Get on your bike! North Tyneside Council reveal that cycling in the borough has increased

People using bikes for transport in North Tyneside has increased by more than 60%.

Schemes put into place in North Tyneside to promote cycling as an effective way of transport have been successful.

Cycling in the borough has increased more than 60% over four years, which is ahead of the target growth outlined in 2018’s Cycling Strategy.

The Council also delivers national standard Bikeability cycle training to school children and promotes healthy and active travel through its Go Smarter project. The Summer of Cycling is another scheme, encouraging people of all ages to use their bikes as transport.

Future schemes include improving cycling links to Metro stations and the introduction of a permanent cycle route along the coast.

The Transport Strategy Annual Report 2021-22 presented these findings to Cabinet, and also sets out how the local authority continues to invest in other parts of the highway network and in local road safety and network management schemes.

Collisions involving cyclists have hugely decreased, it is now at 33% which is the lowest figure since the introduction of the annual report. Casualties involving cyclists have continued to decrease since 2017, which is the year that the Transport Strategy was introduced.

Hundreds are expected to take part in the bike ride.

Councillor Sandra Graham, Cabinet Member for the Environment in North Tyneside, said: “The growth in cycling is one of North Tyneside’s big success stories. Riding a bike is a healthy, low carbon, affordable and convenient way to travel for many of our residents.

“We’re proud of the work we’ve done so far to make it easier for people to get around the borough by bike and are excited about what’s to come, as we work towards our aspiration of making the borough carbon net-zero by 2030.

“Our latest Transport Strategy Annual Report helps set out some of this story as well as our progress more generally in delivering on our vision for transport in the borough.”