No more lives must be lost: we need safe junctions now

Camcycle is deeply saddened by the death of Anna Garratt-Quinton, who was killed while cycling at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout on Hills Road last Thursday. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.

Ghost bike near the Addenbrooke's roundabout dedicated to Anna Garratt-Quinton

In the last few weeks, there have also been serious collisions involving cyclists on Gilbert Road in Cambridge, Longstaff Way in Huntingdon and on the A505/A10 roundabout near Royston.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Vision Zero Partnership recognises the impact deaths and life-changing injuries have on families and has committed to achieve zero deaths and severe serious injuries on the county’s roads by 2040.

This work has never been more urgent.

It’s time to ensure no more lives are needlessly cut short, no more families are left suffering.

  • Camcycle calls on the Vision Zero Partnership to lay out its plans for all 45 of the current ‘collision cluster sites’. We can’t wait for another fatality or serious injury before acting. We need to make our roads safer now.
  • We call on the Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston, who has already declared road safety to be one of his priorities, to make clear how he will eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our county’s roads.

The Addenbrooke’s roundabout on Hills Road has long been a dangerous and intimidating link in the walking and cycling network, with concerns raised by ourselves and local residents.

It’s time to design out the risk of collisions at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout and keep our community safe.

  • Camcycle calls on Cambridgeshire County Council to commission an immediate review of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout, considering both the short-term safety considerations of the current roadworks occurring in this area and longer-term plans to make the whole junction safer, designing out conflicts between motor vehicles and vulnerable road users and giving priority to buses and emergency vehicles.
  • We call on the Greater Cambridge Partnership to include the Addenbrooke’s roundabout as part of its plans for the ‘Cycling Plus’ network and Linton Greenway. Safe links between active travel routes are essential; it is not acceptable to classify lethal junctions between schemes as ‘out of scope’.

The current Local Transport Plan for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough states that ‘everybody should be able to access our transport network, feel safe, and be healthier when they do so’. We know that junctions are where the most serious collisions involving those walking and cycling happen and that concerns about safety are the biggest barrier to people choosing active travel for more of their everyday journeys.

It’s time to make sure that the principles of safe, healthy and accessible transport are urgently integrated into every aspect of local transport and planning policy.

  • Camcycle calls on all local authorities to work together on an audit of junctions across the county to identify urgent improvements to make active travel safe. This audit should be based on the latest government standards on inclusive cycle infrastructure design, LTN 1/20. These standards, developed by active travel experts, should be adopted immediately by all local transport and planning authorities.
  • We call on Mayor Dr Nik Johnson and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to ensure the new Local Transport and Connectivity Plan clearly sets out how junctions across the region will be made safe for people walking, cycling, horse-riding and using mobility aids
  • We call on Cambridgeshire County Council to ensure that the safety of active travel users is prioritised in every junction improvement and transport scheme. All those choosing to walk, cycle and use other active modes of travel should feel safe on the region’s roads and when traversing junctions.
  • We call on the Greater Cambridge Partnership to expedite its work to reduce traffic in and around Cambridge and create space for active travel infrastructure. Junction improvements must be prioritised in transport schemes to enable more people of all ages and abilities to choose active travel for their journeys.
  • We call on Cambridge City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council to ensure that planning decisions do not put people walking, cycling, wheeling or horseriding in danger. Access roads and junctions must be designed to prioritise the safety of all users.

In memory of Anna who was killed on 7 October 2021, and the other cyclists injured in recent weeks, we must make our county’s roads safe.

In memory of all those hurt or killed while cycling in Cambridgeshire, we must continue to work for change. Remembering the families of Michael, Steve, Celia, Elizabeth, John, Anthony, Stewart and many others.

If you would like to see safe junctions across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, please sign our petition today.

A man with a child on his bike cycles past the ghost bike dedicated to Anna Garratt-Quinton on the shared-use path by Addenbrooke's hospitalIn memory of Anna Garratt-Quinton, Camcycle placed a white ghost bike at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout at 8am on the morning of Thursday 14 October, one week after her death. We invite you to join with local residents and colleagues of Anna by adding a white ribbon or a floral or written tribute when you pass this junction. Please take care when walking and cycling by the site and follow current UK guidance regarding limiting the spread of Covid-19 by wearing a mask or maintaining distance from others if the area is busy.