Camcycle tells the GCP Joint Assembly that Sustainable Travel Zone proposals must be better and fairer

On Thursday 8 June, Camcycle is attending a meeting of the Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly, at which the Making Connections consultation report will be discussed. The Making Connections consultation sought the public’s feedback on proposals for a package of transport measures which would improve buses and active travel (walking, cycling and wheeling) in and around Cambridge and, once alternatives were in place, introduce a road charge within a ‘Sustainable Travel Zone’ to free up roadspace and generate a long-term source of funding for sustainable travel.

The Camcycle Board of Trustees published an initial response to this report. Camcycle is also asking the following question at the meeting.

The consultation shows strong support for active travel and public transport improvements and Camcycle believes that by making the scheme better and fairer we can achieve a high-quality transport system for everyone.

As noted in 3.12, many people have reminded the GCP that Making Connections must not be allowed to become solely about the bus network. 75% of consultation respondents
cycled, with strong support for improved cycleways and secure cycle parking, including among those who opposed a road charge. The most popular sustainable travel measure was making the city more accessible for disabled people. The GCP should start delivering more active travel improvements that people want now on top of already scheduled projects. This must include links between towns and villages, not just into and within Cambridge. The GCP should also fast-track progress on the road network hierarchy and residents’ parking schemes to free up road space for active travel.

Motor traffic reduction and a reliable source of funding are essential for better active travel, so it is vital that the GCP delivers a plan that will work. To address concerns, progress is needed on an appropriate scheme of exemptions. For example, a Workplace Parking Levy for the Biomedical Campus could ensure larger employers contribute while providing the necessary exclusions for those visiting the hospitals. Extending the zone to weekends but adding a system of free passes could provide more flexibility for people’s different circumstances while still tackling traffic issues. People in Cambridgeshire need better walking, cycling and wheeling infrastructure now and the guarantee of a scheme that will prioritise sustainable transport for the future. Will the GCP commit to strengthen its commitment to active travel by ring-fencing funding and bringing forward new schemes, and ensure the effectiveness of a revised STZ for funding and traffic reduction?

We also sent members of the Joint Assembly a briefing paper going into more detail on our recommendations for a better, fairer scheme.