North Tyneside’s new cycle tracks have won a prestigious award from the Chartered Institute of Highways & Transportation (CIHT).
The Broadway cycling and walking improvements scheme in Tynemouth, which was delivered by North Tyneside Council through its technical services partner Capita, won the Sustainable Transport Project award for 2017 at the CIHT North East & Cumbria Dinner this month in Newcastle, presented by CIHT President Andreas Markides.
The route, which also features a number of raised junctions to assist pedestrians, was designed and installed by Capita, with support from Sustrans North East’s Design team.
The CIHT North East and Cumbria Annual Awards celebrate the very best projects and people working in the region across the highways and transportation sector. The Sustainable Project Award is awarded to those projects, products, research or policy initiatives delivered by the highways and transportation sector, that demonstrate a positive contribution to sustainable working and living in the North East & Cumbria, or by those working in the region.
Cllr John Harrison, North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member for Housing and Transport, said:
“We are delighted that the Broadway cycling and walking improvements scheme has been chosen for this award.
“We want to make it easier for people to cycle and walk to school, to work and to the shops as a healthy and sustainable way of getting around.
“Cycling in North Tyneside has trebled in 10 years and in our new Transport Strategy we commit to encouraging a shift to more sustainable modes of transport by giving them greater priority in design.”
David Wall, Associate Director for Capita’s Real Estate and Infrastructure division, said:
“This award is excellent recognition for all those involved in the project.
“More people in North Tyneside are cycling and a contributory factor is the borough’s extensive network of public rights of way and of traffic-free paths.
“Capita is committed to helping North Tyneside Council and its partners further improve cycling infrastructure and create a real network of cycle/walking routes connecting North Tyneside with the region and beyond.”
A survey in early summer 2017 showed that the Broadway cycle tracks were used for more than 150 cycling trips per day.
The 1.8 metre wide cycle tracks, which are around 400m long, separate people on bikes from vehicles on a busy section of the A193 Broadway, which has no residential service roads and previously had no dedicated cycling infrastructure. They connect Tynemouth Village to the Coast Road corridor and provide a link in journeys to the Metro station and local schools.
Senior Engineer, Tim Pheby, who accepted the award on behalf of Sustrans, said:
“It’s fantastic to get recognition for this scheme, which has the potential to change how people travel locally. By helping creating well-designed walking and cycle routes we hope more people will choose transport options which are healthier for them and the environment.”
Cycle track users have priority over traffic at side roads, as the give way lines have been set back on the speed table crossings - the raised tables also make it easier to cross side roads on foot. At bus stops, the cycle track bypasses the shelters, enabling riders to carry on their journey without being held up by a bus or mixing with traffic when overtaking one.
The cycling and walking improvements scheme was part of the Department for Transport’s Cycle Safety Fund programme, aimed at making busy roads and junctions safer for people of all ages to cycle. This fund was administered by Sustrans.