Weekly Update – 21 October

In this week's update: Another hurdle for the Chisholm Trail, a great video about Cambridge's propensity to cycle and don't forget your cycling jacket submissions for our next edition of 'Camcycle'. We also have several upcoming events as well as some volunteering opportunities, from one-off help for the AGM, to a larger project like planning the Reach Ride.

Yet another hurdle for the Chisholm Trail

Prior to a formal planning meeting, the City Council will hold a 'Development Control Forum' on Wednesday (26 Oct) to discuss "Chisholm Trail (phase one)". This follows the submission of a petition and 71-page objection letter by 'Friends of Coldhams Common'. In response, we submitted a counter-petition which gives us the right to speak.

This is a public meeting and will be held in the Guildhall at 10am. We need support to ensure that Councillors have continued confidence in this project and are not deflected by a small but determined group who believe there is no justification for either the bridge or the route. If you can attend, we encourage you to do so.

The meeting agenda is on the City Council website. You can also help us prepare our presentation for the meeting by contributing on Cyclescape.


Must watch – Cambridge propensity to cycle

Don't miss this excellent presentation by Dr Rachel Aldred, Reader in Transport at Westminster University, exploring cycling's potential within Cambridgeshire given at the recent Rebooting the City Deal event. (length: 15 mins)


This Tuesday – Down Right Kenya (Free event)

6 months, 6000 miles, 22 countries, 1 pair of wellies, 1 pair of flip flops…

Join Xina Moss, a former Outspoken Courier, as she shares the tale about her – and others' – unsupported cycle to Kenya a few years ago. This Tuesday 25 October, 6pm – 7ish, Wolfson Hall, Churchill College (ask the Porters). Children welcome.

Don't forget these consultations:

Tavistock Place (London) cycle lanes (Closes 21 October)


Your thoughts about cycling jackets

Following the success of our cycle lights special, in the forthcoming edition of 'Camcycle' we're sharing our members' views on the best (and worst) cycling jackets. There is a certain chill in the air and your advice on how to stay warm is welcome. Please send your responses to this email.

Is there a cycling issue that is bothering you or is there something you wish to celebrate? Please write about it for our newsletter.

Newsletter copy deadline: 30 October


Space for Cycling Roadshow visits Cambridge

Don't forget the Space for Cycling roadshow on Saturday the 22 October. Please ensure you register your interest if you plan to attend.



We've seen some great updates to our newsletter over the last few months, but unfortunately one of our layout volunteers is leaving Cambridge. We are now looking for a new volunteer to help with the newsletter for every second edition (3 per year). Do you have the skills to help?

We are also seeking volunteers to help with the tea & coffee set up for the AGM. Please get in touch if you can help.

We have now received funding for the 2017 Reach Ride event. Would you like to be a part of the planning committee for our most famous annual event? Please get in touch or join the Reach Ride discussion on Cyclescape.

Have you thought about joining our Board of Trustees. Nominations close on the 21 November. You can find out more online.


Upcoming events

See our campaign diary online.

22 October: Space for Cycling Roadshow  – Cambridge

26 October: Chisholm Trail debate at the Joint Development Control Committee

28 October: Cam Ride Home – Follow #camridehome on Twitter for more details. October will be a Halloween theme.

1 November: Monthly Camcycle Meeting

25 November: Cam Ride Home – Follow #camridehome on Twitter for more details. 

6 December: Annual General Meeting


In the News

Don't forget to read this week’s 'Life in the cycling lane' written by our Chair, Robin Heydon for Cambridge News.


Using Cyclescape

If you are having issues accessing the Cyclescape discussions please see the guidance here. Existing Camcycle members will need to register for Cyclescape the first time they use it.


New mailing address

We have changed our mailing address. Please ensure you update your records and address books. The new address is:

Camcycle, Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0DL