Re-Newcastle – making us Fit for Cycling

We want Newcastle to be a great place to live and do business which is why we are investing over £450 million over the next three years in our city’s buildings, roads and rail network to help our city grow.

As part of this we have started on an ambitious programme of transforming Newcastle for cycling. 

Cycle City Ambition Fund Phase 2

In November 2014, the Department for Transport announced a £114m extension to the existing Cycle City Ambition grant programme.  Newcastle is one of eight cities able to apply for funding.  In March 2015 it was announced that Newcastle had been successful in obtaining £10.6m over the 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 financial years.  

Phase 1 of the CCAF set the direction for a transformational long-term cycle strategy for Newcastle by aiming for mass participation, and supporting city centre regeneration, housing growth, public health and access to employment and services.Phase 2 builds on the success and lessons learned from Phase 1 and as per the original bid there is a strong emphasis on working with public health and developing programmes that target older people, ethnic minority communities and other hard to reach groups. 

The Phase 2 bid is centred on a clear three stage journey approach which aligns with the door to door strategy by making the entire journey safer and more attractive, particularly over shorter distances.  The three elements are:

  • By starting at home and improving the immediate surroundings to make the prospect of cycling or walking to local amenities and facilities more attractive.  This includes Community Cycling areas that will build on the community engagement experience of DIY Streets and Retail Friendly Areas of CCAF Phase 1.
  • Incorporating the route to work by improving the quality of strategic routes to Newcastle City Centre, the region’s most significant employment hub.  This will provide direct links from the surrounding areas, particularly areas with high levels of commuters to the major centres of Newcastle and Gateshead.
  • Enabling the final leg of the journey to work to be undertaken safely by undertaking improvements within the City Centre.  This will strengthen links to main attractors including major development sites, the universities and leisure facilities and transport interchanges such as Central Station, the Metro, and the bus stations. 

Cycle City Programme Co-ordination Board

The development of Cycling in Newcastle is overseen by the Cycle City Programme Co-ordination Board consisting of senior councillors, officers and stakeholders.  Notes from meetings of the board are provided below.

CCAF 2 bid documents

Original bid documents

The original Cycle City Ambition funding was a £5.7m award from the Department of Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Fund (CCAF), to support our ‘Newcastle Fit for Cycling’ programme and change the way we travel in this city.  The programme is part of a ten-year plan to improve cycle routes and facilities across the city and make it a better place for walking and cycling.

Page last updated: 
21 April 2016
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