Update – 31st March

In this update:

  • Newsletter 137 ready
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Reach Ride
  • Spring social
  • Election survey
  • Consultations we are working on
  • Help us campaign

Newsletter 137

The April/May Camcycle newsletter, number 137, 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).

Our newsletter has always been produced by volunteers but, unfortunately, we are currently missing a number of the key volunteers we need to keep up our good work. Without more help, we face more newsletter delays in the future. There are many ways you can help, three particular roles we are recruiting for are editor, coordinator and layout editor. Perhaps you'd like to be our guest editor for an issue? Please read about our newsletter volunteer opportunities in the newsletter 135 article Help create our main campaigning resource and newsletter 137 article Be our guest (editor), and if you think you could help do contact us to discuss further.

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

Newsletter 137

Monthly meetings

The next monthly meeting will be a general campaigning meeting on Tuesday 3 April. We will work with attendees to plan key campaigning activities for Nuffield Road, the upcoming elections and the terrible potholed state of our roads and cycle paths as well as other issues raised at the meeting.   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 1 May, when Sean Moroney and Peter Dawe from Cambridge Electric Transport will be talking about ‘Safe, all-weather cycling with the CitiPod’.

We need a new volunteer to coordinate tea and coffee at our monthly meetings. Can you help?

Reach Ride

Tell your friends and join us for the 12th Reach Ride to the Reach Fair on the Monday 7 May bank holiday. More details in the Reach Ride newsletter article, the back of the newsletter and on Cyclescape 3213

Also please get in touch if you can help distribute Reach Ride leaflets and posters, see the 'Help us campaign' section below.

Spring social

Our next social gathering will be on Tuesday 17 April, 6.30 pm onwards upstairs at the Grain and Hop Store, 69 Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AB. Hope to see you there!

Space for Cycling ride

A family-friendly ride on Saturday 21 April organised by Camcycle and Cambridge CTC to campaign for more 'Space for Cycling' during the local elections. We'll be joining other Cycling UK groups across the UK who will also have rides on this day. Save the date, we'll provide specific details next week.

Consultations we are working on

Don't forget these consultations:

Wing Development Phase 1 – new residential development next to Newmarket Park & Ride. This planning application will establish the streets and landscape for the site. The famed Jubilee cycleway currently runs here, used by the Reach Ride every year. However, the developers plans are to reduce it to a pathway alongside a residential road, and it will disappear at each primary road crossing. It is highly likely that pavement-parked cars would end up strewn all over the cycleway if this design goes forward. Deadline for planning comments is 26 April. Cyclescape 3915.

Old Press Mill Lane – We have pictures of the early proposals for this site and already have concerns about the amount of cycle parking and the lack of any proposals to deal with the dangerous Pembroke Street and Trumpington Road junction, despite the significant increases to cycle traffic that will be generated by this development. See the proposals and help plan our response on Cyclescape 3882.

Wellcome Genome Campus – Do you cycle to or around the Genome Campus? We're keen to hear your views on how cycling could be improved. Please respond to this email or discuss on Cyclescape 3844.

Cambridge South East Transport Study (A1307) – Greater Cambridge Partnership – Closes 3 April. The GCP is inviting Cambridge residents to have their say on new public transport links, new and improved walking and cycling routes and road safety improvements between Cambridge and the area to the south-east. See discussion on Cyclescape 1941.

Help us campaign

We need immediate help to get our Reach Ride leaflets and posters distributed to local bike stores, cafes and community centres. Leaflets can be picked up from the Bike Depot on Cowley Road or from the CB1 area. Please get in touch to make arrangements.

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 particularly looking for more volunteers for our Newsletter team for 2018, see details earlier in this email. 

Volunteers to help deliver newsletters would be welcome too, especially for any of Shelford, Ditton Fields, Cottenham, Girton or Fen Ditton areas.