Weekly update – 21st July

Great news! The Chisholm Trail Phase 1 planning application has been approved. There was no time to celebrate this decision as the GCP (Greater Cambridge Partnership) Joint Assembly meeting in Cambourne was already underway. Unfortunately, the compromised plans for Milton Road were approved by the Assembly for recommendation to the Board. Also approved was the Green End Road TRO (Traffic Regulation Order) allowing cars to park in the new cycle lanes in front of the shops instead of installing double yellow lines for the entirety of the cycle lane.

We have another opportunity ask for better cycling provision at the GCP Board meeting on the 26th of July. Held at the exact same time will be the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority meeting where the Mayor and leaders of 7 Local Authorities will be deciding on budgets and plans for a 'Rapid, Mass, Transport Strategic Options Appraisal' and the commissioning of the 'Future Local Transport Plan'.

In the first ever Camcycle podcast, Hester and Al review the cycling facilities at Cambridge North, some of which are now under threat. Please listen and let us know what you think.

This week:

  • Chisholm Trail Phase 1 planning application approved
  • GCP decides on Milton Road and Green End Road
  • Cambridge North cycleways under threat
  • Latest Mill Road Depot development design surprises locals with excessive car parking
  • Camcycle podcast
  • August Monthly meeting
  • Camcycle Summer Social

 Chisholm Trail Approved

Chisholm Trail Phase 1 planning application approved

We are very pleased to report that planning application for Phase One of the Chisholm Trail was passed unanimously by the 'Joint Development Control Committee-Cambridge Fringes'. Find our more on our blog post, Chisholm Trail web page and Cyclescape.

 

GCP decides on Milton Road and Green End Road

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (formerly City Deal) Executive Board meets on Wednesday 26th July starting at 10 am in the Guildhall.

Camcycle will be asking questions about two major agenda items and supporting the Milton Road Alliance.

This will be a major decision point for the Milton Road scheme before it moves onto the detailed design phase. The officers have claimed to incorporate ideas from the 'Do Optimum' vision of people walking and cycling protected by trees and verges. But with the extremely long bus lanes still in place, it's questionable whether much of 'Do Optimum' will really survive the detailed design process. Come out and support the residents' associations and Camcycle as we put forward questions for the Executive Board to answer before they make their decision about the officers' 'Final Concept' scheme.

The other item we are questioning is the proposed traffic-regulation order that is intended to allow parking in the cycle lane on Green End Road. We are objecting strenuously to this proposal and have put forward instead the idea of a parking-protected cycle lane.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting and we encourage supporters to come and cheer us on!

You can also contact your local city and county councillors and let them know that you support trees and verges protecting people walking and cycling as shown in the original 'Do Optimum' plan.

 

Petition

The Milton Road Alliance has also launched a petition against the 'modified' Greater Cambridge Partnership plans that still squeeze out verges and cycle lanes.

Sign the petition

Learn more about the other GCP agenda items:

If you have concerns about any of the agenda items you can get in touch with your local councillor or the members of the Assembly or Executive Board

Cambridge North cycleways under threat

We have objected to two planning applications for the Cambridge North Station site due to a number of concerning implications for cycling.You can read more about our concerns on our blog.

The Office

Planning application S/2403/17/FL is for an office building, ground floor retail, landscaping, a 125 space car park and public realm 'improvements'.

The applicant is proposing to completely remove the current (and very excellent) segregated cycleway and footway which leads to Cowley Road, instead replacing it with 'active frontage' – a shared use area of less total width and with obstructing trees. We envisage that this will be similar to the space created at the Cambridge Station Square in front of the retail stores, but significantly narrower. The filed documents appear to misrepresent the existing cycleway as block-paved shared space. We believe there are also concerns with cycle parking. Read more: Cyclescape 3342.

The Hotel

Planning application S/2372/17/FL is for a 217-bed hotel with ground floor retail, landscaping, a 20 space car park and public realm 'improvements'.

Staff have only a small cycle parking area for 20 cycles. There is no guest cycle parking. There also appears to be no cycle parking for the retail stores. Imagery of the 'main access route' also indicates the loss of the existing segregated cycle route. Read more: Cyclescape 3338.

You can also raise concerns with your local councillors or comment on the planning application.

 

Latest Mill Road Depot development design surprises locals with excessive car parking

Despite early good intentions, it appears that the Mill Road Depot development will have significant amounts of car parking provision. How will all this traffic fit on Mill Road? Learn more at Cyclescape 1912 and https://www.millroad-development.co.uk/.

 

Camcycle podcast

We've just made our first Camcycle podcast! Featuring Camcycle trustees Hester Wells and Al Storer, the includes discussion on the Cambridge North development, Cambridge cows and even geese. Have a listen and let us know what you think.

Listen to our podcast

 


 August Monthly meeting

Our guest speaker for our August meeting will be Andrew P. Sykes speaking about his cycling adventures and his latest book 'Spain to Norway on a Bike Called Reggie'.

Andrew P. Sykes is a writer and cyclist. He is also a lover of those quirky, humorous travelogues that meander comically from one minor adventure to the next, and so writing about his own cycling adventures seemed the natural thing for him to do.

When not writing and travelling, Andrew edits a popular cycling website, CyclingEurope.org, where you will find more information about his journeys and cycling and travel in general. For more details, visit apsykes.com, the Cycling Europe on a Bike Called Reggie Facebook page, and follow Andrew on Twitter @CyclingEurope.

August monthly meeting. 1 August, 7.30pm for 8pm start. Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane.

Camcycle Summer Social

Our Summer Social will be at the Haymakers on Chesterton High Street 12 August from 2pm. All day pizzas and plenty of bike parking. All welcome!

 

Calendar

See our campaign diary online.

 

July

Thu 29th: East Area Committee Meeting. Cherry Trees Day Centre. 7pm

Wed 26th: City Deal Executive Board, Council Chamber at the Guildhall. 10am

Wed 26th: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. Shire Hall 10am

Sat 29th: Camcycle stall event at Coop on Perne Road 10am – 4pm (Please get in touch if you can help)

 

August

Tue 1st:  Monthly Meeting – 7:30pm Friends' Meeting House, Jesus Lane (Andrew Sykes author of 'A Bike Called Reggie' series)

Fri 11th: Mill Road Depot Consultation ends.

Sat 12th: Camcycle Social. The Haymakers. 2pm

Sun 27th: Newsletter copy deadline. Email editor@camcycle.org.uk

 

September

Tue 5th: Monthly Meeting – 7:30pm 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.