Press Release: City Deal Urban and Environmental Design Guide sets dangerous examples.

Camcycle completely opposes the adoption by the Greater Cambridge City Deal of the proposed Urban and Environmental Design Guide. Application of the guidance would result in dangerous and unpleasant environments for people.

The suggested options in the guide include entirely discredited and dangerous ideas such as shared use, cycling in bus lanes, inadequate cycle lane width, pavements widths that fail to meet Equality Act guidance and other poor examples such as blocks in the middle of cycleways. We are shocked and appalled that this Guide has been developed without consultation and by an 'expert consultant' who has twice presented dreadful examples to the City Deal Assembly and Board which have been vocally opposed by members of the public.

What kind of vision is this for the City Deal? Shared-use pavement, cars parked on pavements, guard-railing, poor public realm.
What kind of vision is this for the City Deal? Shared-use pavement, cars parked on pavements, guard-railing, poor public realm.

It is abundantly clear that the expenditure on consulting services from Andrew Cameron,  Director of Urban Design at WSP Group has been wasteful and resulted in a design guide that is substandard and unfit for purpose. It includes 'designs' that do not even meet the standards laid down in LTN 1/12 (Local Transport Note about the planning, design and provision of shared use routes for pedestrians and cyclists: Ignorance of these standards are an indication of professional incompetence and show a lack of ambition for Cambridge. The front page of the guide sets the tone for the rest of the document with illegal cycling, shared-use pavements, cars on pavements, and an excellent example of poor urban realm.

There are examples of design guides across the UK and further afield that would be better used in designing safe and efficient infrastructure and provide a better sense of place. We urge the City Deal to aim higher with their design aspirations and to consult with their own experts in the Cycling Projects Team who have presented numerous examples of best practice that could be followed.

Camcycle have now submitted an FOI request to find out how this appalling design guide was able to make it to this stage of the City Deal decision making process.


Smarter Cambridge Transport also call for Design Guide to be more ambitious

Smarter Cambridge Transport endorses the call for the Design Guide to be more ambitious: "We want Cambridge to copy best practice from the most liveable cities in the world, where sustainable and active transport are beautifully-integrated into the natural and built environment. We want the the Design Guide to acknowledge and celebrate the city's heritage, not just in the historic centre, but also in the communities around the city's approach roads. We also want the design process for City Deal schemes to include a multi-disciplinary design panel that can provide expert understanding of mobility, place-making, conservation, ecology, public health, and adaptation to climate change."