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143362Photo #143362Zebra crossing converted to a toucan crossingTrack:
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143361Photo #143361Zebra converted to a toucan crossingTrack:
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124652Photo #124652You simply can’t get cars, cyclists and pedestrians over this historic bridge at the same time. The volume of daily traffic means this bridge needs closed to cars and be a designated safe crossing for pedestrians and bikes.Temporary closure:
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142047Photo #142047You have repainted the cycle lanes here which is a modest start, but the road surface on them is shocking to the point of them being unusable. Potholes and uneven surface all over make these lanes dangerous. This is from Newcastle Bank right to the Red Lion pubCycleway:
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142052Photo #142052You could easily close off a lane either side on this dual carriageway for bus / cycle use only. Other routes for bikes through the Team Valley are painted cycle lanes with real danger from car and lorry door openingsCycleway:
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144773Photo #144773Would be great to have a protected cycleway here to help cyclists moving slowly up the steep hill.Cycleway:
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145622Photo #145622Wider pavement to
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145623Photo #145623Widened pavement to
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150411Photo #150411Whickham Highway from Dunston Bank to Whickham is very dangerous for cyclists, the road is narrow and trees and bushes don’t help visibility. Cars including police cars fly past at great speed 😳 we desperately need a cycle path from Dunston Bank to the lights at bottom of Broom Lane.Cycleway:
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144825Photo #144825When you get to the end of the Felling bypass, it feels counter-intuitive to have to go north in order to continue on towards the Tyne Bridge - I usually hop off the bike and cross the road just before the roundabout, towards the old Davy Roll works, then cycle down the side of the northbound carriageway (on pavement!) to the crossing outside Mecca bingo - better means of crossing the end of the Felling bypass would be great, also to avoid going through any underpass which tend to be a bit grotty and potentially unsafe.Cycleway:
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145312Photo #145312When you are climbing this hill on a bike and traffic comes up the narrow road behind you, you worry they will clip you as they pass.
Make a cycle path.
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132356Photo #132356When cyclist's are waiting to cross Askew road:
1) many people don't realise that they need to request a cycle phase by pressing the button.
2) The cyclist green phase coincides with red directly oncoming traffic but oncoming left turners are still green. Many cyclists at this location want to turn right past Station East to go to the Tyne Bridge. The red phase means buses stop and obscure cyclist visibility of oncoming left turning traffic. Cyclists may understandably assume all oncoming traffic is on red leading to high collision risk.
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149892Photo #149892Wayfinding in this area is really tricky. There are some pleasent off-road routes, but its hard to link them up to get from Pelaw to Monkton. And there are some misleading dead-ends.Cycleway:
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135385Photo #135385Washboard road surface on this uphill corner forces cyclists into middle of road.Cycleway:
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145396Photo #145396Very short existing cycle lane cut short by parking, then feeds onto busy road on the swing bridge. Many many cyclists use this road to get in and out of Newcastle, a dedicated cycle space separate from cars would be preferable.Cycleway:
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141649Photo #141649Very narrow path for pedestrians & nothing to cater for cyclingTrack:
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127413Photo #127413Very narrow footways and people must walk in the road frequently to pass, even without social distancing recommendations.Track:
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145429Photo #145429Very narrow bridge, with very narrow footpath, and lots of traffic, makes this almost impossible for cyclists, especially heading up Chowdene bank. Not sure how it could be fixed without another bridgeCycleway:
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150115Photo #150115Very coarse road surface with many pot holes and gaps. Need a smoother surface. Stop 2 way traffic and replace it with ONE shared muti way traffice with larger cycle lane both side.Cycleway:
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146439Photo #146439Very bumpy track because of tree roots lifting tarmac needs new surface.Cycleway:
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124960Photo #124960Vehicles cutting through residential street at speed in high volumes 24/7, heavy goods vehicles constantly crossing bridge. Dangerous for all residents, cyclists and pedestrians. Closure neededTemporary closure:
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146410Photo #146410Until recently, there was a painted cycle lane N bound on A167. This should be reinstated.Cycleway:
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134550Photo #134550Unsafe crossing the road to get onto Tyne bridgeCycleway:
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150172Photo #150172Unable to cycle pass when it rains. Need to improve the general condition of this section.Cycleway:
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20630Photo #20630Tyne BridgeRoad environment:
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146262Photo #146262Trim the hedges! West side of Fellside Road between the pelican crossings at the Fellsider and Burnthouse Lane could be widened by about 50% if the hedges were trimmed, and that's only one example! Other examples abound, just look for them.Track:
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147711Photo #147711Tree roots make this a difficult ride, especially for kids,Cycleway:
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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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141617Photo #141617Transition to the Newcastle side of the HLB is pretty poor - improved signage should make it clear what side of the bridge you 'should' cycle on to avoid conflict with peds.Cycleway:
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146415Photo #146415Traffic calming and better provision for cyclist needed in both directions.Cycleway:
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146416Photo #146416Traffic calming and a pedestrian crossing needed part way up. Cars race up the bank here.Track:
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132627Photo #132627Too narrow and only a pavement - road too busy and more people will cycle more if visible rather than the path along the riverCycleway:
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132626Photo #132626Too narrow and not a proper cycle way along the Blaydon HighwayCycleway:
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132771Photo #132771Too fast cycles, part of path narrow/overgrown..,...but wider means FASTERCycleway:
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145432Photo #145432To separate cycles from traffic exceeding limit on winding roadCycleway:
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141577Photo #141577This street should be made for residents only why Coatsworth Road is going to be a one way street this is to allow residents to park outside their house and not members of the public that want to use the shops.Temporary closure:
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124434Photo #124434This route made a really great east to west route for walking and cycling when it was temporarily closed. I live next to it and witnessed a huge increase in active travel in that time. When open to motor vehicles it simply isn’t safe for cyclists and pedestrians and almost impossible to safely navigate with a buggy or with any sort of mobility aid. Close it to motor vehicles, open it to pedestrians and cyclists. A cheap and easy solution to increase safety and active travel as well as reducing emissions and making social distancing easier.Temporary closure:
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126172Photo #126172This route made a really great east to west route for walking and cycling when it was temporarily closed. I live next to it and witnessed a huge increase in active travel in that time. When open to motor vehicles it simply isn’t safe for cyclists and pedestrians and almost impossible to safely navigate with a buggy or with any sort of mobility aid. Close it to motor vehicles, open it to pedestrians and cyclists. A cheap and easy solution to increase safety and active travel as well as reducing emissions and making social distancing easier.Temporary closure:
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133715Photo #133715This route made a really great east to west route for walking and cycling when it was temporarily closed. I live next to it and witnessed a huge increase in active travel in that time. When open to motor vehicles it simply isn’t safe for cyclists and pedestrians and almost impossible to safely navigate with a buggy or with any sort of mobility aid. Close it to motor vehicles, open it to pedestrians and cyclists. A cheap and easy solution to increase safety and active travel as well as reducing emissions and making social distancing easier.Temporary closure:
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150235Photo #150235This roundabout is very scary and dangerous for cycling. Cyclists are encouraged by the confusing signs to use the paths and crossings to go around the roundabout. - This is simply discouraging for cycling to work/shops as it makes the cyclists route indirect and takes additional time to navigate. It favours motor vehicles and makes cycling less attractive to children, adults, and the disabled.

Please build a Dutch style roundabout as seen in Cambridge to make the roundabout safer and more accessible for everyone, not just for motor vehicles.
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150234Photo #150234This road is dangerous and difficult to use for cycling to work/shops. Traffic is too fast and there is no protective lane for cycling. The A167 bypass is a main link to the rest of Gateshead, such as the Aldi and other shops. This road is purely design for motor vehicles which discourages cycling since cyclists have to detour through the high street and several crossings just to get to the same destination. Any children can't cycle safely on this road either. It is upsetting to see this concrete structure favour large polluting vehicles, and have little safety or protection for cycling or indeed walking. Maybe the reason some local people drive on this road is because they don't feel safe cycling on this road to get to work. No need to close the entire road, but it should be shared for all road users.Cycleway:
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152018Photo #152018This road could be joined to the Tanfield railway cycle route near Marley Hill using an existing right of way.
Then continue the route to Byermoor and to Burnhopefield through the existing rights of way.
Put up good signage and it can be a useful alternative to the A692 which is very busy and fast and dangerous to cyclists.
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150356Photo #150356This is the easiest route to cycle down to the Tyne Bridge - improve the cycle route hereCycleway:
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146244Photo #146244This is narrow and a well used pavement. Traffic is far too fast and overhanging trees make it difficult to walk along, particularly with children.Track:
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132362Photo #132362This is an extremely narrow shared footpath/ cycleway outside shops. It is barely wide enough for a walkway, let alone a shared use one that forces people to cycle within 3 ft of the shop doorways. Either the pavement needs to be widened or a suitable on road cycle route providedTrack:
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147712Photo #147712This is a very neglected path behind the old Stanley metal yard. Bumpy, broken and a puncture hazard. It could be a smoother and tidier link away from Marconi WayCycleway:
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142045Photo #142045This is a main route by bike to the Team Valley and is 50mph and very dangerous, especially at the Moormill Rd junction. Please consider reducing the speed limit or widening to provide bike priority. The road was resurfaced for Tour of Britain and nothing was done about provision for actual cycling commuters. Alternatively, close Greenford Lane to all motor traffic except access.Cycleway:
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145567Photo #145567This is a great bit of cycle path but can be very dangerous with cars coming from Berwick Road and Gladstone Terrace cutting straight across the cycleway. I have had to slam on my brakes a number of times to avoid a crash here. The give way lines and speed bumps are too far back, and I think cars think they have right of way. I have also been cut off from cars turning left onto these streets from High West Street.Temporary closure:
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142064Photo #142064This is a good route up the hill, but there isn't a good way to get to it from the A184 junction without going on the dual carriageway, and there's nowhere to cross from the East side - needs extra paths and a crossing at the junction perhapsCycleway:
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132971Photo #132971This footpath leads into Chopwell Wood. It is quite narrow and can't be widened, but is often overgrown from hedges on both sides with high nettles and spiny blackthorn and hawthorn. I understand that the responsibility for keeping good access along this path is shared between Gateshead Council and the landowner but this does not seem to be maintained properly. Social distancing makes the problem even worse for walkers and bikers getting in and out of the woods.Cycleway:
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142050Photo #142050This could be a very good route for cycling up the hill away from traffic, but the short path from the bridge to the road is terrible and unpaved. Also has really obstructive barriers / gates on it.Track:
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146628Photo #146628This corner needs to be made safer as it is blind, despite being only about 45 degrees. There are frequent near collisions here, so it needs smoothing out. There is the space to move the path slightly westwards to that it curves rather than having an angle.Cycleway:
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143350Photo #143350There's no provision to cross the road by pedestrians or cyclists to access Gateshead Quays.Track:
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122291Photo #122291There's no provision to cross the A184 dual carriageway on foot or by bike from the south side shared use to access the quieter roads down to the Quayside.Cycleway:
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147470Photo #147470There should be a centre island in the road or a toucan crossing to facilitate safe passage for pedestrians crossing to reach the bus stop. The road is wide enough to accommodate this and it is a dangerous place for children to cross as the visibility in both directions is poor and often obscured by parked cars.Track:
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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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132872Photo #132872There is not enough space for people to enjoy cycling in the park. Its also slightly dangerous when walkers or cyclists do not have the space and time to pass each other perhaps causing a collision. Sometimes you cant see round the path in the park therefore you dont know who or what is coming around the corner.Cycleway:
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151476Photo #151476There is no pavement along the road towards new houses. This is an increasingly used pathway with space along the verge for a path, but no current pathway.Track:
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143351Photo #143351There is no crossing facilities for pedestrians coming up from Riverside Park. Junction is also over-complicated and needs to be simplified. Timings are way off causing long delays for every mode.Track:
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143352Photo #143352There is no crossing facilities for pedestrians coming up from Riverside Park. Junction is also over-complicated and needs to be simplified. Timings are way off causing long delays for every mode.Track:
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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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145301Photo #145301There is already a "cycleway" between High Spen and Greenside but it is both far too narrow to share with pedestrians and the surface is potentially dangerous to cycle on.Cycleway:
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152971Photo #152971There is a wide grass verge along Whickham Highway all the way from the top of Dunston Bank to the top of Knightside Gardens and even part of the way further to Lobley Hill. It would suit having a set-back cycle path.Cycleway:
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145549Photo #145549There is a signposted on-road cycle path on Bensham Road. This is too dangerous for cyclists to use, especially when travelling uphill. There should be a separate segregated cycle provision provided the length of Bensham Road and Lobley Hill Road.Cycleway:
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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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145310Photo #145310There is a big factory here which interrupts the river path for cyclists. To cycle round it you have to go uphill and on roads with heavy goods vehicles as it is an industrial estate. It would be great to have a path on the actual quay, but failing that make an actual cycle path to make the link from Hebburn to Newcastle more straightforward and saferCycleway:
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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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144774Photo #144774There are cycle ways here but lots of large vehicles associated with the businesses routinely park on these, stopping use for cyclists (and pedestrians)Cycleway:
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143363Photo #143363The worst roundabout/junction in Gateshead. No safe crossings at junction for pedestrians or cyclists. Junction should be converted to a simple 4 way traffic junction with pedestrian/cycle crossings on each leg.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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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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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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147866Photo #147866The upgrading of the Derwent walk and joining dirt paths would allow cyclists and walkers to access a lot of areas along the Derwent valley and areas from Whickham upwards without them having to go on main trunk roads like the A694 of the very testing cycle up Whickham bank. A less steep cycle/walking path could be created up the Clockburn lonnen servicing many populated areas.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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152966Photo #152966The short but narrow and steep foot path, which is also used by cyclists, from the east end of Morris Rd NE16 down to the Coalway Lane path is inappropriately aligned. Note that the map, showing a right angled connection of paths, is wrong. You have to go uphill only to go downhill very steeply and dangerously (plus the kerb at the far end of Morris Road is not dropped for cyclists. The path could be realigned so that it is level, it's a question of connecting to the Coalway Lane path at the same level as Morris Road, and having some room for people to do the sharp turn if going west ot north or v.v. Separately, have some steps for pedestrians which would effectively cut off the corner for those coming from Morris Road and want to head north, i.e. downhill. Too many people attempt to slide down the grass and an accident and injury is inevitable. Obviously leave the path in front of the last two houses on Morris Rd.Cycleway:
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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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146679Photo #146679The shared pedestrian/cycle path over the Redhuegh Bridge is about 1.75m wide - it's difficult for two cyclists to pass, and not great for pedestrians as some of the cyclists don't really respect them. I realise that it would be very difficult - but perhaps (given the proposals at Askew Road) one of the four lanes of traffic on the bridge could be given over to cyclists - to avoid traffic congestion perhaps one coming out of Newcastle?Cycleway:
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146173Photo #146173The shared pedestrian/cycle path is too narrow.Cycleway:
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134256Photo #134256The shared footway/cycleway is too narrow for normal use, never mind social distancing. Close the cental carriageway to buses and taxis - it's one-way only so much use to them - and convert it to a two-way cycle route, but maintaining access for emergency vehicles. Make the footways one-way to help social distancing.Cycleway:
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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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152967Photo #152967The roundabout in the middle of Kingsway is a menace to all road users including trucks and cars. It reduces visibility and prevents decent cycle lanes or paths being put in place. There are no safe and decent facilities for pedestrians to cross, despite there being cafes etc. nearby. It needs reducing in size or more probably replacing with traffic lights (which would also have pedestrian and cyclist-specific controls and phases).Cycleway:
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145666Photo #145666The road width has recently been NARROWED for cyclists by Gateshead Council. A proper separate space for cyclists needs to created at the light controlled junction.
There is not enough space for cycles and the many hgvs which use this road to pass each other safely.
When access was made from the new Fairfields Manor building site directly onto the A695, the laned off margin used by cyclists at each side of the road was removed at the traffic light section.
There is nowhere for cyclists using the A695 to escape if sqeezed out by cars, vans and HGVs.
A kerb has been added preventing cyclists escaping onto the grass verge in emergencies.
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145398Photo #145398The road here is open to buses only while cyclists are forced onto a very busy multi use pavement on the side of the river. This pavement would be much safer and more enjoyable to use for all if cyclists were moved onto the bus only road. To my knowledge only 2 bus routes actually access this very quiet road so it could be shared safely.Temporary closure:
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132957Photo #132957The road between Winlaton and Barlow is extremely dangerous with drivers speeding and overtaking. There are so many pedestrians using this road so it would be fantastic if a pavement could be added. The current pavement stops just after the Hanover estate. My son would love to walk home from school but until the road is paved, he can't.
During lockdown, there are lots more people walking along this road and it's it a matter of time before there's an accident.
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145380Photo #145380The road becomes extremely narrow and hazardous for cyclists. A cycle lane or dedicated cycle/footpath would really help along the whole of Whickham Highway.Cycleway:
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150497Photo #150497The problem is Gateshead Council's hasty ill thought out decision to make a major commuting road into a cycle only lane (Askew Road). This has caused a great deal of stress for the residents of Ochre Yards who find it difficult to leave and enter their estate. Gateshead Council should reverse all works done that started since late July 2020.Temporary closure:
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143359Photo #143359The pavement/cycleway is too narrowTrack:
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144851Photo #144851The pavement is very rough and narrow with a large number of obstacles to be negociated, cutting the trees/hedges back and resurfacing would make a massive improvementCycleway:
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145333Photo #145333The pavement is very narrow. The road is also narrow with 2 blind corners and a summit so it is dangerous to step onto the road, or cycle uphill. At the very least please cut back the nettles immediately as there is currently less than 2 feet width.Track:
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146218Photo #146218The pavement is far too narrow here and used largely by families going to the park. Wider pavements would make it much safer for families with children.Track:
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133029Photo #133029The pavement by Express Stitch is very narrow so cycling up towards Whitehall Road keeping to the left of the road means you almost touch pedestrians walking in the other direction.Track:
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132961Photo #132961The path is narrow with over growing vegetation. Added to this the cars do not obey the speed limit, which adds to the level of danger cycling up from the Derwent Walk up Clockburn Lonnen.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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71020Photo #71020The off-ramp from the Bowes Railway Path to Newcastle Bank.Route sign:
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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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132359Photo #132359The kerbed cycle entrance on to this roundabout heading Southbound from West St to High West Street has several problems:
1. it is dangerously narrow with high kerbs
2. It forces riders in to a road position to turn in to Jackson St when most users are heading S to High West Street.
3. The road position at the cycle exit is not the expected position for drivers on Jackson Street to look for giving way.

The kerbs should be removed.
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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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147707Photo #147707The cycle way from St James Road along Park Lane is too small minimal width and there is no crossing linking to Tyne Bridge we need a safer wider cycle way and a crossing point with a link to the Tyne Bridge.Cycleway:
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146624Photo #146624The cycle and pedestrian route needs straightening here, by filling in the river inlet, to reduce the risk of collisions caused by the blind corners.Cycleway:
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147945Photo #147945The current cycle ways (on both sides of the road) have just taken space from the existing road. This means that the road (as marked on both sides) is now too narrow for a car. This leads to very close passes when a car overtakes a cyclist (a particular problem southbound going uphill) when they don’t realise that they have to straddle the centre line to safely pass, and even closer passes if a car is coming the opposite direction. Please either get rid of the cycle lanes, or get rid of the middle line, so that car drivers aren’t lulled into a false sense of security.Cycleway:
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