Birmingham and Cambridge – which has been described by cycling charity CTC as being the closest UK city to Cycletopia, the CTC’s ideal cycling town.
I can’t wait for when the new John Dobson Street cycle superhighway is finished and I can use it. I really do believe it’s necessary to help improve safety and efficiency for cyclists navigating through Newcastle city centre. It’ll mean cyclists can opt for this route instead of attempting to manoeuvre through congested city zones.
As a keen cyclist, I certainly look forward to a safer commute to work.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers offer a free consultation for anyone involved in a cycling accident through no fault of their own.
We regularly pursue cycling accident claims for members of the CTC, the UK’s national cycling charity, and have secured more than £40 million in compensation for CTC Members who have been injured in cycling accidents since 2002.
For a free consultation about claiming compensation for injuries sustained in a cycling accident, call Slater and Gordon Lawyers 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.