We strongly support the principles of changes to Hills Road and Huntingdon Road to incorporate segregated cycle lanes. We think the proposals represent a step-change in approaching cycle infrastructure in Cambridge, and a necessary start to tackling the barrier that main roads pose to increased and safe cycling. The goal of increased cycling is necessary to relieve pressure on transport infrastructure by encouraging space-efficient, healthy and environmentally-friendly travel. We commend the officers on the work put into the proposals, and look forward to more high-quality, segregated schemes as part of the Cambridge City Deal.
However, we also view the proposals as a first step. The success of the aim to get more people cycling, particularly those are not confident among traffic, will be dependent on the junctions which connect routes, and those are not within the scope of the plans. Future changes must focus on the following junctions:
- Huntingdon Road and Victoria Road
- Huntingdon Road and Lawrence Weaver
- Hills Road and Long Road
Huntingdon Road will be incomplete until it has an outbound cycle lane of the same high quality proposed for the inbound lane. We recognise that resource to upgrade these junctions is likely to be easier to achieve following implementation of the segregated facility. The County must make a clear statement of intention to improve the junctions in future.
Our full response is here.