Weekly Update – 11 November

Brrr it's cold out there! But that won't stop us from cycling, or campaigning. We've been busy this week! We have officially moved into our new offices at The Bike Depot on Cowley Road and we will soon have space for volunteers to come and help out. We are finalising our first ever greeting cards in time for Christmas and the finishing touches are being made to our plans for the AGM (6 December). Our student team from Cambridge Hub have also been gathering your views for their membership survey. If you haven't already, please participate.

We're thinking of starting a 'photo of the week' for our weekly updates to celebrate the cycling culture in Cambridge. Let us know what you think of the idea or send us your photos. (This week we have 'Autumn shades by Parkers Piece' by Roxanne De Beaux)


In our update this week:

  • Cambridge to have the first Dutch-style roundabout in the UK
  • Approval of cycling schemes for Huntingdon Road, A10 Harston and Trumpington Road
  • AGM speaker announced – Brian Deegan "Going Dutch in London"
  • Help set the direction of cycling campaigning in Cambridge
  • Cyclenation campaigners' conference 19 November in St Albans
  • Celebrate a great year of campaigning at our 'Seasonal Social'
  • Ways you can help us
  • Events
  • In the news

By the way – Can you join our new Treasury team? See below.

Cambridge to have the first Dutch-style roundabout in the UK

We spoke at the Economy and Environment Committee meeting yesterday to support the proposals for the Dutch-style roundabout on Queen Edith's Way. It was unanimously agreed to move forward with the proposed roundabout. This is a very exciting moment for Cambridge and the UK and represents a step-change in the standard of cycling infrastructure. 

Members also voted that the problematic cycleway design along Queen Edith's Way, which involves too little segregation, be taken back for further work. We agree with this decision.

More on Cyclescape: http://camcycle.cyclescape.org/threads/1361


Approval of cycling schemes on Huntingdon Road, A10 Harston and Trumpington Road

Also approved by the Economy and Environment Committee:

Huntingdon Road: Phase 2 of the Huntingdon Road scheme, with a cycle lane in the door-zone of parked cars will go ahead.
We spoke to urge councillors and officers to bring protected cycle lanes back into consideration and we are very disappointed that this scheme puts cyclists right in the dooring zone when other schemes approved at the very same meeting are removing such lanes due to the danger they present. This scheme lacks the ambition we expect for Cambridge cycling infrastructure.
A10 Harston: This route was approved in short order. Another positive link for the A10 cycling route.
Trumpington Road: we made the point that the most difficult part of this route is the junction with Brooklands Ave and we are concerned that this is not being tackled by the scheme. Keeping the car parking means that there isn't enough room for a properly separated cycle lane and shared-use paths are not 'best practice'. However, the existing conditions are so horrible that this scheme will represent a significant improvement and has merit on that accord. We will continue to exert pressure for improvements to the junction.

AGM speaker announced – Brian Deegan "Going Dutch in London"

Make sure you lock 6 December into your diary for our AGM. This year our speaker will be Brian Deegan, Principal Technical Specialist from Transport for London. Deegan is an engaging and entertaining speaker with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

While working for Transport for London and the London Borough of Camden, Deegan became well known as an engineer who understood cycling and who challenged pre-conceptions of street design to create safe space for cycling. He has been a driving force behind London "going Dutch", ensuring quality delivery of the Mayor’s Vision for cycling programme with projects such as the Cycle Super Highways, Mini-Hollands, Quietways and much more. He was also one of the lead authors of the London Cycling Design Standards.

Deegan will take us through the journey of getting community and political buy-in for “going Dutch” and how these schemes get to implementation.

6 December, 7.15pm for 8pm start, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane.


Help set the direction of cycling campaigning in Cambridge

Nominations are now open to join the board of trustees.

Could you be our Press officer? Or perhaps our Social Media officer? Maybe cycling policy is your thing? There are plenty of ways that you can help lead our Campaign. Trustees will receive training, attend an induction and planning day and have the ongoing support of our paid officer.

We have progressed leaps and bounds in 2016. We made further improvements to our new membership management system and implemented a new market-leading, easy-to-use accounting system. We refreshed our branding to be more inclusive and we moved into an office that volunteers are welcome to work in. We've set our strategy and budget for the coming years and are building a plan on how to achieve it. It is an exciting time to be involved in the Campaign.

You can find out more about the trustee opportunities online but please don't hesitate to send an email if you would like to discuss this further.

If being a trustee isn't for you, but you would still like to be involved then perhaps participating in one of our dedicated working groups will be of interest. We will be organising these more formally in 2017 to make it easier for volunteers to participate.


Cyclenation/Cycling UK annual campaigner's conference

This year's joint Cyclenation-CyclingUK conference will be hosted by St Albans Cycle Campaign on Saturday 19 November. More information and tickets (£15/£10) available online.


Please share your views on Camcycle membership

Please reply to this email if you can participate in a focus group or interview.

The Cyclescape discussion is here: http://camcycle.cyclescape.org/threads/2809

You can access the online survey here (Closes 15 November): http://tinyurl.com/camcyclesurvey

Please share the survey throughout your networks to help us get a broad range of participants.



We're looking for volunteers to help with the following activities. Please get in touch to find out more.

  • Someone with legal experience to help us write a legally correct letter to the Board of Directors of Revolution telling them about the legal & fiscal liability they may end up in if there is an accident at the Downing St site due to their illegal and dangerous blocking of the cycle lane. https://camcycle.cyclescape.org/threads/2800
  • Newsletter Layout. Work with our fantastic editing team to maintain our high-quality publication.
  • We are always happy to receive beautiful photos of cycling in Cambridge to use for the Newsletter cover and promotional materials. Full credit given.
  • Join the planning team for the 2017 Reach Ride event.
  • Join our Board of Trustees. Nominations close on the 21st of November. You can find out more online.


Upcoming events

See our campaign diary online.

19 November: Cyclenation/Cycling UK Annual Campaigners Conference – http://www.cyclinguk.org/blog/samjones/national-campaign-conference-comes-st-albans

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

29 November: The Big Give Christmas Challenge – Donate to Camcycle with the Christmas Challenge and have your donation doubled! Details announced soon. 

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.