Residents hope to put brakes on cycle path plans

Cullercoats' Broadway residents complain about proposed new cycle track.'REF 0909149687
Cullercoats' Broadway residents complain about proposed new cycle track.'REF 0909149687
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Angry residents say plans to create a new cycle path near Tynemouth would put motorists, pedestrians and bike riders at risk.

Hundreds of people have criticised proposals to install a 1.8m wide path on a 400-metre stretch of The Broadway from Beach Road to the Holy Saviours roundabout.

The path is being proposed by North Tyneside Council to provide a cycle route from Beach Road to Tynemouth village.

It has also been backed by cycling charity Sustrans as a means of encouraging pupils to cycle to a nearby school.

But residents have hit out at the plans, saying it will result in the loss of grass verges and parking, roads would be narrowed, and lamp-posts moved.

They have formed the Broadway Action Group, and are planning to hold a public meeting at 7pm on Friday, September 12, at Tynemouth Parish Hall.

Residents feel it would be better to extend the Beach Road cycle path down to the seafront at the Park Hotel, where the existing seafront cycle path is – also leading to Tynemouth.

Philip Jackson, chairman of the action group, said: “All the residents are up in arms over these plans.

“This proposed cycle path is over the top, it’s excessive, will destroy the environment and will create traffic hazards.

“This money from Sustrans would be better spent upgrading the cycle path on the seafront.

“The path will go in front of houses, across driveways while it will also run right next to bus stops.

“Residents will have reduced parking space outside their homes for visitors and tradesmen. Vehicles will therefore seek to park in adjoining streets to the annoyance of other residents.”

Tim Pheby, senior engineer at Sustrans North East, said: “Sustrans believe that every child has the right to choose to walk or cycle to school.

“This scheme, on one of the widest streets in the borough, will provide a much needed safe route along the A193, allowing more children and parents to take healthier and greener options for the school run.

“This is one of the best proposals that we’ve seen this year and I would encourage local residents to give their feedback to help iron out the finer details of the plan.”

A council spokesperson said: “We have been allocated government funding to improve cycling infrastructure in Tynemouth and have developed a proposal, in partnership with Sustrans, that aims to make the local environment safer for cyclists.

“No decision has been taken and we are actively seeking feedback on the plans and would encourage anyone who has not yet got in touch to contact us before consultation closes on Friday, September 12.

“We will consider all views that are submitted. People can get in touch by emailing traffic@northtyneside.gov.uk or by calling 0345 2000 101.

“The proposals are available to view at www.northtyneside.gov.uk.”