About the Project

We need your help to develop a plan of walking and cycling routes across the city.

The plan will show not only where existing routes are but also where new routes might be needed.

We have already done quite a lot of work to map out existing walking and cycling routes but this has mainly focused on the central areas of the city.

Now we’d like to hear from you to help us to identify routes in other parts of the city as well as potential improvements that could be made in the future.

It doesn’t matter whether you hardly ever walk or cycle or you regularly travel on foot or by bike – we still want to hear from you.

We’re interested in finding out what journeys you make, how you travel and if there are any ways you think routes could be made better.

To Take Part

To take part go to https://newcastlewalkingcyclingroutes.commonplace.is/

Drop-in sessions will be organised as part of the consultation and further information will be posted on this webpage when the details are finalised. 

This map (1862 KB) shows the existing routes and the possible new routes that we are consulting on.

Purpose of the Project

This work is being done in response to the government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, which sets out an ambition to ensure more people can use safe and convenient walking and cycling routes by 2040.

By developing this plan – called a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan – we will be able to set out what needs to be done to improve the network over the next 10 years.

We will use it to work out where the main preferred routes are in the city and areas where further routes could be developed.

This will help us to plan which areas and routes should be a priority for investment.

It will also put us in a stronger position to bid for any funding which becomes available from government, so it might result in us having more to invest.


The DfT’s LCWIP Technical Guidance for Local Authorities sets out clear requirements for producing a LCWIP.  Aecom’s proposals reflect these requirements which place a strong emphasis on mapping trip origin and destination points and identifying desire lines (utilising the Propensity to Cycle Tool and travel to work data from the 2011 Census).  Aecom’s methodology report can be accessed here (11.3KB).

However, Newcastle has been considering its walking and cycling network for some time.  The Strategic Network is identified in Newcastle’s Cycling Strategy and this was developed further through our Cycle City Ambition Fund bids.  We have also been able to develop detailed proposals for specific neighbourhoods with support from community groups.    

The walking and cycling network plan proposed as part of this consultation reflects both Aecom’s proposals and this additional local knowledge.    

Background Information

The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS)

The Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy was published in 2017 and set out the Government’s ambition that cycling and walking are the natural choices for shorter journeys, or as part of a longer journey.  As part of their aim to build a society that works for all, they want more people to have access to safe, attractive routes for cycling and walking by 2040.

The strategies objectives are to:

  • increase cycling activity, where cycling activity is measured as the estimated total number of cycle stages made
  • increase walking activity, where walking activity is measured as the total number of walking stages per person
  • reduce the rate of cyclists killed or seriously injured on England’s roads, measured as the number of fatalities and serious injuries per billion miles cycled
  • increase the percentage of children aged 5 to 10 that usually walk to school

Further details on the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycling-and-walking-investment-strategy

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIP)

To achieve the objectives set out in the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, the DfT published guidance on the preparation of Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPS). 

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans are a new, strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements required at the local level.  They enable a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks, ideally over a 10-year period, and form a vital part of the Government’s strategy to increase the number of trips made on foot or by cycle.

The key outputs of Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans are:

  • a network plan for walking and cycling which identifies preferred routes and core zones for further development
  • a prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements for future investment
  • a report which sets out the underlying analysis carried out and provides a narrative which supports the identified improvements and network

While the preparation of a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan is not mandatory, Local Authority’s who have plans will be well placed to make the case for future investment.

Following an expression of interest, Newcastle City Council was awarded funding by the DfT to support our development of a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans, and subsequently the Council commissioned Aecom to lead on the development of a walking and cycling network plan.

Further details on Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-cycling-and-walking-infrastructure-plans-technical-guidance-and-tools)

Other Relevant Newcastle City Council Strategies

Other Council strategies that have influenced the proposed walking and cycling network plan include:

Newcastle’s Cycling Strategy:


Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan:


Cycle City Ambition Fund bids:


Streets for People Areas:


Page last updated: 
30 November 2018
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