Weekly update – 29th September

Newsletter 134

This is the regular update and newsletter announcement.

  • Newsletter 134 ready
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Camcycle AGM announcement
  • Camcycle Podcasts
  • Milton Road design workshops
  • Inclusive cycling and local highways improvements
  • Consultations we are working on
  • Help us campaign

Newsletter 134

The August/September Camcycle newsletter, number 134, is ready.

A paper copy is on its way to you (if you don't need a paper copy and can read the newsletter on the web, please let us know).

Topics include updates on current campaigns and recent/upcoming events, and also 

Monthly meetings

At the next monthly meeting on Tuesday 3 October we'll be joined by Isabelle Clement from Wheels for Wellbeing, who will be talking about Wheels for Wellbeing’s recent research into the experience of disabled cyclists in London and across the UK. Isabelle will talk about how and why we should move to a fully inclusive cycling culture. It’s about bringing a true, Beyond the Bicycle, cycling revolution, where those who would benefit the most from cycling are able to do so. Wheels for Wellbeing is a small, disability run, cycling organisation based in South London. All its work is shaped by the experience of disabled cyclists.  Join us at the Friends' Meeting House on Jesus Lane from 7:30 for an 8pm start.

The following monthly meeting will be on Tuesday 7 November.

Camcycle AGM, Tuesday 5 December

Our AGM will be on Tuesday 5 December, more details in the AGM newsletter article.

Camcycle Podcasts

In the latest in our series of Camcycle podcasts Hester talks to blogger and cycle campaigner, Sally Hinchcliffe, about rural cycling in Scotland. Have a listen and let us know what you think.

Milton Road design workshops

Milton Road workshops are going ahead to refine the 'Final Concept' design approved by the Executive Board in July. We are concerned that the 'Final Concept' design has extremely long bus lanes that will squeeze out trees, verges and protected cycling infrastructure. Find out more on Cyclescape 2662 and www.MiltonRoadAlliance.org

Inclusive cycling and local highways improvements

Have you experienced difficulties because of bad barriers on cycleways or shared-use paths? Check out the newsletter article Inclusive cycling and local highway improvements. We'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions about other such barriers in and around Cambridge: contact us using either Cyclescape 2961 or emailing contact@camcycle.org.uk

Consultations we are working on

Don't forget these consultations:

'The Big Conversation'

The Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership has launched 'The Big Conversation' to find out the views and needs of the community to help share future investment plans. It will continue until the end of November, with many events around Cambridgeshire as well as a general questionnaire and a travel survey.

You can complete the general questionnaire now. The travel survey will run between 9 and 31 October. We will provide more information once this is released.

It’s important that we get as many voices as possible making it clear that we need more investment in cycling and that the investment needs to be spent on high quality cycling infrastructure. So please participate in the survey and make sure your voice is heard. Make sure you use the word ‘cycling’ in the extra comment boxes, and don’t forget to ask friends. family and neighbours to participate as well.

Complete the Big Conversation questionnaire now

Changes proposed for the Grafton Area

The Grafton Area of Major Change (AoMC) is the proposed area of major change including the Fitzroy/Burleigh Street/Grafton Area of Major Change outlined in the emerging Cambridge Local Plan. The recently drafted Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) takes the proposed AoMC from the emerging Local Plan for Cambridge and outlines the aspirations for the area, as well as the key issues, constraints and opportunities that will influence how new development will take place.

We've recently found out about stakeholder consultations on these plans which took place in March and April this year. Unfortunately, we were not included in the early stakeholder consultations despite several implications for the cycling environment in the area. We are now reviewing the draft documents and formulating a response. You can follow the discussion and find out more about the cycling issues on Cyclescape 3530. The draft documents are available on the City Council website.  We will provide a summary of the issues when we have had time to assess the various proposals.

The City Council will consult on these plans from 25 September until 6 November.

What's a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)?

"Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) add further detail to the policies in the Local Plan. They can be used to provide further guidance for development on specific sites, or on particular issues, such as design. These documents can be a material consideration in planning decisions but are not part of the development plan."  Follow this link for more about SPDs on the City Council website.

Help us campaign

We are trying to make it easier for people to volunteer for the campaign. Please subscribe to our Cyclescape Volunteering thread 2053 to be notified of quick, one-off volunteering jobs, or send an email to contact@camcycle.org.uk to discuss volunteering opportunities.

We're looking for more volunteers for our Newsletter team for 2018. The Editor's hat is up for grabs and we are also looking for people with the skills to help with the Newsltter layout as well as contributing articles, proof reading, photography, illustration and graphic design. Please get in touch if you would like to find out how you can contribute to our amazing Newsletter.