The proposal to permit car parking in the cycle lane on Green End Road is dangerous and undermines the entire purpose of the scheme.
Camcycle would instead like to see the Traffic Regulation Order restore double-yellow lines to the entire cycle lane. In the case of the businesses that believe they will need car parking directly outside their premises, we note that the planning application currently filed for the property offers an opportunity to resolve this issue: through the creation of a segregated cycleway next to the footway, in a manner that puts parking spaces for cars between the cycleway and the carriageway.
At the Greater Cambridge Partnership Executive Board meeting on Wednesday we will be asking the Board to support a resolution to create both a safe, protected cycleway and parking availability for the businesses.
We have had numerous reports of dangerous and intimidating driving along these routes. Drivers get angry at cyclists for not using lanes that they are unable to use due to the cars that are parked in them. While we do not encourage cycling on the pavement, it is not hard to understand why many people resort to doing so as they feel too unsafe on the roads. The GCP must do better for the large number of people who cycle on Green End Road.
Winding in and out of cycle lanes on busy roads is also unsafe, so many people cycling will make the logical decision to avoid the cycle lane entirely and to hold a safe and primary position in the lane as encouraged by the Highway Code.
We understand the importance of access for local businesses to thrive. However, by their very nature local businesses appeal to people who live locally within walking and cycling distance. We would like local trips by foot and by bike accommodated and encouraged, as there is evidence that this is good for local business.