Saturday, December 3rd 2016 at 6:38PM GMT
Another British city has opened a protected cycleway – this time it’s Newcastle upon Tyne. After months of construction the John Dobson Street cycleway has finally officially opened. Running parallel to Newcastle’s main shopping highway (Northumberland Street is the former A1 but which has been pedestrianised for some years) the cycleway cost £1.7m, and will be followed by links to other routes.
The new-look street features a separated two-way cycleway, with dedicated signals at junctions.
John Litherland, chair of the Newcastle Cycling Stakeholder Forum, said: “It’s great to see our first 21st century cycling infrastructure in the centre of Newcastle. With more investment like this cycling can become a major means of transport in Newcastle.”
The work has also seen pavements widened and improved crossing points for pedestrians.
Cllr Ged Bell, cabinet member for investment and development at Newcastle City Council, said: “The transformation of John Dobson Street is the first stage in our plans to make the city centre safer and more accessible for everyone.