What a great week for cycling we have had! We had an amazing turn out for the Reach Ride and a fun day was had by all. We then spent Tuesday and Wednesday hosting the Dutch Cycling Embassy in Cambridge, including a very well attended Camcycle meeting on Tuesday evening. We've also been chasing up responses to our election survey, meeting with Ofo shared bikes about their plans for Cambridge and dealing with yet more international press requests about the Ofo scheme. Needless to say, this Cycling Campaign Officer is looking forward to a day off!
Reach Ride a great success
This year we had nearly 300 riders take off from the Guildhall and by the time we arrived at Reach we had picked up plenty more along the way. 847 bicycle seats were counted at the Fair and we had reports from people who came to Cambridge for the Ride from as far as Leicester, London, Peterborough, Whittlesey and Kings Lynn. The Ely group, led by Ely Cycling Campaign, had a record 20 cyclists participate and a number of other local groups like Fulbourn Forum established meeting points before joining the ride together.
Cambridge News was keen to get coverage of the ride with our youngest participant, Merryn McKeown (9 months) the star of their article.
Thank you to all of our volunteers who made the Reach Ride happen this year. We had a great turnout for the Recce Ride and plenty of marshals to guide the way. The enthusiasm and dedication of the organising team laid the groundwork for a fantastic event.
We also welcome your feedback about the Ride. Please email or use Cyclescape 2718 to tell us what was great about the Ride and what we should improve for next year. Ideas so far include improved signage and a bike mechanic to help with punctures.
Save the date for next year's Reach Ride – May 7.
Dutch Cycling Embassy
We've had a great time hosting the Dutch Cycling Embassy in Cambridge. The team of four, Erik Tetteroo, Richard ter Avest, Rob van der Bijl and Jose Oudijk arrived on Monday and enjoyed exploring Cambridge. Workshops for cycling officials and stakeholders were held on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings with a Camcycle-led Cambridge cycle tour on Tuesday afternoon and a site visit to Queen Edith's Way (the proposed location for Cambridge's first Dutch-style roundabout) on Wednesday afternoon.
Our guests also joined Camcycle for a well-attended monthly meeting on Tuesday evening where we learned about how the 'Tour de Force' Bicycle Agenda is planning to increase cycling in the Netherlands by a further 20% in 10 years. A salient point was made during the presentation with a comparison between the Netherlands cycling spend per person of €33 to €80 and the UK Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy planned expenditure of £2 to £6 pounds.
Before you vote…
- See what your local candidates had to say in our County Council election survey.
- Read Cycling UKs mayoral election 'Vote Bike' survey
- Save the date for General Election Hustings, Wednesday 24 May at Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane at 8 pm.
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
See our campaign diary online.
Wed 24th: General election hustings. Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, 8 pm.
Tue 6th: Monthly Meeting – Guest Speaker Rachel Aldred. 7:30 pm Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane.
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.