Washington Cycle Campaign Group


I am in the process of establishing a cycle campaign group for the town of Washington (Tyne and Wear, UK).

Washington is a town of about 60,000 residents within NE England, the UK base of the Nissan car company, and ancestral home of George Washington. The River Wear forms a southerly boundary to the town, with Sunderland to the east, Chester-le-Street to the west and Gateshead/Newcastle to the north. Washington comes under the administrative control of Sunderland City Council. Greatly expanded as a "new town" in the 60s and 70s, Washington was laid out as a series of villages, with a mix of private and public residential accommodation, two shopping centres, and a number of industrial estates. The planners were able to incorporate large areas of  parkland between the villages, while there has been extensive tree planting, factors that help make this an attractive place to live.  Washington has a  good road system comprising fast dual carriageways, while pedestrians are well catered for by a large network of traffic free footpaths. Other than the Coast to Coast national cycle route that passes through the town, there is no specific provision for cyclists. The town is relatively flat and compact, if appropriate facilities were to be provided, cycling could play a very useful local transport role.

I see that the aims of the group would include: -


The methods of meeting our objectives would include: -


If you would like to get involved please contact me