Category Archives: Children

Big Pedal 2016 – Week 1 Update

Well done to Brunton First School, current leader of the Big Pedal 2016 challenge in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a Week 1 average of 65% of pupils scooting or cycling to school - and having the highest daily score so far of 72.4% on Friday 22 April. Overall, Gosforth schools are dominating the table taking 6 out of the top 8 places and representing half of all 18 schools in Newcastle that are registered to take part. This is the current table for Newcastle, with Gosforth schools shaded green. Read more [...]

The Big Pedal 2016

The Big Pedal is back - the annual schools competition to get the greatest proportion of pupils scooting or cycling to school. Running between Monday 18 April and Friday 29 April, any schools where more than 15% of school pupils scoot or cycle will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards including bike and scooter stunt shows, equipment and storage. 15% is roughly equivalent to 5 pupils in a class of 30. Most schools in Gosforth will be taking part, and at SPACE for Gosforth we Read more [...]

“We feel unsafe”

SPACE for Gosforth is privileged to have permission from Archibald First School to publish an e-mail recently sent to parents. Children at Archibald First School asked the school to e-mail parents about their experience of travelling to school.  Their school supported them, but the letter is the children's own work and not something created as part of their lessons. These are those children's words.     Read more [...]

1000 Speeding Drivers – A typical day on Gosforth’s back streets

Even at 20mph 17% of adults are killed or seriously injured when hit by a car. For children or older residents the figures will be worse. Why then do so many ignore the 20mph speed limits in place throughout Gosforth’s back streets? Walking to school should not be an extreme sport. This is the story of three of Gosforth’s back streets. One has a low volume of traffic mostly driving within the speed limit, somewhere we all might like to live and where children might reasonably be left to play Read more [...]

Lots of children want to cycle to school, but hardly any do. How do we make space for child cycling in Gosforth?

Imagine you are a child waking up on Boxing Day in Gosforth - yesterday you received the most wonderful Christmas present, a beautiful, shiny new bicycle.  In your head, you are Sir Bradley Wiggins setting the hour record or Lizzie Armistead winning the rainbow jersey.  But there is one problem.  Where is there space in Gosforth for a child to ride? A generation ago it was a common sight to see children riding in the street - and many parents are still nostalgic about riding their Read more [...]

Broadway to Brunton Lane | Consultation Review

Judging by the 78 responses to the ‘Broadway to Brunton Lane’ consultation most people agree with the aims of the scheme, not least the prospect of a cycle lane safe for children to use, though there are a few details to work through. This is a summary of what people said. As we said in our previous article here the current road layout is poor for those walking and cycling. Comments reflected this. “I don't think most people realise just what an awful road this is now if you are Read more [...]