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Cycling strategy

Cycling is a great way of getting about for all ages and for all purposes. From school into retirement, a bike provides freedom and exercise. With a bike you can visit friends and family, go shopping, go to work or ride for riding's sake. It's cheap, healthy and environmentally friendly.

Our vision is a simple one:

"Everyday cycling, cycling every day"

We want Gateshead to be a place where everyone makes cycling part of their day to day lives.  A place where people can, and do, choose cycling for any trip they want to make.  Our Cycling Strategy sets out how we are going to make that vision a reality.

We will continue to develop a safe and comprehensive cycle route network, covering the whole borough and linking with neighbouring networks; providing easy access to employment, leisure, health and education. Gateshead has much to offer, we want people to get out on their bikes to enjoy their local attractions. We will put cycling at the heart of new developments, linking communities and opportunities.

We will promote cycling for all our residents and communities, with a particular focus on the benefits that cycling can bring as part of a healthy lifestyle.

We will deliver cycle training in schools and support pupils and families to continue cycling throughout their lives.

Gateshead Cycling Strategy (PDF) [4MB] (opens new window)