Not everything is black and white in road safety

The artist’s goal is to use the visual impact of the crosswalk to improve both driver and pedestrian focus, thus enhancing respect for pedestrian safety. Perhaps, his zany designs will also encourage more people to leave their cars at home and tour their city by foot.
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Protect our public parks

In just a few days over 140,000 people have signed the petition asking for our parks and cherished green spaces to be properly protected by the government.

The group of MPs tasked with protecting our parks want to hear what the public thinks – but the deadline to have our say is next Friday.

Please will you share the petition with your friends, family and colleagues to help make the petition as big as possible before then? The more of us that sign, the stronger our message will be: parks are for everyone, don’t let them be sold off, or shut down.

To sign the petition visit https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/1355?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=blast2016-09-21

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Halti Harvest Sat 17th Sept

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Apologies for the link only – please open to see the event details.

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And what is more………

West Midlands Police to use cycling officer to target close-passing motorists – for more info see http://road.cc/content/news/204164-west-midlands-police-use-cycling-officer-target-close-passing-motorists.

The move comes following analysis of road traffic collisions (RTCs) which has resulted in the force concluding that prosecution is the only way to encourage drivers to be more aware of vulnerable road users.

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At last! A strong message to motorists to pass cyclists safely.

http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/close-pass-motorists-can-expect-prosecution-not-enforcement-say-cops/020060

Lots of good wording except for use of ‘pavement’ instead of ‘footway’.

 

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Apple Day Oct 8th

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Apples and bottles wanted for Apple Day , Oct 8th

This day is an annual event at the Farmers Market. Every year TT are invited to participate and we hold an apple pressing stall. Some of the juice produced is given away to shoppers and the surplus ( if any! ) bottled to drink later.

This year we intend holding the stall again – so please start collecting your surplus apples and empty plastic bottles to put the juice in. Windfalls are welcomed – any variety – cookers and eaters – as they will be mixed and crushed together. Bring your windfalls and turn them into delcious juice!

Volunteers to help on the day are also needed. Please contact  Sue if you can help. Email : info@transitiontynedale.org

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Tynedale Fruit Map

For fruit foragers – the Tynedale Fruit Map !

2016 promises yet again to be a bumper year for fruit and yet again a lot of this will not be harvested and go to waste unless picked and processed. To encourage people to find and harvest the fruit trees we are planning to map the location of all fruit trees on public land, beside roads etc – anywhere that people are welcome to collect free fruit.

Do you know of any ‘wild’ trees or trees on public land that are freely accessible? If so please send details of the type of fruit and location and we will enter it on a google map for all to see. Fruit can include apples and pears, crabapples, damsons, sloes etc but not blackberries, mushrooms etc .

Please send info to : suehick3@gmail.com or a member of the Edible Hexham group

Many thanks and happy foraging !

 

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Community garden clearup

Sat 17th Sept :   HMS community garden Big Autumn Clear Upf643b1e07496f8f6cbdc8a989e5cc86f     10.30 – 4pm

     Please come and help harvest produce and tidy up for early Autumn . Jobs include :
      – : Harvesting the last potatoes
           Tidying the herbaceous border
            Preparing a new area for 2017 ( previously asparagus )
            Pruning fruit bushes
            Cutting the hedge ( if not done by the school )
           – Any others that need doing !
Something for everyone including children !  Please come for as long as you can and bring a packed lunch . Tea and cakes provided in the afternoon.  All welcome.
If you have not been before this is an opportunity to see what has been happening all year, get involved, introduce friends etc.And have fun doing it !
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Investing in cycling nationally

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) held its latest inquiry into England’s first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) earlier this week as Cycling UK’s #morethanmilk action scored a result with over 50 MPs writing a letter to The Times backing Cycling UK’s five key asks.

Government funding for cycling is set to fall to 72p per head (the equivalent of just two pints of milk) for residents in England outside of London by 2020/21, compared to funding of £86 per head for motorways and major roads (equivalent to a magnum of champagne per person!). Since the launch of #morethanmilk over 1,800 emails have been sent to MPs in England, asking them to support a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP. One of Cycling UK’s members wrote: “We used to ride on the left of the road. Now we ride on what’s left of the road.”

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Annual seed and plant swop stall

As part of our aim of encouraging local food production we are holding our annual plant swop stall at the Farmers market this year on

Saturday 14th May  9am – 2pm  

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This year we are teaming up with the North Pennines AONB and featuring not only the usual edible plants but also those which are attractive to bees, moths, butterflies and other pollinators.

Gardeners – don’t throw away all those surplus tomato seedlings – swop them for another variety or try something completely different ! Please bring any spare veg, fruit or flower seedlings to the stall to swop. Trees and wildflowers also welcome –it’s surprising what turns up !

2016 is United Nations International Year of the Pulse.  We are particularly keen on having plants and seeds of these to swap and we will have seeds available.

If you have nothing to swop but want advice and plants to start growing your own – this is the place to come !

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