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168577Photo #168577Pavement is wide enough however people always park their cars on it, despite the No Parking signs on the wall, meaning pedestrians have to walk along the road.
Oddly, bollards have been added to pavements in other (much quieter) areas of this estate but not on North Side between Autumn Drive and Fall Pass where pavement parking occurs regularly each day.
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167993Photo #167993New housing has been built over a number of paths which have been in use for decades. This type of piecemeal nibbling away at footpaths is a significant deterrent to walking as it makes journeys on foot longer and more convoluted.Track:
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167992Photo #167992There appears to be building work which has blocked a path which has been used by people on foot for several decades. This type of piecemeal nibbling away at footpaths is a significant deterrent to walking as it makes journeys on foot longer and more convuluted.Track:
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167676Photo #167676No cycle lane, too many parked cars in Low Fell - maybe needs people and cycle path from Gateshead to the AngelCycleway:
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165623Photo #165623This section of Bottle Bank is poorly paid out from both a cyclist and a driver's perspective. There's a pedestrian refuge just before Curzon Place (Hilton), and it's unclear which lane the cars should be in. Could one of the lanes going downhill be made a cycle lane?

Also, it's unclear whether cyclists travelling north up Bottle Bank or not? Or whether the safer preferred route is to come up the hill via Church Street. If the latter, there needs better signage for the cyclist down at Bridge Street to head towards The Sage before turning right up Church Street. Also these are some steep hills so segregated cycle lanes/shared use would be very much preferred!!!
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165622Photo #165622This 'temporary' junction is a bit of a 'dogs dinner' with the temporary barriers and traffic lights for cyclists not being clear what they are/are not getting the green light for. The traffic lights are not necessary for most cyclists traveling down West Street and turning right along Askew Rd to the Tyne, or the journey back traveling along Askew Rd and then turning left up West Street.

'Act in haste, repent at leisure' for this cycle junction scheme.

(and the less said about trying to turn the flyover into a cycle route the better!)
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165621Photo #165621For cyclists going north to Gateshead there is a good choice of shared use or bus lane to use.

However on the cycle journey back from Gateshead, traveling southbound, it is unclear when are you expected to cross to the bus lane on the 'correct' side of Durham Rd when heading south, and how this should be done safely.

I suggest making this clearer at the Shipcote Lane / Durham Rd junction with a Toucan crossing OR alternatively providing a clear shared use path to Durham Rd / Prince Consort Rd junction and provide Toucan crossing there.
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165620Photo #165620Poor quality of street lighting at the top of Lynnholme Gardens makes this a very dark section for pedestrians and cyclists during winter. Additional lamp column required to light the top section.Track:
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165619Photo #165619To reiterate other comments in the area, the entire section of National cycle route 14 between Staithes Rd and the Intu Metro Centre needs to be fully re-designed/re-considered. It is a barrier to encourage people to that shopping/leisure location.

Specifically - there's no way that the footway meets current standards for shared cycle and footway, it's very narrow by the shops on Staithes Rd, and by the bus stop, and at other locations due to poor location of street furniture. The sight lines to cross at Kingfisher Court are very poor. Also further along A114 traveling towards the Metro Centre, the quality of the cycle route is very poor due to ponding and tree routes and/or the footway is also narrow again (not meeting current shared cycle route standards).


Alternatively, you can risk cycling on the road, which is not suitable for the novice cyclist, and not pleasant for an experienced cyclist. The quality of the road tarmac is shocking, there's no bus/cycle lane for most of it (but plenty of buses due to the depot). And cars have a tendency to speed around the corner on the A1114.

My suggestion would be to increase the width of the path on the northern side of the A1114 so that it actually meets current standards for shared path and improve the bus stop layout (take away the bus layby) and street furniture (similar to Durham Rd near Bensham), narrow the road entrances to cormorant drive and kingfisher Court to improve sight lines for crossing these. Then widen/resurface the shared route on the footpath going towards the Metro Centre, especially the sections adjacent to the road.

Resurface the road.

This would allow novice and more experienced cyclists to use this section more safely.
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165597Photo #165597Cars fly down Blaydon Bank. Path should be wider to accommodate a cycle lane, parking restricted and speed limit reduced to 20Cycleway:
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163856Photo #163856The last 3 times I have cycled up this road overtaking cars have entered the contraflow cycle lane, which creates a real danger of a head on collision. Suggest put additional signage to warn cars of the bike lane, or widen the bike lane and put in a physical barrier to prevent cars entering the bike laneCycleway:
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162012Photo #162012PATH IS APPROX 1 METRE WIDE AND PEDESTRIANS PASS WITHIN 30CM OF EACH OTHER FACE TO FACE AS ONLY ONE SIDE OF BRIDGE PEDESTRIANISED. IN COVID 19 UNACCEPTABLE RISK. ALSO UNSAFE DUE TO PROXIMITY OF PEDESTRIANS. BUSY ROAD WITH LIMITED VIEW OF ONCOMING BUSES AND CARS. ROAD IS BUSIER THAN EVER INCLUDING WITH CYCLISTS. SUGGEST TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES FOR TRAFFIC LIGHTS urgently needed.Track:
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161090Photo #161090Stop parking on pavements as this is narrowing pavements and causing vulnerable pedestrians having to share narrow road space with fast moving vehicles irrespective of ineffective speed humps!!Track:
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161089Photo #161089Avenue Road NE8 4JH is a busy avenue on route to Saltwell Park, the Leisure Centre, Library and soon to be Shipcote School, vehicles constantly park on the pavements restricting pedestrians access and making them use the road to make progress! This especially affects wheelchair users and young mothers and fathers with pushchairs along with elderly pedestrians using walking aids. The recent speed humps placed in Avenue Road are really ineffective and do not slow traffic, it would have been more effective to have duplicated existing speed humps that are higher and are more effective!
Avenue Road is an accident waiting to happen as it is used as a rat run avoiding the busier Durham Road especially when the new school opens!
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161088Photo #161088More signs are needed to encourage dog walkers to 'scoop the poop' of their dogs into a dog waste bag, or use "stick to flick" to get rid of dog faeces into the undergrowth either side of paths like Woodhouses Lane. I've put the marker near this access point off Parkdale Rise, as there is an irresponsible owner of a large dog who lives near here, and he lets it defecate in the middle of the nice newly surfaced path. His excuse is that horses and ponies do their business on it, but he’s ignoring the fact that it's a bridleway, and that the faeces of a carnivore is toxic and dangerous compared to a herbivore. There are many more like him. So, all over Gateshead, where there are entrances to rural paths, and on those rights of way themselves, it would greatly help if the council put up signs warning dog-walkers of their obligations.Track:
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159303Photo #159303There is a very slippy slope down from Parkway (road) to Woodhouses Lane, the path that was resurfaced with grit in late 2019 – early 2020. People are attempting to clamber down the muddy slope, especially for exercise during lockdown. Note, the muddy slope is opposite the grassy area between the ends of the streets L’Arbre Crescent and Syron. There needs to be wooden or concrete steps down to Woodhouses Lane from Parkway, and there also needs to proper paths and steps down onto Parkway from L’Arbre Crescent and Syron. This would create through routes giving residents further up the housing estate better access to the countryside, without the risk of injury from a fall.Track:
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158797Photo #158797Narrow, overgrown, muddy path with bad signposting and a barrier that would restrict non-standard cycles. Path is only a hundred metres or so but this isn’t clear on entry and forward visibility is very poor.Obstruction:
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158795Photo #158795Narrow, overgrown, muddy path with bad signposting and a barrier that would restrict non-standard cycles. Path is only a hundred metres or so but this isn’t clear on entry and forward visibility is very poor.Cycleway:
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158593Photo #158593If you come down the path (nicely paved) from the Poachers Pocket on Market Lane and go under the A1, you’re faced with a choice of two routes, the most useful of which is in poor condition. The rightmost is more useful as it goes towards Dunston but is in very poor condition, with mud, huge ruts and puddles. Furthermore, there needs to be a path and cycle route to the left to take you more directly towards MetroCentre, especially Marks and Spencer and the green quadrant, and indeed people have worn a rough path across the grass. The straight-on path is in better condition but it’s rather a long way round into the shopping centre.Track:
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158436Photo #158436Link path to Abbotsford RoadCycleway:
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158432Photo #158432Anti motorcycle and vehicle barrier on RCR11Cycle parking:
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158431Photo #158431The start of the path from Leam Lane to Springwell. Don't get excited, the tarmac doesn't last long!Cycleway:
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158430Photo #158430New short section of path where RCR11 crosses Leam Lane in Gateshead and heads up to SpringwellCycleway:
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158427Photo #158427The Bowes Railway PathTrack:
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158426Photo #158426Bridge on the Bowes Railway Path, WardleyTrack:
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158038Photo #158038There is a need for a cycle path and pedestrian route along the south side of MetroCentre, parallel to St Michaels Way. It would run from the A1 junction Hollinside Road (and possibly also Marconi Way) to the path that goes under the A1 in the MC’s southeast corner (it’s called Cross Lane on this map, but ultimately the route needs to go as far as the road for vehicles called Cross Lane. There is plenty of room for a gentle eastward descent from the A1 junction although it may involve going on to Highways England’s territory! Ultimately what’s needed is a fairly straight route from Swalwell to Wellington Road and onward to central Gateshead, avoiding MetroCentre, and this suggested path is the missing link. An additional feature which ought to be incorporated is a route from the west i.e. Marconi Way and the path round the back of American Golf. The challenge there is getting pedestrians and cyclists safely across the direct slip road from the A1 onto St Michael’s Way. Some have said the slip road should be closed as it is so dangerous, making drivers use the other slip road and turn left onto Hollinside Road. Another idea is to reduce it from two lanes to one. Yet another idea is to put a central island where a new cycle and pedestrian route would cross the slip road, like the one nearby on St Michaels Way.Cycleway:
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157872Photo #157872The bus stops on Consett Road are in the wrong place. They needs to be east of the Alwinton Gardens junction in both directions, nearer a larger number of residents and to Emmanuel School, and where there’s plenty of land to accommodate them. The current bus stop positions were determined when this whole side of Lobley Hill was undeveloped, at there was a farm and a few houses at the west end of Consett Road! Repositioning the bus stops will allow buses that turn into Alwinton Gardens to stop on Consett Road. Buses come up Knightside Gardens and Malvern Gardens to turn here, and in theory buses could come directly up Lobley Hill Road. Local bus routes could be more flexibly designed if the stops were moved. Perhaps extra bus stops for each direction could be placed near the entrance of Ravensworth estate, as there is a long run to the next stops to the west. Remember that bus stops are owned by local authorities, not by bus companies.Track:
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157871Photo #157871The rickety wooden footbridge was recently taken out at Watergate Park. A new one is needed.Track:
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157109Photo #157109A considerable amount of residents in the residential area walk and bike, should consider createing this area from Prince Consort Road down to the library should be considered for only pedestrians, bikes, and public transportation. This busy road runs along residential housing which causes disruption to living, this areas sees a considerable amount of footfall as well as with current social distancing guidelines this the roads should be temporarily be used for pedestrians as well.Track:
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157108Photo #157108Parked cars no cycle laneCycleway:
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156833Photo #156833The Crossing of Railway Street in Dunston near Staithes Road and the area around it just isn’t good enough. It should at least be a zebra crossing rather than just an island in the middle of the A1114. The footpaths on either side aren’t wide enough to allow for bicycles, particularly for cyclists having to turn to make the crossing. To top it all, getting from Wellington Street or Ravensworth Road by bike is baffling, despite there being lots of open land and tarmac over that short distance. There’s no clear path or obvious route (even for pedestrians) and you find yourself going over kerbs. It’s an obvious route from many parts of Dunston to the riverside route and towards central Gateshead and Newcastle but has seemingly been given little thought.Cycleway:
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156815Photo #156815The lack of paved footpaths at Metro Centre West is very noticeable, especially around the junction of Pinetree Way, Marconi Way, and Hollinside Road. People who walk to work or shop on the retail park have worn paths in the grass in some places. This is despite the traffic lights cycle not specifically allowing for pedestrians. Please put in pedestrian paths and crossing, including a traffic light controlled crossing over the southbound Hollinside Road carriageway, where the two carriageways diverge. The current long detours that pedestrians and cyclist have to take are discouraging. It’s like a dystopian American car-dominated nightmare.Track:
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156637Photo #156637Surface and lighting improvements would improve access to the railway station.Track:
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156636Photo #156636Access gate onto Keelman's Way is too narrow for wheelchairs. The surface is often very muddy too.Track:
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156635Photo #156635Speed limit should be reduced to 30/40mph to improve road safety.Temporary closure:
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156634Photo #156634There should be a safer, straightforward route for cyclists (and pedestrians) across Blaydon Roundabout/A695 from Blaydon Town centre.Cycleway:
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156632Photo #156632There is a rough path through the trees on the embankment next to Crowley Road (the back lane part). People use it walking down from Clavering Road, and then they go down the steps to Holy Trinity Church and Swalwell village. The back lane is a bit narrow with parked cars and the pavement next to it is only about half a metre wide . It would be great if the rough path was properly surfaced.Track:
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156631Photo #156631Safe crossing improvements necessary for walkers and those using the shops. There is limited visibility for pedestrians and cars speed around the bend.Track:
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156630Photo #156630Very narrow footpath forces pedestrians onto the road by a blind corner. There is a history of collisions and near misses here. A crossing would be welcome.Track:
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156558Photo #156558It would help if this path down from Longrigg Road had streetlights. Plus the nearby National Cycle Network route 14, running near the south side of the Tyne, is very dark in this area, even where it runs fairly close to parallel busy roads, such as near Metro Centre. There’s a few other paths and cycle routes in the area that could be lit. It’s probably going to help pedestrians even more, as at least most cyclists have lights whereas people out walking often don’t.Cycleway:
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156331Photo #156331Brewery Bank is very slippy in frosty and snowy weather. Please put some steps in for people walking down from Crowley Road. There's plenty of pavement that can be partly used to save us all from sliding down on our arses. You could probably put steps on some of the other little roads and paths going down to Hexham Road and Market Lane. It would help the old folk and disabled going down from the Swalwell Terraces to Lidl and the bus stops. They get trapped in their homes in wintry weather because of the hills in Swalwell.Track:
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156265Photo #156265There is some terrible speeding down Milton Road, despite it supposedly being a 20 mph zone. How about installing a speed camera here, or getting a speed camera van to come here every so often, to make the situation safer for pedestrians? Even just a 30 mph limit could be checked against. It's not unusual to see someone travelling at 45 mph. The worst offenders seem to be vans and pick-up trucks, presumably because their wheels span the speed humps, but there are plenty of car drivers who drive down at high speed and seem impervious to the humps.Track:
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156070Photo #156070We’d like some more lights in Swalwell Park as well please. It’s lit down the west side, and along the top south side but if you’re not if going to or from the Lumley Avenue. It should suit cyclists as well as pedestrians. Quite a lot of people walk from MetroCentre up to Whickham going via the L shape of Lumley, but after dark they don’t, as that north part of the park is dark.Track:
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155876Photo #155876Could we please have some lighting in Chase Park in Whickham? Quite a lot of people pass through after dark. Small lamp posts from the central meeting point of the main paths, as far as the four entrances would do, there's no need to floodlight the place! It would help pedestrians and cyclists, and dog-walkers on the dark evenings, and encourage more of them to pass through, which in turn would discourage any anti-social behaviour.Track:
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155443Photo #155443Narrow cycle laneCycleway:
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155442Photo #155442Narrow cycle laneCycleway:
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155364Photo #155364Add speed bumps. People swing round here fast and there’s nowhere for pedestrians to stand, especially as cars park all along the pavementTemporary closure:
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155363Photo #155363Drop kerb for buggiesTrack:
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155362Photo #155362Improve dropped kerb for buggies while work is going on in the areaTrack:
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155361Photo #155361Improve dropped kerb for buggiesTrack:
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155360Photo #155360Drop kerb for buggies... the kerb is quite uneven here. Tidy it up while work is going on in the areaTrack:
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155359Photo #155359Drop kerb here for buggiesTrack:
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155166Photo #155166A ridiculously sparse arrangement of bus stops, next to old people’s homes! Despite being slightly up from the junction with North View, buses turning right into North View don’t pick up or set down at the stop currently used by services going down Whickham Bank. The bus stop sign at least should be moved backwards up the hill a few yards and then Go Northeast won’t have an excuse for not stopping the 69 and 97 there before turning right. And the stop for going south up the hill is one the wrong side of the junction. That means a 69 coming along North View passes a stop 300 metres before the junction, then goes up Whickham Bank and along Whickham Front Street before getting to another stop, almost a thousand metres later. Remember the 69 is a hospital service, running to the QE at Sherriff Hill, so should be stopping a bit more conveniently. There’s a large multi-storey old persons’ complex near these stops. The situation for the 97 is even worse, as the next stop is quite a way up Fellside Road. An additional southbound stop with a lay-by could be created on Fellside Road, just south of Fellside Court, where there is a wide pavement. Its northbound equivalent could be at the top of the bank, next to the grassy area, again with a lay-by. Both these stops would benefit the M6 service which comes up the bank and turns into Fellside Road.Track:
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155165Photo #155165Crossing Whickham / Swalwell Bank at the end of North View is not pleasant at busy times. Can we please have a zebra crossing where the current pathetic island is in the middle of the main road? Sometimes the only way to get across is to wave at a driver going downhill to get their attention and make it clear you are going to step out in front of them. The morning rush hour is particularly bad for there being no breaks in the traffic going down the hill. Don’t forget that on the west side there’s a cut through to Heathwood Avenue and the Fellside estates.Temporary closure:
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155062Photo #155062The short and unusually-shaped approx 20 metre back lane between Market Lane and Long Rigg Road suffers from drivers turning quickly and dangerously into it at both ends. There’s not much safe space for pedestrians as the pavement is very narrow . Make it a non through road for traffic. It could be split in the middle, creating loading and unloading parking spaces for the businesses there.Track:
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155061Photo #155061Crossing Market Lane near the Swalwell roundabout is like taking your life in your hands. Drivers come off the roundabout too fast and unpredictably, as you can’t always predict where they are going as there are so many exists, and the road surface of the roundabout is ridiculously over-sized. A proper central pedestrian refuge island and possibly a zebra crossing is needed on Market Lane, and the existing island probably needs to extend further east. Drivers also come down Market Lane too fast. So perhaps speed humps are need for both directions.Track:
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155060Photo #155060A better way for pedestrians to cross the entrance and exit dual-carriageway road to the A1 at the Swalwell roundabout is needed. The northbound should be reduced to one lane, as it quickly narrows to one lane anyway, by building out the kerbs. The southbound exit road should be split by having a central island between the two lanes, similar to the one in the middle of the one-way road at Metrocentre (St Michael’s Way, east of American Golf). NB If the entrance carriageway is narrowed, that may give sufficient land to widen the exit carriageway and so make it easier for the central pedestrian island to be put in.Track:
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155054Photo #155054A central pedestrian refuge is needed at the east end of Sands Road, at the Swalwell roundabout. It’s currently quite scary crossing here partly because the roundabout is so large (in terms of road surface on which you can drive) and drivers seem to think they can drive all over the place, and do. Also it’s a five ir six way junction, with two of those being dual carriageways. Perhaps the path to the river, that leads down the left (west) side of the access road to the A1, can be improved as well. Better pedestrian crossing facilities are needed on some of the other roads meeting at this roundabout, too.Track:
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155053Photo #155053It’s dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists around the junction of Market Lane and Napier Road (which is quite busy because it is one of the few ways in by car to a huge area of housing). The main cause is people parking close to the junction on both roads. This in turn causes drivers turning out of Napier Road in a rushed fashion, because they have a major blind spot, i.e. they cannot see what’s travelling west along Market Lane, and thus they aren’t on the lookout for crossing pedestrians. There is a taxi office very close by, so taxis are frequently arriving and departing whatever parking positions they can find although usually there is sufficient space very close by or on Napier Road itself. Solutions- Double yellow lines are needed close to the junction. A middle refuge island is needed at the bottom (north end) of Napier Road, to help pedestrians going east-west. Appropriately placed outcrops and bollards are needed to discourage selfish parking.Track:
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154725Photo #154725The north west side of Sunniside’s main street (A692) is a nightmare for pedestrians and cyclists, because of poorly arranged parking and vehicle circulation. Both sides of the road have unusual kerbed cycle lanes, which in parts is at a lower level than the main road surface. Across the full width of the public highway, there are six kerbs in total along much of the length. The unsigned cycle lane occupies most of what you would think is the pavement, and is used by pedestrians as a footpath. Passing cyclists obviously prefer to use the road even though there are lots of badly parked vehicles manoeuvring. Many vehicles park half-way over the kerb onto the ‘path’ (while many don’t), and many cars are parked inefficiently, with excess spacing or even diagonal parking. People also park in the narrow side road next to Crowder Pharmacy leading to the back lane. This is two-way, leading to vehicles backing out onto the main road where two vehicles come face to face. Given the presence of the doctor’s surgery, pharmacy and post office, the road could be widened to provide parking places of maximum one or two hours, plus better access for the infirm (blue badge holders, etc.), and for delivery vehicles. The two side lanes to the back lane could be made one way (or at least priority in one direction), one ‘in’ and one ‘out’. The pharmacy will need a space to allow the delivery-to-home van suitable regular access to the shop (bear in mind pharmacy delivery services reduce car use by customers). Various levels of yellow lining are possibly needed, and individual parking spaces marked out so that drivers don’t waste the available resource. BT Openreach may need to move their telephone poles back, as otherwise they will severely constrain the design of solutions. Bear in mind that Starling Walk, which might be tempting for visitors to park in, is private. Unless central Sunniside’s road problems are fixed, a pedestrian (or cyclist or vehicle occupant) is going to get killed.Track:
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154716Photo #154716People park here in a way which blocks the pathTrack:
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154715Photo #154715Connect these two paths properly by making a hypotenuse to the triangle with a very tight angleTrack:
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154714Photo #154714Cars parking up on the pavement while waiting for kids to come out of the top gate, making it difficult to social distance when walking along this pavementTrack:
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154710Photo #154710Cyclepaths on here very muddyCycleway:
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154709Photo #154709Cycleway part of path has unreasonably steep ramps up to the path level every time there is a seating area. This path can be very busy, and the ramps make it more awkwardCycleway:
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154708Photo #154708Difficult to do a right turn onto the cycleway here as barriers are in the wayCycleway:
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154697Photo #154697Really tricky to navigate this dual use path at busy times: need to dismount as simply not enough spaceCycleway:
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154696Photo #154696Re-paint the bike symbol so the pedestrians know not to sprawl over both sidesCycleway:
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154693Photo #154693Drop the kerb here pleaseCycleway:
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154692Photo #154692The waterworks recently finished here did not leave everything as it was. There was a well trodden footpath you could cycle along connecting Low Heworth Lane to the path here. Now there is muddly, loose stony ground which you can’t cycle on. Can we have this path surfaced?Cycleway:
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154650Photo #154650As you merge from The Avenue to Old Durham Rd there is a bend and you cannot see the cars driving on the main road until is too late. Even though it is a 30mph zone drivers drive at speeds over 40 mph. Either we need a speed camera installed at the main road or a traffic light to regulate the traffic. Also we desperately need the council to act more intelligently in regards to cycle lanes. We need one desperately to run all the way from Wrekenton to city centre. Instead the council is wasting money on unnecessary additional cycle lanes at city centre where they already exist. Sorry for the language but this is really stupid. Even my 8 years old understands that.Temporary closure:
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154434Photo #154434Once a cyclist has crossed the A1 from Swalwell using Hollinside Road, the route to the yellow and blue malls of Metro Centre, and beyond towards central Gateshead is difficult to work out and negotiate through MC's car parks and satellite developments, with sharp turns and narrow paths, and mixing with pedestrians and traffic. As a minimum solution, some bike lane widening and clearer signing is needed. Note the best MC bike parking is located just south of the transport interchange (blue mall), and access needs to be improved. There are unnecessary kerbs, and no clear demarcations between bike and bus movement areas and lanes.Cycleway:
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154424Photo #154424The walking facilities around Shield Avenue in Swalwell are awful, especially for those walking or cycling down from residential areas to Metrocentre. The pavement on the west side where Clavering Road joins Market Lane is ridiculously narrow (no social distancing there!) and partially blocked by a sign pole. People therefore walk up and down Shield Avenue but the north end of it (where it's a just a path) gets muddy. More importantly, you then have to walk over a grassy hump to the roundabout at the junction of Market Lane and Hollinside Way, where there is no footpath on the south side, even though there is a potentially useful island on the eastern approach. Those who are walking along the south side of Market Lane are in danger of being run over by traffic exiting Clavering Road, even though there is a large central island, due to the blind turn. The island is paved in the wrong parts, encouraging people to cross on the blind part of the junction. The death or injury of a pedestrian is inevitable here unless improvements are made.Track:
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154423Photo #154423Steps are needed down from Hollinside Way towards the red quadrant of MetroCentre, as far south as possible. The footpath next to Hollinside Way, shared with cyclists, stretches much further to the north, and is a long way round, and doesn't allow for social distancing.Track:
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154249Photo #154249The section of National Cycle Network route 14, between Cross Lane and MetroCentre, parallel to the railway, is far too narrow, and poorly lit. Passing another cyclist, or a pedestrian, generally involves stopping and/or dismounting. Land needs to be taken from the railway embankment on the north side, and the wasteland on the south side, to make this path suitable and wide enough for social distancing, particularly as it gets overgrown.Cycleway:
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154241Photo #154241Install acrylic glass walls (e.g. Perspex) between the Tyne Bridge walkways and the road (as a traffic noise and wind barrier) and over the existing balustrade (outer walls) to protect against suicide jumping (and wind). A ceiling might also be installed, to protect pedestrians from the wind and rain. There would need to be viewing gaps for photography by tourists, and other gaps to reduce pressure leading to damage during high winds, and emergency routes onto and off the road. Locally inspired artwork might be incorporated into the glass.Track:
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154240Photo #154240If you walk across the Tyne Bridge from Newcastle (east side footpath) to go to Sage or St. Mary’s Heritage Centre, you have to walk right to the south end of the bridge. Why not have a staircase down from the bridge to the path at the back of the St Mary’s, given that they are tantalising close to each other? People going further down to places in the lower parts of Gateshead Quays e.g. the Trakol shipping container bars, could then walk down the existing steps at the back of St Mary’s.Track:
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154239Photo #154239Getting from the west side of the Tyne Bridge north end, to the east side, involves either going over at the two stage pedestrian traffic lights. This involves holding up all the traffic, in two stages, ironically after they have takes a long period to change in pedestrian favour. Alternatively it involves walking down Bottle Bank and up Church Street to go under the bridge. However you are forced to walk right down to Church Street, only to have to go uphill again, and going up and down hills is very discouraging for pedestrian and cyclists, and especially the infirm. The route for pedestrians and cyclists could be much improved by putting in a path that snugly follows the bridge support. People have worn a muddy path across the grass in order to cut off the corner, but this still involves walking across slippery sloping grey bricks, which is dangerous, especially in wet or wintry weather. Please put better paths (and possibly steps, as appropriate) in place, and signpost it from Hills Street, Half Moon Lane, etc. Consideration will also need to be given to having a better crossing about 10 to 20 metres or so east up Church St. (from the Bottle Bank junction), to assist those going to Sage Gateshead, etc. This might be achieved by having a westbound traffic lights stop line further east than it is on Church St. It may also better line up with the steps up the back of St Mary’s churchyard. Ultimately, if this is done well, there might not need to be pedestrian traffic lights for crossing the Tyne Bridge approach (at least to the north of the railway bridge).Track:
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153721Photo #153721A mini roundabout and pedestrian refuge is needed at the top of Dunston Bank, to assist pedestrians and cyclists going along Whickham Highway B6317. The pedestrian refuge at the top of Dunston Bank would work with the mini roundabout to allow pedestrians to cross Dunston Bank more safely, and in two stages rather than one. The refuge would reduce the number of dangers that pedestrians currently have to simultaneously cope with. Currently vehicle drivers are so concentrated in turning right at the top of the very steep Dunston Bank that they exercise poor clutch control and handbrake use and often roll backwards. They also pull out hurriedly due to the infrequency of occasions when there apparently isn’t traffic coming from both directions on Whickham Highway, and treat westbound cyclist as invisible. A mini roundabout would change priorities and reduce the risk of a collision with a cyclist. It would also slow down westbound traffic on Whickham Highway, so that cyclists will not be so intimidated to the west of the junction. The B6317 curves slightly to the left towards Whickham, with vegetation also blocking the view for drivers, so anything the slows traffic down will be very helpful, as it will reduce the chances of a cyclist being hit along that stretch, too.Track:
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153694Photo #153694The west end of the Beggarswood Bridle Way is very circuitous, narrow and steep. A better cycle entrance to it from Consett Road could be achieved down the left side of former Ravensdene Hotel. There is a small valley down which the cycle path could go, to join up with the existing route, just south of the bend in Alwinton Gardens. The new routing would enable a more continuous pedestrian and cyclist linkage between Watergate Park and Beggarswood.Cycleway:
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153692Photo #153692An intercity rail station, perhaps called Gateshead Angel, should be built on the underused Tyne Yard. It could be one of the best cycle connected long-distance rail stations in the country, if some cycle lane improvements in this largely flat area can be put in place (also the Bowes Railway cycle route passes Kibblesworth just to the south of the rail freight yard). Cycle hire could available for incoming visitors, who might be visiting e.g. the Team Valley Trading Estate. Also, there should be more secure cycle storage, for people who are taking the train to go away for a few days (one of the best examples of secure cycle storage is at Leicester railway station – it’s actually indoors). Ultimately, HS2 trains could also stop here. There might also be local trains for ‘cycle park and ride’ users. Obviously there would also be a bus station and car parking facilities, given the proximity to local bus routes and to the A1. If people aren’t driving on roads towards Newcastle either to work or to catch the train at Central Station towards London etc., then there is more capacity on the roads for cyclist commuters.Cycleway:
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153658Photo #153658Prevent water from falling onto the pavement (puddles and dirty water pouring from the bridge make avoiding pedestrians difficult)Track:
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153657Photo #153657Build a pedestrian/cycling subway to cross the A167 like on Newcastle side or bridge (avoid interrupting traffic and makes pedestrian/cycling crossing faster)Track:
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153655Photo #153655Repair the uneven pavement (as the flat parts do not leave enough space to avoid the pedestrians).Track:
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153588Photo #153588The informal grassy path connecting the north side of Aldi (MetroCentre) to the path and cycle route near the River Derwent needs formalising and properly paving. A dropped kerb is also required. It's doubtful that Aldi would object as it means they will get more business from people on foot or on bike.Cycleway:
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153587Photo #153587Despite the horrendous (especially for cyclists and pedestrians) roundabout junction (A694/B6317) near here, the opportunity to exploit the cycle path passing under Hexham Road has not been taken. Steps (and possibly non-stepped paths) could be put in place on both sides of Hexham Road. It is even possible that the existing wide arch could accommodate a lane traffic for south-west bound traffic on the A694 (i.e. an underpass), as well as the existing cycle and pedestrian route. That would make remodelling of the roundabout junction easier, such that pedestrian crossings could more easily be accommodated. This is one of those situations where an expanded highway facility for motor vehicles would improve the provision to cyclists, pedestrian and horse riders. Some have even suggested two-way traffic under the arch, with the cycle path moved a few metres nearer the River Derwent (using the next under-bridge along) but that would create junction design challenges at two nearby points on the A694, whereas the south-west-bound only underpass would only need simpler merge and de-merge designs.Track:
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153586Photo #153586The original Watergate Pit miners’ path across Washingwell Woods is in a terrible state, particularly the steps up the north side of the valley, despite absorption of the area into Watergate Park. It is a paved path that used to be lit but is now in a dangerous condition. Pedestrians are forced to pass very close to each other while they try to step on the remaining hard steps and surfaces. Either new stone, brick or concrete construction is required, or all the existing hardcore could be taken out to remove the trip hazards, and wooden steps (with cinders or grit in-fill) put in place. The terms “miners’ path” could be used to promote the completed facility, which provides an excellent walking link between southern Whickham and Lobley Hill. How wonderful it would be if the path was lit, like a hundred years ago.Track:
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153405Photo #153405There are some ludicrously long gaps between bus stops in this area around the north (west) end of Kingsway, especially now that Go Northeast have services on the number 6 that have a circular terminus on Sunniside Front Street. Perhaps a pair of bus stops near the south end of Burnthouse Lane, and one for the clockwise services eastbound on Hole Lane, are needed. The Kingsway - Gladeley Way northbound bus stop gets very busy, and social distancing is just not possible at times in the mornings, because it is serving too large a catchment area.Track:
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153402Photo #153402Introduce waist-level or high level street lighting on the path and cycle route, from Teams all the way up to Sunniside. In Sweden it is common for suburban and even rural tracks and paths like the Tanfield Railway Path to be streetlit. There are examples in the UK too, such as the Great Central Way (also former railway) in Leicester. Obviously it would best if the path was also properly surfaced, especially this Whickham Highway to Teams section.Cycleway:
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153401Photo #153401Near the east end of Whickham Highway, and not far from the entrance of the carpark for Watergate Park, there is a missing bus stop. The next bus stops are quite far away in all three directions, bearing in mind some buses coming from the west go down Malvern Gardens and don't stop until they get to the Scafell Gardens junction. All the nearest or 'next' bus stops (including Lobley Hill (Top) and Whickham Highway (Top of Knightside Gardens) get quite busy, causing people to stand close to each other, which will defeat social distancing (as does dis-boarding in larger numbers). There is a considerable unserved market stretching quite a long way down Woodburn Gardens and down the Tanfield Railway path. Where this crosses Whickham Highway might be a good place to put the east or westbound missing bus-stops.Track:
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153373Photo #153373Install a westbound cycle lane (and possibly eastbound too) and a proper footpath (pavement). Cars of commuters, possibly of those attending or working at Gateshead College, are often parked haphazardly. They are often on the verges, on the south side of Saltmeadow Road and Hawks Road, including on what there is of a pavement, with the curve in the road providing additional visibility danger. Introduce a parking limit (e.g. no parking Mon-Fri 0800 - 1800) or charges. Chicanes may be required because at the moment trucks for the business units on the north side don't usually park on the south side, but may start to do so, if the cars have been removed.Cycleway:
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153364Photo #153364There is an opportunity here to use the wide footpath (and path under the old railway bridge) to create a short cycleway between the lane leading to the Derwent Walk, and the foot of Whickham Bank. It would save eastbound cyclists having to cross Hexham Road twice.Cycleway:
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153363Photo #153363The Swalwell end of the Derwent Walk seems to be set up to cause cyclists to fall. You are required to negotiate quite a deep step. There's more obstructions outside the nearby Swalwell visitor centre which have to be carefully negotiated and prevent social distancing! There's also at least one missing dropped kerb where the lane comes out on the main Hexham Road.Cycleway:
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153362Photo #153362There needs to be proper steps and a cycle ramp down from Parkway onto the recently resurfaced Woodhouses Lane bridle path, a few metres west of the west end of Parkdale Rise.Track:
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153353Photo #153353Travelling from Lingey Lane to Monkton the path has become waterlogged with the amount of rain we have had, soddened making for an onward journey an uncomfortable ride. Passing walkers, runners etc is becoming a trauma as we all try to avoid the puddles. It has also come to our attention the lack of children using the path which had been busy with them up until recently.Cycleway:
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152978Photo #152978Like a lot of places around the borough, this road is very steep, and it's north facing, so gets iced up quickly. It is just not usable in frosty and snowy conditions. Worse, at least in some places there is a grassy area to the side that can be used to avoid icy hard surfaces. Ridged pavements and/or steps are needed in these locations. The builders of the canals did this on their hump back bridges 250 years ago, why not here and now?Track:
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152977Photo #152977All over Gateshead steep hills deter people from cycling. It would help with cycling's image and take-up if there were signs on key hilly cycling routes saying it's OK to push your bike up the hill!Cycleway:
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152976Photo #152976On hills all over Gateshead, not just West Street, consideration ought to be given to having covered outdoor escalators, like the ones in Hong Kong (“Central-Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system”). After all, they exist inside shopping centres, giving them an unfair advantage. Many people in Gateshead are discouraged from active travel because of the hills, and escalators would help where the disincentive to walk and cycle is at a maximum. They might at least feel more inclined to walk or cycle the other 90% plus of their local travel routes. NB Cycles would be allowed on the pedestrian escalators (unmounted!). Nearer the Tyne, they might be a tourist attraction. Something like Trondheim's Trampe bicycle lift might also be considered in various steeper Gateshead hills.Track:
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152973Photo #152973There is a rough path through the trees caused by people walking and pushing their bikes from the north-south path WH/3/1 behind Pets At Home, eastwards towards the car park access road that leads to the roundabout at the junction of Pinetree Way and Gibside Way. It would help to have a properly surfaced path and cycle way. (Note WH/3/1 runs north from the bend in Longrigg Road, and is to the west of Ikea. gis.gateshead.gov.uk/).Cycleway:
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152972Photo #152972Although the lack of a solution to the muddy and potholed middle of Quality Row Road is allegedly caused by uncertainty over the ownership of that short stretch, it may be possible to build a footpath and cycle path on the grassy area to the west side. This is a key pedestrian and cycle through-route between old Swalwell village and the Clavering Road area, and could be even more so, especially in winter.Track:
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