Getting more people cycling in Newcastle would generate £71m in economic and health benefits, says Sustrans at breakfast (re)launch for Bike Life report.
Carlton ReidFeb 26, 2018
Newcastle Central’s MP, business leaders, council officials and more were at a launch event for the Newcastle’s Bike Life report, an annual audit of the city’s cycle-friendliness.
The report, which was published in November last year by Sustrans and Newcastle City Council and is part of the UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities, showed that 52 percent of people would like to start cycling or could cycle more, but many were put off by poor safety on the roads and a lack of bike lanes separate from traffic.
A number of city-based Bike Life reports were published at the time but a launch event for Newcastle’s was delayed until today.
In a breakfast event this morning at Newcastle’s Civic Centre, Sustrans’ director for the North of England Rosslyn Colderley shared some new calculations done by the charity. These assessed the impact on health, air quality and the economy in Newcastle if everyone who said they would like to start cycling did so (and followed the same pattern in participation already shown by the Bike Life study of existing bike riders in Newcastle).