Weekly update – 12th May

Camcycle flag

After a busy few weeks, it's been nice to be back in the office and getting on with some business as usual. We're working on our stall bike upgrade project which is an opportunity to transform the way we present ourselves to the public. We might even have it in time for some events this summer. Can you volunteer to help with some of our stalls? We are also working on our cycling manifesto, cycling policies and upgrading our website. Volunteers for any of these projects are welcome so please get in touch if they sound interesting.

If you are still reliving the Reach Ride then perhaps you will enjoy this time-lapse video by Antony Carpen showing the hundreds of cyclists leaving the Guildhall for the ride. Perhaps we should have a competition to see who can guess precisely how many cyclists we managed to fit into Market Square. What is your guess?


Innovation in Cycling and Walking

The Department for Transport is seeking proposals for innovations that encourage more people to make journeys by bicycle and/or on foot and we are brainstorming ideas for a potential Camcycle project. You can share your ideas on Cyclescape 3188. Find out more about the competition on the DfT website.


Election Results

See what your newly elected County Councillors had to say in our County Council election survey.

Read what our new Mayor for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough had to say about cycling as reported by Cycling UK. We have sent a letter to Mayor Palmer asking for a meeting to discuss how we can work together to improve cycling.


Don't forget our General Election Hustings

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

So far we have four candidates attending:

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


#AbsoluteBollards results!

new bollard

We've had a success with the removal of some of the worst bollards featured in our #AbsoluteBollards campaign. The shin gougers on the Nuffield Road access to the busway have been replaced with taller and more visible central bollards. Let us know about the bollards that bother you and support our #AbsouteBollards campaign. You can also contribute on Cyclescape 2961


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.


Camcycle stall bike upgrade project

Our stall bike upgrade project is progressing well. We're test riding bikes, sourcing quotes, working on design ideas and applying for grants to fund the project. Thanks also for the offers of free and discounted second-hand cargo bikes. We are looking into all options. You can join the project team on Cyclescape 2990.


Volunteers required for stall events

As summer approaches we will have more opportunities for stall events. Can you help volunteer at any of these? Please email or respond on our stall bike thread Cyclescape 253.

24 May – 'Meet the Causes' for the Co-op to promote our involvement in the Local Co-op Community Fund

2 July: Histon and Impington Feast

8 July: Big Weekend on Parker's Piece

21 Oct: 'Volunteer for Cambridge' fair to promote our organisation to potential volunteers.



Hinxton AgriTech park: SmithsonHill are sharing their proposals for a park for AgriTech located to the east of the A1301 and South of the A505 at Hinxton. The exhibition will be held at: Hinxton Village Hall.
Tuesday 16th May 2017, 11:30 am – 9 pm
Wednesday 17th May 2017, 7:30am – 12:30 pm and 2 pm – 8 pm

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.

Northstowe Phase 2 Design Code: We've responded with many suggestions on how to create a truly cycling friendly development.  Cyclescape 1536

West Cambridge Site, travel plan (14/1337/COND12): We're responding to point out inaccuracies, request specific details on cycle parking provision and ask for the removal of obstructions. Cyclescape 1862

Fen Road/Water Lane, Cambridge, three new dwellings (17/0675/FUL): Not only does this application reference the wrong cycle parking standards they have also failed to meet them. We've objected! Cyclescape 3178

Westfield House, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, 20 new bike parking spaces (17/0693/FUL): We welcome the effort to install cycle parking here however it's impossible to fit the suggested number of stands in the allocated space. We've provided advice. Cyclescape 3185

Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, 7 new flats (S/1210/17/FL): We've objected to the inadequate cycle parking. Cyclescape 3159



See our campaign diary online.


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



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.



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.