Our Safe Junctions campaign calls on local authorities to take rapid action on dangerous junctions across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We want them to immediately address all locations that have seen recent collisions and remove safety issues for people walking, cycling and using other active travel modes at junctions across the county.
Did you know that Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (now the Vision Zero Partnership) aimed to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries to cyclists by 40% between 2015 and 2020, but it actually rose 2% instead?
The last six months have been some of the most terrible we’ve known for cyclist injuries and deaths in our region. A person in his 50s was killed cycling near Royston. Chris Mardlin was killed near Huntingdon Jubilee Park. A young physiotherapist, Anna Garratt-Quinton, was killed on her way to work at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge. A man in his 50s was killed at the junction of Little Wilbraham Road and the A1303. Several other people have been left with life-changing injuries, and a pedestrian, Kathleen Pitts, was killed on the southern section of the Busway path, close to the spot where Steve Moir was killed while cycling home in 2018.
It’s time to ensure no more lives are needlessly cut short, no more families are left suffering.
In memory of Anna Garratt-Quinton, Camcycle placed a white ghost bike at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout at 8am on the morning of 14 October, one week after her death. We also launched the campaign for Safe Junctions, calling on those who make decisions on transport in the region to take rapid action on dangerous junctions across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Five months later, we placed another ghost bike near the A1303 to call for action on rural routes.
We want to see all locations that have seen recent collisions immediately addressed and safety issues removed for people walking, cycling and using other active travel modes at junctions across the county. The Vision Zero Partnership must lay out its plans for all 45 of the current ‘collision cluster sites’. The Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston, who has already declared road safety to be one of his priorities, must make clear how he will eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our county’s roads. The Addenbrooke’s roundabout must be immediately reviewed, with conflicts between motor vehicles and vulnerable road users designed out and priority given to buses and emergency vehicles. The principles of safe, healthy and accessible transport must be urgently integrated into every aspect of local transport and planning policy. All local authorities must work together on an audit of junctions, based on the latest government standards on inclusive cycle infrastructure design, LTN 1/20, to identify urgent improvements and make active travel safe.
We’re asking transport decision-makers in Cambridgeshire to take rapid action on dangerous junctions. We want them to immediately address all locations that have seen recent collisions and remove safety issues for people walking, cycling and using other active travel modes at junctions across the county.
Raise awareness of the junctions and rural routes that you would like to see improved. Call for faster action on active travel projects including the Greenways. Tell them about the places you feel unsafe.
Please support the work of our charity and help pay for our campaigning costs as we raise awareness of this campaign and press for action from local authorities. With your help, we can have an even greater impact. You can also donate directly to Camcycle via our donation page or get in touch to discuss other ways of giving including the opportunity to become a Camcycle corporate supporter.
Anna Garratt-Quinton’s family are fundraising for a memorial to their daughter; some of the remaining funds will support our work for Safe Junctions. Donate via the memorial page here.
If you’d like to know more about this campaign, can help as a volunteer or are from a publication who would like a statement or press release about this campaign, please get in touch.
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