We have another bumper issue of our weekly update this week, there is a lot happening in Cambridge at the moment both in campaigning and preparing to celebrate the festive season. As always, if you can spare some time to help then please get in touch.
Today we delivered 20 years of archives to our new Camcycle office at the Bike Depot on Cowley Road. It's been fun looking back over years of newsletters and seeing how the Campaign has developed. It has also been disappointing to see how many issues we are still writing about due to lack of improvement. Thank you to the volunteers who have been storing these archives in their homes, and to all those who have donated time and furniture to get our office set up.
In our update this week:
- Photo of the week
- Winter gritting routes
- Our detailed review of the 'Greenways' proposals
- Gates or bollards in Petersfield
- Consultations we are working on
- We're updating our Cycle Parking Guide
- AGM reminder
- Nominations for board of trustees close 21 November
- Celebrate a great year of campaigning at our seasonal social
- Cyclenation/Cycling UK annual campaigner's conference
- Ways you can help us
- In the news
Photo of the week
This week we have a great submission from member Anna Langley with "Lady with the blue bag on Bridge Street".
If you would like to share a beautiful photo that showcases the cycling culture in Cambridge then please email to us.
Winter gritting routes
The County Council has published their cycle and walking routes for winter gritting. Share your thoughts about the routes on Cyclescape 2826.
Our detailed review of the 'Greenways' proposals
A number of members have reviewed and discussed the Greenways proposals. Read our report online on our blog and share your feedback on Cyclescape 2793
Gates or bollards in Petersfield
We are working on our proposal for removing the permeability gate between Hooper Street and Kingston Street (and identifying other locations). This type of gate is obstructive as it allows passage in only one direction at a time.
Given the ever-increasing amount of cycling in areas like this, we think it's time to replace these gates with simple bollard arrangements that would allow two-way passage whilst still enabling the emergency services to unlock for access in an emergency.
We have identified a source of funding for these changes but require help to prepare our proposal. Cyclescape 2812
Consultations we are working on
There are many planning applications and consultations at the moment, further details and discussion are on Cyclescape.
- The outline planning application for the Ridgeons Site on Cromwell Road in Romsey has been released. There are proposals for 245 dwellings and a through route for the Chisholm Trail. Cyclescape 2819
- The City Council is consulting on proposals for refurbishment of the corner of Mill Road and Cavendish Road including an increase in cycle parking. Please respond to the Council survey online. Cyclescape 2818
- New proposals for the Ida Darwin Site: Cyclescape 857
- Improvements proposed for cycle access at Addenbrookes (Red Cross Lane): Cyclescape 420
- Poor cycle parking provision at 48 New Square CB1 1EZ development: Cyclescape 2822
- Poor cycle parking provision on Norfolk Street development. We plan to object. Cyclescape 2821
- We're reviewing the updated drawings for Murdoch House redevelopment in CB1 (Station Square) following our meeting with the developers. Cyclescape 2207
We're updating our Cycle Parking Guide
With the growth in cargo, child-carrying, adapted and electric cycles, the parking needs of Cambridge cyclists are changing. We've identified that our Cycle Parking Guide needs to be updated to reflect these changing needs. Please have a look at the current version online and let us know what you think needs to be updated. Cyclescape 2825
Don't forget our upcoming AGM. This year our speaker will be Brian Deegan, Principal Technical Specialist from Transport for London.
6 December, 7.15pm for 8pm start, Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane.
Nominations for board of trustees close 21 November
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.
Celebrate a great year of campaigning at our seasonal
Our next social event will be 19 December from 6.30pm at Thirsty (46 Chesterton Road). Find out more and RSVP on our blog.
Cyclenation/Cycling UK annual campaigner's conference
We're looking for volunteers to help with the following activities. Please get in touch to find out more.
- Help us with our stall bike event at the Mill Road Winter Fair. If you are attending the fair why not help out for an hour or so at our stall. It is a positive day where you get to speak with others who are passionate about cycling. Reply to this email or on Cyclescape 2733.
- Join our Board of Trustees. Nominations close on the 21st of November. You can find out more online.
- Newsletter Layout. Work with our fantastic editing team to maintain our high-quality publication.
- Join the planning team for the 2017 Reach Ride event. Cyclescape 2718
See our campaign diary online.
19 November: Cyclenation/Cycling UK Annual Campaigners Conference – This year in 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 – With guest speaker Brian Deegan from Transport for London speaking about 'Going Dutch in London'
19 December: Seasonal Social – from 6.30pm at Thirsty (46 Chesterton Road)
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.
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.