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Let's rescue Britain's forgotten 1930s protected cycleways

A project in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK by Carlton Reid

Status: Active

We should revive Britain's long-lost 1930s cycleways (there were 280-miles of them). Many were buried, some are hidden in plain sight.
Backers: 878
Average Daily Pledges: £787
Average Pledge Per Backer: £26

Funding: £22,815 of £7,000
Dates: Apr 25th -> May 25th (30 days)
Project By: Carlton Reid
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Latest News

Could this "crap" cycle lane be a remnant of a long-lost 1930s-era cycleway?

May 19th - via:
  Claremont Road in my home town of Newcastle upon Tyne has this strange and very short remnant of something or other. It's not marked on the ground as a cycleway, and nor is it marked on OpenCycleMap, but if it's not a cycleway what is it? I've... (Read More)

This 1934 photo of Holland inspired the UK's Ministry of Transport to "Go Dutch"

May 17th - via:
  Days after this photograph of the Amsterdam–Haarlem Road appeared in The Times of London in February 1934 the Ministry of Transport’s chief engineer, Colonel Bressey, contacted the director of the Dutch infrastructure ministry to ask him... (Read More)

A purdah promise to project backers

May 17th - via:
A journalist has been in touch asking to set up for an interview for next Thursday, this project's deadline day. I thought I'd share my reply: I’ll be happy to talk generally, and can certainly discuss the total raised, but from 8.07am next... (Read More)

Quietway, 1935

May 13th - via:
This campaign isn't just crowd-funded it's also crowd-guided. We've been sent other locations to check out on Google Street View – could these be added to the 80 or so we had already located? Yes, and the map now has more than 90 locations where... (Read More)

Cycleways were built for workers in the 1930s, roads were for rich motorists

May 12th - via:
Why did the Ministry of Transport build hundreds of miles of (now forgotten) cycleways? Partly it was out of concern – the death rate on the roads was hideous at the time – but it was also because planners and politicians wanted roads cleared of... (Read More)

Radio 4 You and Yours

May 11th - via:
There will be a seven minute feature on this campaign starting now ... And it'll be available as a podcast later.  (Read More)

Britain’s hidden bike highways are being rediscovered and resurrected on Kickstarter

May 11th - via:
The campaign seeks to identify and recover relics of a national network of cycle tracks from the ‘30s (Read More)

Transport experts tripped up by flipped "Dutch" image of 1930s British cycleway

May 10th - via:
Flipped image of Lostock Road, Manchester, mid-1930s   The main image for this Kickstarter campaign is of a young woman riding along a mid-1930s residential cycleway in Manchester. During a talk I gave to a bunch of transport cycling experts a... (Read More)

2nd stretch goal reached triggering launch of cycling-history podcast

May 9th - via:
Thanks to all those who've backed this project. You'll be getting digital updates of our work, and these will now include audio updates, too. You'll get premium-level access to a new cycling-themed history podcast. (not to be... (Read More)

Cycleways campaign makes the BBC news!

May 8th - via:
Technology reporter Chris Baraniuk has posted a story about this campaign on the BBC website. Thanks to this press release, it's possible that more media coverage could be on the way. Cheers. Carlton  (Read More)

How I used Google Streetview to find Britain's 1930s-era cycleways

May 8th - via:
Some of the 1930s-era cycleways identified by this project are either fully or partially buried, and it'll take time, money and effort to bring them back to life. Others are hidden-in-plain-sight – they've been wide and often kerb-protected since... (Read More)

Kickstarter Live can now be, er, kicked off

May 6th - via:
349 wonderful people have now pledged over £10,000 so that means the first stretch level has been reached, activating the Kickstarter Live sessions. Backers will get notification when these sessions – featuring both of us – will be... (Read More)

Please help us get out the message: Now is not the end, it's just the start

May 3rd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

THEN & NOW: the importance of period photographs

May 1st - via:
The long and impressive 9-ft-wide protected cycleways both sides of Durham Road in Sunderland have been that long and impressive since the 1930s. As can be seen in our campaign video, the cycleway offers protection on a roundabout and – as Mark... (Read More)

1940s protected British roundabout

April 29th - via:
As this Kickstarter project shows, Britain had at least 280 miles of separated cycleways by 1940. According to Design & Layout of Roads in Built-up Areas of 1946, a style-guide from the Ministry of War Transport, this provision included the sort... (Read More)

Project is go!

April 28th - via:
Thanks to all those who have backed this project, it has met its Kickstarter target of £7,000. This is wonderful news and means that, at the end of the campaign, we can hit the ground cycling.  However, after the euphoria wears off, it's important... (Read More)

“Give me the Kingston By-Pass on a Saturday afternoon"

April 27th - via:
  “Give me the Kingston By-Pass on a Saturday afternoon,” sang Noël Coward in 1952. It’s clearly not one of his best songs, but it shows how Brits were terribly excited by the modernity exemplified by these new arterials. In fact, the... (Read More)

This is a "tremendously worthwhile project" says CEO of London Cycling Campaign

April 25th - via:
“When we ran our Love London, Go Dutch campaign in 2012 we thought we had won something new with the continental-style cycle lanes now appearing across London," emails London Cycling Campaign CEO Dr Ashok Sinha. "Carlton Reid and John Dales have... (Read More)

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