Cyclists, walkers and wheelers unite to celebrate the Chisholm Trail

Over a hundred people attended an event on Saturday 16 July to celebrate the completion and first six months’ popularity of phase one of the Chisholm Trail. The event was hosted by Camcycle with the support of the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridge United Community Trust. Gathering at Cambridge North station to walk, wheel, scoot, rollerskate and cycle along the active travel route were people of all ages and representatives from local organisations including a cargo bike from Abbey People and Marvin the Moose, mascot of Cambridge United. Music on the move was provided by Cambridge Bike Party and the route was finished off with ice cream from Verrechia at the Abbey Stadium.

A large group of people on foot and with cycles smiling with hands in the air by the Abbey-Chesterton bridge

Jim Chisholm, who first conceived the route in 1998, was presented with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Camcycle and a print of the Abbey-Chesterton bridge by local artist Sarah Vigliotti. He said:

It has been great to see how many people are benefiting from Phase One of the Trail which so effectively joins Chesterton and Abbey and their people. Roll on Phase Two for the people of Romsey and Petersfield! It has been amazing to see the quality of provision that has been achieved thanks to the city and county councils and the Greater Cambridge Partnership and all those who have supported the cause. As Cambridge expands, I hope this Trail will continue to prosper, connecting more people to green space, commuters to their work and students to schools and colleges.”

Cllr Elisa Meschini, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Deputy Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said:

Every time I use the Chisholm Trail I have fun and today was most fun of all – thank you to Camcycle and Cambridge United Community Trust for organising and hosting this brilliant celebration. It was also fabulous to cycle along the trail with Jim Chisholm and I would to thank him for his vision.

Thank you to everyone who played a part in delivering this transformational active travel route which provides safe and direct links over the River Cam to connect people to work, education and leisure opportunities. It is part of our aim to encourage more people to travel by more sustainable means and is a project we can all be proud of.”

Snapshots from a wonderful Chisholm Trail celebration on Saturday 16 July (images: Lucinda Price, Boris Herzog, Anna Williams)

Cambridge United Community Trust manager Sam Gomersall said that the Trust focused on using sport as a tool to make a positive difference and he thought the new cycling and walking route would have a similarly beneficial impact on local people. He added:

We think the Chisholm Trail will get people engaged in cycling to the ground, coming and watching a football match. It’s amazing to be joined by so many people and we are absolutely delighted that we could host this event.”

Cambridgeshire County Council announced earlier today that the Abbey-Chesterton bridge has been nominated for the national Structural Steel Design Awards which celebrate excellence through criteria such as cost effectiveness, aesthetics and innovation. Winners will be announced in September.

A Greater Cambridge Partnership consultation on Phase Two of the Chisholm Trail is also currently open and Camcycle encourages local people to get involved. Have your say on proposed designs for the Coldham’s Lane junction and Cromwell Road before midday on Tuesday 6 September.