Cyclists in campaign for better cycling routes hits the streets of Newcastle

Cycling campaigners staged a demonstration calling for better cycling routes in the North East

Space 4 Cycling tour of Newcastle City Centre
Space 4 Cycling tour of Newcastle City Centre

More than 100 riders took to the streets of Newcastle to campaign for more space for cyclists.

Space for Cycling campaigners want more protected lanes for cyclists and 20mph speed limits on some of London’s busiest roads.

Cyclists in Newcastle set off from Haymarket on Saturday to encourage councillors to create a better transport system for riders.

 

Co-ordinator Katja Leyendecker said: “It was a fantastic event and people really enjoyed it.

“Although people had fun they understood the serious message behind the event and our need for a better transport system for cyclers.”

The route took cyclists around the city centre.

Shannon Robalino, who cycles in Newcastle and Gateshead, said: “I want protected space for cycling so that my friends and I don’t feel intimated when cycling and we can enjoy ourselves instead of rushing from A to B. It’s safer for us, motorists and pedestrians.”

Rides supporting the initiative also took place in cities such as London, Sheffield and York.

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