Monthly update – 19th May

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In this update:

  • General Election Hustings – Wednesday 24th
  • June Monthly Meeting – Dr. Rachel Aldred
  • Bollards
  • Manifesto Storyboarding
  • Roadworks
  • Cam Sight London to Cambridge Bike Ride 2017
  • Consultations

Our General Election Hustings – Wednesday!

Wednesday 24 May at Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane at 8 pm.

All five candidates will be attending:

  • Keith Garrett (Rebooting Democracy)
  • Dr John Haywood (Conservative)
  • Dr Julian Huppert (Liberal Democrats)
  • Stuart Tuckwood (Greens)
  • Daniel Zeichner (Labour)

 

June Monthly Meeting – Dr. Rachel Aldred (Westminster University)

Cycling Equity in England: new analysis of data from the Active People Survey

This presentation will discuss the new analysis of data (with Dr. Anna Goodman) from England's Active People Survey, looking at participation in both utility and leisure cycling. Which groups are under-represented? Does this under-representation disappear or decrease in English authorities where cycling levels are higher? What approach should we be taking to increase cycling equity?

Dr. Aldred is a fantastic speaker who makes the data from her research come alive with actionable insights about increasing cycling.

June 6, Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge. 7.30pm for 8 pm start.

 

Would you like to appear in a film about making cycling more inclusive?

Dr. Rachel Aldred at Westminster University is making a short film with charity Wheels for Wellbeing about the benefits of cycling for people of all ages and abilities, and how policy-makers can make cycling more inclusive. She's looking for people who'd be willing to be briefly interviewed for the film, on 6th June around midday in central Cambridge. You might ride a trike, e-bike, hand-cycle, tandem or just plain pedal cycle. Please email r.aldred@westminster.ac.uk for further info if interested.

 

#AbsoluteBollards. The mystery of the reappearing shin gougers

Three bollards
two bollards

While we have had success with the installation of taller and more visible central bollards on the Nuffield Road Busway access, for some reason some of the dangerous 'shin gougers' keep reappearing and disappearing and reappearing again.

These bollards are on the route to the Camcycle office and have been photographed in different configurations nearly every day. Hopefully, they will soon be permanently disappeared.

We're taking action on many other dangerous bollards around Cambridge. Please support our #AbsouteBollards campaign or share your bollard woes on Cyclescape 2961

 

Participate in our Manifesto Storyboarding workshop

Our next step for the manifesto will be an interactive storyboarding workshop. Would you like to participate? Let us know by entering your availability on our Doodle Poll. If you're not following the Cyclescape thread please email contact@camcycle.org.uk so that we can keep you informed of the final date and location (most likely near the Science Park). We will also be looking at some early artwork concepts to guide the look and feel of the final document. Cyclescape 316

 

Consideration of all road users during and after works

We're collecting views on anything to do with roadworks that are being inconsiderately performed (e.g. no crossings, no safe cycle routes, removal of pedestrian access), or where the results after the works leave a lot to be desired (e.g. bumpy surfaces, filled-in holes breaking up, replacement of surface with one of wrong colour, failure to reinstate road markings correctly). This will eventually inform our policy and guidance on respecting all road users during works. You can share your views on Cyclescape 3190

 

Cam Sight's London to Cambridge Bike Ride 2017

A Cam Sight team of clients, volunteers and staff will be riding the 60 miles from London to Cambridge on a mixture of tandems and regular bikes to raise funds for Cam Sight. You can join them on the ride and/or support them here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/londontocambridge2017

Please contact Warren Wilson at Cam Sight on 01223 420033 Ext. 29 or warren@camsight.org.uk if you would like further information.

 

Consultations

Arbury Court Improvements: City Council consultation on Arbury Court improvements including opening up the space, improving cycle parking, and possible upgrades to the crossing point on Arbury Road. We're discussing the possible cycling improvements on Cyclescape 3186. You can respond directly to the City Council consultation survey. Closes 16 June.

 

We've become quite efficient at responding to planning applications with insufficient cycle parking provision. It's a pity there are so many of them. Here are a few examples:

22 new affordable dwellings, Willingham (S/1428/17/FL): There appears to be very little if any, cycle parking for this development despite the applicants promoting it's accessibility to cycle routes.

5 bedroom dwelling, Granchester road (17/0557/FUL): While this property manages to find room for four cars and a car lift, they've failed to make any accommodation for cycling. Cyclescape 3194

New two bedroom dwelling, Histon Road / North street (17/0746/FUL): This new development will be at the expense of off-street car parking. We want the applicants to be aware that they cannot be guaranteed on-street car parking on Histon Road.  Cyclescape 3193

 

Calendar

See our campaign diary online.

May

Mon 21st: New Cambridge North Station opens

Wed 24th: General election hustings. Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, 8 pm. (Sorry no tea and coffee at this event due to room availability)

 

June

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

Thu 8th: General Election

Sun 25th: Newsletter copy deadline. Follow the Newsletter production process on Cyclescape 979.

 

July

Tue 4th: Monthly Meeting – We'll revisit our work on values and present our progress so far on our cycling manifesto. 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.