Cambridge station development: Chisholm Trail still at risk

Following our campaigning with local groups last year, Camcycle is pleased to see significant improvements for cycling in proposals for new development near Cambridge station. However, we are still concerned that the plans don’t do enough to protect the route of the Chisholm Trail, provide for expansion of cycle parking facilities and ensure safe
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County fails to take action on A14 bridge barriers – for now

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport committee met on 9 March, with one of their agenda items being an update on the overall A14 project. We saw this as being the most appropriate topic under which to present our petition against the new barriers, which has gained over 660 signatories in just a few
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Camcycle welcomes extension of Mill Road trial but continues to call for improvements to the scheme

Camcycle welcomes the extension of the experimental bus gate scheme on Mill Road bridge. We believe the scheme has significantly improved public safety in the two ways set out in the experimental objectives. Firstly, it has facilitated social distancing during the pandemic, as in previous conditions it would have been impossible for footway
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TAKE ACTION: help us remove dangerous new barriers to cycling in Cambridgeshire

barrierThere must be something about the start of the year, because yet again dangerous new barriers have appeared. This time it’s Highways England and Cambridgeshire County Council which have harmed people who simply want to use the newly-built active travel bridges over the A14 at Swavesey and Bar Hill. The officers have wasted money over
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St John’s Innovation Park invents ‘wonky cycleway’

At Camcycle we look through many planning applications and write objections in cases where developers are proposing cycle infrastructure or facilities that do not meet the standards or requirements of planning rules. We normally work through the usual planning systems and try to get problems fixed through comments, feedback and discussions. However, in the case
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New Spaces to Breathe created by the second phase of Covid-19 active travel schemes

The second phase of experimental walking and cycling schemes is starting to be put in place and Camcycle is delighted to see that some small changes are already making a big difference to active travel in Cambridge.

One of the first changes to be made, early in the new year, was the county council’s rearrangement
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Proposals for development at Netherhall Farm will lock in a car-dependent future

decrepit cut-through in the existing estate

Sometimes a planning application comes along and you can see just how little developers actually care about sustainable transport, despite bold claims. The absurdity here is captured by this pair of photos above (inset photo courtesy of Sam Davies).

Once built out, 400 more homes from this and another green belt site will depend
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TAKE ACTION: Stop the county from turning bus lanes into ‘Tesla lanes’

Cambridgeshire County Council has recently published an ‘experimental traffic regulation order’ (ETRO) that allows electric cars to use the Elizabeth Way bridge bus lane. While that, by itself, is not much, it has been proposed as a test case before implementing the change in all the county’s bus lanes. This should be extremely alarming
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