Our response to Extinction Rebellion popup cycle lanes

We were surprised yesterday morning to hear reports of people enjoying traffic cone-protected cycle lanes on Elizabeth Way. We’ve since learned that cycle lanes on Elizabeth Way and Victoria Avenue were created by Extinction Rebellion and that the protection of the traffic cones was short-lived as they were quickly removed by the council and police. We’re concerned that the paint on the road has now left confusion and that many drivers are now acting aggressively towards people who are legally cycling along this route.

Camcycle is not involved in this direct action. However, Extinction Rebellion has highlighted how quickly space can be reallocated on our roads. Encouraging more people to cycle is vital to getting Cambridge moving again and we all need to work together to keep each other safe on our roads, to enable physical distancing and to protect the NHS. We look forward to County Council following the lead of other local authorities around the country with the rapid reallocation of road space for cycling, walking and to support local trade. To sign our letter calling for more spaces to breathe and to share your ideas for safer spaces please visit www.camcycle.org.uk/spacestobreathe