Weekly Update – 9 December

Stourbridge foggy morning

So many things have happened since the last weekly update:

  • We held our 2016 AGM, elected our 2017 committee and voted on a motion to push for more on-street cycle parking.
  • We finished our first Big Give fundraising campaign and raised £4,770 for our City Deal campaigning next year. These funds will also help to pay for our employee. Thank you to all who donated.
  • We held our stall at the Mill Road Winter Fair where we launched our new greeting cards with great success.
  • We received our report about Camcycle membership from the Cambridge Hub student team which produced some interesting insights (to be published soon).
  • I attended the Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS) AGM and learned how important it is to use stories when communicating about the work we do, not just facts and figures. (It would be great to do this with video in 2017.)
  • Hester and I also attended the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) 'Women and Cycling' seminar in London. We were proud to fly the flag for Cambridge as the only city in the UK with gender parity in rates of cycling.
  • The trustees continued work on developing our strategy and operational plans for the next few years.
  • Not to mention all the consultations we have worked on and responded to!

In our update this week:

  • Photo of the week
  • 'Do-Optimum' proposals for Milton Road passed
  • Further obstructions for the Chisholm Trail
  • British Cycling 'Turning the Corner' report
  • On-street cycle parking
  • Planning for the mayoral election
  • Consultations we are working on
  • Don't forget these consultations
  • How you can help us
  • Events
  • In the news

Photo of the week

An exceptional photo, of an unknown cyclist on Stourbridge Common, was taken by Zoe Eastwood earlier this week during one of the beautiful frosty mornings we have had lately.

If you would like to share a photo that showcases the cycling culture in Cambridge then please email it to us.


'Do-Optimum' proposals for Milton Road passed

The Local Liaison Forum for the Milton Road City Deal project passed a resolution last night supporting the "Do-Optimum" design that has been developed by a working group from Milton Road Residents' Association (MRRA) and Hurst Park Estate Residents' Association (HPERA), working in collaboration with Camcycle.

The "Do-Optimum" alternative is a new proposal for the Milton Road scheme that shows how it is possible to incorporate priority for walking, cycling and public transport with an avenue of trees and green verges.

Read more about the proposals on our blog.


Further obstructions for the Chisholm Trail

We are increasingly concerned about the obstructive attitudes of certain small and unrepresentative groups to both the Abbey-Chesterton bridge and Phase One of the Chisholm Trail. We are aware of seven recent FOI requests which are taking up precious time of council officers. A seventy-one-page letter of opposition has also been circulated to a number of groups and some have circulated that to their members.

If you are a member of a 'green' group in Cambridge, they will almost certainly have been lobbied.

**Please** write or contact your group, to ensure that an evidence-based assessment is taken by that organisation. We can also meet with them to discuss the plans in more detail and to provide further evidence. We welcome any introductions.


British Cycling 'Turning the Corner' report

Yesterday was the launch of British Cycling's 'Turning the Corner' report. We support its proposals for clarifying the existing Rule 170 of the Highway Code by rewriting it into a very simple, universal rule that you give way when you are turning. 

You can read our press release about the report on our blog.

We urge those who support these proposed changes to sign the British Cycling petition and make it clear to decision makers that there is broad support for these changes. https://takeaction.britishcycling.org.uk/share

You can also participate in our discussions about what these potential changes could mean for Cambridge. Cyclescape 2817


On-street cycle parking

Following the passing of a motion on this at our AGM this week we are now planning our 2017 campaign to push for more on-street cycle parking. We have seen this done successfully on Thoday Street and would like to see more parking like this around Cambridge. You can read about the motion on our blog and we invite members to get involved in the campaign. 

Do you want to be part of the team that works on this in 2017? Please get in touch or join in the discussion. Cyclescape 2876


Planning for the mayoral election

Things are starting to heat up for the Mayoral election which will be held on 4 May 2017. It is important that we start preparing to ensure that cycling is on the agenda, and discussions have started on Cyclescape and with other local transport groups. We will also have to prepare for the local council elections which will be held on the same date.

So far we are planning to have hustings and election surveys for both elections.

Would you like to be involved? Please get in touch. You can also join the discussion on Cyclescape 2871.

Smarter Cambridge Transport has also provided a useful 'Devolution Crib Sheet' to help understand what devolution will mean for Cambridge.

You can also read more about the devolution plans on the County Council website.


Consultations we are working on

We submitted a response to the Blue Moon Pub on Norfolk Street planning application to request that increases to cycle parking be included as there is clearly demand for more. Cyclescape 2863

We have been invited for early discussions about plans for development on Coldham's Lane near Cambridge Lakes. You can keep up-to-date on Cyclescape 2865


Don't forget these consultations

Refurbishment of the corner of Mill Road and Cavendish Road. Closes 12 December Please respond to the Council survey online. Cyclescape 2818

Ida Darwin Site: Cyclescape 857

Cycle access at Addenbrookes (Red Cross Lane): Cyclescape 420



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

  • 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
  • Join our election campaigning subgroup and help us ensure cycling is on the agenda for the upcoming elections. Cyclescape 2871


Upcoming events

See our campaign diary online.

19 December: Seasonal Socialfrom 6.30pm at Thirsty Cambridge (46 Chesterton Road)

3 January: Monthly Meeting – Help us plan the right structure for working with our volunteers. We need to hear our members' views.


In the News

Don't forget to read Robin Heydon's latest cycling column in the Cambridge News. http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/all-about/cycling


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.