Petition (Sep 2004)
Within 24 hours, well over a hundred people sent an e-mail response to our petition arranged at short notice:
We, the undersigned, petition the Cambridgeshire County Council Cabinet to approve the experimental measures to permit two-way cycling along Trinity Street and St John’s Street between 10am and 4pm on Mondays to Saturdays.
Cabinet meeting (Tue, 7 Sep 2004)
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cabinet intervened to prevent this proposed experiment going ahead in its present form. Although the Cabinet appears to be generally supportive of the principle of two-way cycling it decided that the proposed scheme was unsuitable and would have put the council at risk of legal challenge.
- Text used for the petition speech, made available at the meeting
- The County Council has made available a webcast of the meeting, which includes a speech from a spokesperson for the Campaign.
The scheme has now been sent back to the Environment & Transport Area Joint Committee with a request to come back with an improved scheme with better arrangments for contraflow cycling along the narrower parts of the street.
Press release (Wed, 8 Sep 2004)
Two-way cycling in Trinity Street
Today County Councillors decided not to permit two-way cycling in Trinity Street and St John’s Street for the time being. Southbound one-way cycling has always been permitted at all times of day. A joint committee of the City Council and the County Council had recommended in July that two-way cycling should be allowed between 10am and 4pm because there is no adequate northbound route for cyclists through the City Centre at that time of day.
County Councillors today said that they favoured two-way cycling but were not convinced that the present proposals for an experimental scheme were safe. They asked for a safer scheme to be drawn up.
Cambridge Cycling Campaign strongly advocates the immediate introduction of a two-way cycling scheme in these streets between 10am and 4pm. At today’s meeting they drew attention to the majority support for two-way cycling in the public consultations earlier this year. They stressed that police had recorded no pedestrian or cyclist injuries in these streets during the past three years. The few motor vehicles allowed along the streets between 10am and 4pm have to observe a 10mph speed limit and give way to pedestrians. Cycling Campaign spokesman James Woodburn said: “We believe that the proposed experimental scheme would have been safe for all but we would welcome an improved scheme so long as it can be designed and implemented soon.”
Earlier campaigning – the Council’s consultation (June 2004)
- See also: Newsletter article
Write to the County Council about two-way cycling in Trinity Street and St John’s Street; Deadline: 18th June 2004
Here is the County Council’s material on the proposal to permit two-way cycling in Trinity Street and St John’s Street from 10am to 4pm when cycling in much of the rest of the City Centre is prohibited.
We urge Campaign members and others to e-mail or write in to the addresses given to state their personal views on the proposals before the 18th June deadline. County Officials are likely to group responses into categories of supporters and opponents for the decision-making committee, so it is important to send clear and unambiguous responses. Beware that if you say that you support 24-hour two-way cycling in these streets, this could be treated as an objection to the present scheme unless you also clearly state that you nevertheless support the proposals.
We understand that the County has been distributing a questionnaire in the relevant streets and we are concerned that this might inadvertently bias the results in favour of pedestrians simply because it is far easier to hand a questionnaire to a passing pedestrian than to a passing cyclist.