PRESS RELEASE: Selfish approach by Bell School developers will mean cycle/pedestrian conflict

Developers of the 364-dwelling project behind the Bell School are failing to meet the needs of cyclists by proposing a substandard cycle route into the development. In a city where the majority of people cycle, a narrow single shared-use cycle and foot path on only one side of the access road is proposed that does not even meet minimum requirements.

Shared-use pavements are unacceptable for new developments – this is the kind of provision that regularly results in complaints from pedestrians.

The proposed alternative route for cyclists and pedestrians across the site will suit some but mean awkward and unsafe diversions for others including many cycling to school or towards town.

Robin Heydon said:

“The Bell School has land available to provide an excellent high quality access route with fully segregated road, cycle, and foot ways. Yet this land is not being proposed as the developers are being nimbies and not wanting the access next to the school. Cambridge should not tolerate third world cycling facilities in the cycling capital of England.”

As shown at Orchard Park, building substandard facilities will only push the costs onto taxpayers who will have to pay for remedial work when problems start to occur.

Robin Heydon continued:

“It is simply not acceptable today to neglect cycling in Cambridge just because the developers are being selfish. A better access route must be provided that meets the needs of people driving, cycling and walking. We need an access route that is safe and that Cambridge would be proud of.”

For further information please contact:

Robin Heydon
Cambridge Cycling Campaign
01223 690718 or via e-mail (preferred) to .

Notes for editors:

  1. Cambridge Cycling Campaign was formed in 1995 and now has over 1100 members. Run by volunteers, it campaigns for “better safer and more cycling in and around Cambridge”. Its website, at, contains a wide range of information on its activities.
  2. Cambridge Cycling Campaign have objected to planning application ref 12/0890/REM. The objection is available on the City Council’s planning website.
  3. The Bell School development is just south of Addenbrookes Hospital. The access proposed by the developers is in the narrow gap next to No 4a Babraham Road.
  4. The current Local Plan states that “all development will be designed to (a) give priority for these modes [walking and cycling] over cars; (b) ensure maximum convenience for these modes [walking and cycling]”.