Weekly update – 26th April

Reach Ride

In this update:

  • Reach Ride — Monday 1st May
  • Dutch Cycling Embassy visits Cambridge
  • Elections
  • 2G3S Transport Evening – Thursday 27 April
  • Ofo bikes land in Cambridge
  • #AbsoluteBollards
  • Consultations
  • Calendar

It's here at last! Will we see you at the Reach Ride on Monday?


Reach RideReach Ride – This Monday 1 May

Bring your family and friends and join hundreds of people as we cycle to the Reach Fair.

We depart Cambridge from The Guildhall at 10 am and travel through the Fens on National Cycle Network routes 11 and 51 to the town of Reach. Participants will have time to enjoy the fair and the food before joining the 2 pm departure or they can return at their leisure.

Join the Recce Ride

Join us on 29 April for the Reach Recce Ride. We will meet at Guildhall at 10 am to ride to Reach and back to ensure the route is safe and clear and to put up signs for the Reach Ride. We will be stopping at the new pub "The Shed" in Lode for lunch on the way back. If you can attend please complete the doodle poll here: http://doodle.com/poll/nseuffqqfq4t8cfq and send an email to contact@camcycle.org.uk so that we have your contact details.

Be a Reach Ride marshal

Can you be a marshal for the Reach Ride? Help participants to stay on route and (if you have the skills) you could help out with the occasional puncture repair. Ideally, you will be able to attend the Recce Ride on 29 April to ensure you are familiar with the route.


Dutch school cyclingDutch Cycling Embassy visits Cambridge

We have a treat for our May monthly meeting with four of the leading cycling experts from The Netherlands joining us. Led by Erik Tetteroo the main cycling policy advisor for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment, our guests will share their knowledge about how The Netherlands is planning to further increase rates of cycling. We will also have the chance to ask them about their ideas for Cambridge. Find out more on our blog: https://www.camcycle.org.uk/blog/2017/04/26/dutch-cycling-experts-to-visit-cambridge/



Election Survey now open to County Council candidates

The responses to our election survey are now live. You now can see what you local candidates had to say and if they haven't responded, you may like to encourage them to do so.

What do our mayoral candidates think about cycling?

vote bike

We've now had responses from all the mayoral candidates to the Cycling UK 'Vote Bike' survey which asked them to support the following three asks:

  1. Ensure cycling is fully designed into all new roads projects
  2. Ensure cycling is fully designed into all new developments 
  3. Make cycling the easiest and most obvious choice of transport for all short journeys or parts of a longer journey

You can also get in touch with the candidates to encourage their support.

General election

As if we didn't already have election fatigue… Rest assured that we are working on plans for a general election cycling hustings most likely on 24 May. More information soon.


2G3S Transport Evening – Thursday 27 April

19:30-21:30, Little Shelford Village Hall, The Long House, 11 Church St, Little Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5HG

Nigel Brigham will talk about the 'Greenways' Report on future local walking and cycle ways in Cambridgeshire. Nigel was formerly the Eastern Region manager for Sustrans, and in that role, he negotiated for the Shelford to Addenbrooke's Genome path. Jim Chisholm will consider 'Five Transport Myths about Cambridge(shire) – can you even guess what they are?'. Jim is perhaps best known as a local cycling campaigner – it is no coincidence that the proposed Chisholm Trail through Cambridge, part of the Greater Cambridge City Deal, is called what it is! But he has other transport interests as well. After plenty of time for questions and discussion, the evening should finish by about 9.30 pm. Free admission including refreshments; but donations welcome. More details here: http://www.transitioncambridge.org/thewiki/ttwiki/pmwiki.php?n=TTEvents.RelEv#ref2g3sl


Ofo Bike

Ofo bikes land in Cambridge

Have you seen the Ofo bikes around town? Some of our members have tried them out. You can read their thoughts on Cyclescape 2952



Sometimes bollards are necessary, but they should never be dangerous or make routes unusable. We are campaigning against bollards and other obstructions that impede and endanger. Let us know about the bollards that bother you and support our #AbsouteBollards campaign. You can also contribute on Cyclescape 2961

We've also recently provided advice on bollard placement for the new Cowley Road cycle path to the new Cambridge North Station. Discussion continues on Cyclescape 1134



CB1 Development: We have strongly objected to the recent planning application (17/0491/FUL) for a pavilion in the CB1 development as it will further impede access through the development. You can read our objection on our blog, join the discussion on Cyclescape 3151 and view the planning application online.

Peterhouse College: We're objecting to this planning application (17/0579/FUL) for 72 covered cycle parking spaces due to the poorly designed cycle parking. We support the idea however the spaces are too narrow to make the parking unusable. Cyclescape 3158

Great Shelford: We're objecting to this planning application (S/1210/17/FL) for 7 new dwellings due to insufficient and poorly designed cycle parking. Cyclescape 3159

Caldecote: We are looking for someone local to this area to review and comment on a planning application (S/1144/17/OL) for a residential development for 58 new dwellings. Cyclescape 3160

Melbourn: We are looking for someone local to this area to review and comment on a planning application S/1032/17/FL for a residential development for 23 new dwellings. Cyclescape 3161



See our campaign diary online.


Fri 28th: Zero Carbon Britain: Making It Happen. Explore the economic, cultural and psychological barriers to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions and learn from a toolbox of ideas to overcome them. (A Cambridge Carbon Footprint event)

Sat 29th: Reach Ride Recce. Ride to Reach and back to check the route for the Reach Ride. We'll be stopping for a pub lunch. Depart from the Guildhall at 10 am.

Sun 30th: Newsletter copy deadline.



Mon 1st: Reach Ride – Starts at 10 am at the Guildhall.

Tue 2nd: May meeting. With guests from the Dutch Cycling Embassy. 7:30 pm Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane.

Thu 4th: Mayoral elections and County Council elections.

Wed 24th: General election hustings



Tue 6th: Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker Rachel Aldred. 7:30 pm Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane.


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.