Cycling on Gateshead Millennium Bridge
Gateshead is committed to encouraging cycling as a mode of transport by providing a safe and convenient cycling network, secure cycle parking and by providing facilities which will serve to encourage cycle use.
Gateshead will continue to promote cycling by producing and distributing cycle maps, signposting National Bike Week and by organising cycle rides.
On the right hand side of this page you can download Cycle North East's guide to cycle events and guided rides in the North East from April - October 2011. It includes information on events that are being organised as part of Bike Week 2011 (20 - 24 June), one of the UK's biggest cycling events including the chance to win a brand new bike.
As part of it's quality transport corridor projects to improve the highway for cyclists, pedestrians and bus passengers Gateshead Council is preparing to create and sign a new section of the National Cycle Network (NCN) which will be called the Great North Cycle route .
Gateshead has joined with Newcastle City Council, Durham County Council, Northumberland County Council, North Tyneside Council and Darlington Borough Council to create this new important link for cyclists.
The original proposal for the Great North Cycle route would link NCN 7 at Chester le Street, Regional route 11 at Birtley, Gateshead Town Centre, NCN 14, NCN 72, Newcastle Town Centre and NCN 10. However following a meeting between Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council and Sustrans the partners decided to further expand the Signed Route to include possible links to Blyth (linking to NCN 1), Chester le Street and the city of Durham with links to regional route 20 the W2W and south to Darlington to link to NCN14. The scheme will attempt to use existing cycle links with new signage, lanes and other facilities where required and will commence in the 2011/12 financial year with schemes in Gateshead, Newcastle and Durham.
The scheme in Gateshead will see the A167 between Eightonhaugh Roundabout and the Jolly Miller Public House improved for buses and cycles with new lanes and a new 40 mph speed limit introduced. The scheme will also introduce a new signalised crossing at the Angel of the North to assist pedestrians and bus passengers get to and from this national landmark.
The plan is to also increase links for pedestrian and cyclists to this new national cycle route by creating the Angel cycleway from Bill Quay and national route 14 via traffic free routes and signed on road links to the Angel of the North .
Since 2004 Durham Road has seen cycle trips rise by 84% from an avaerage of 22,265 trips per year to 40,880 trips per year and Gateshead Council, like all the partners, wants to build on this success and continue to increase the number of cycle trips.