Change is in the air

This article was published in 2019, in Magazine 142.

Adam (left), Rosie (right)
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It feels good to have spring with us again, doesn’t it? It’s a great time to hop on the bike and see the daily changes – budding flowers, greener trees, chattering birds. To go with this burst of brightness, hope and optimism, our spring issue theme is ‘Growing and Changing’.

We start on a very happy note: it’s been twenty years in the making and great progress is being made on the Chisholm Trail. Our very own ray of light, Jim Chisholm, provides a full update on its exciting current status: construction is happening this year!

The rest of Cambridge has been growing and changing, too. We hear from people who have moved into recent developments such as Marmalade Lane, Cambridge’s first cohousing community. How good is the cycling provision? Are the people-first designs working as intended? What lessons can we learn for our community’s future developments? We look back at how things have changed for cycling in Cambridge over the last 50 years and consider what can help create places which will allow people to continue flourishing here. We also update you on some of the developments coming up – don’t forget to respond to the latest consultation on proposals for the Northern Fringe East.

Bike shops have long felt like a solid part of the Cambridge community. But how has Cambridge’s growth and change affected them? We hear from three independent bike shops about how they’ve endured, the challenges they face, and what they think the future holds. One of the more recent winds of change has been the growth of the electric bike. Already buzzing around in Europe, they’re now blooming here in the UK and are set to be amongst the biggest trends in cycling over the coming years. We find out why they’re surging, with insights from trade and personal experience.

With spring well and truly sprung, we’re looking ahead to even brighter things for the summer. We have another paid summer internship on offer: do you know anyone passionate about everyday cycling who can help us with campaigns, projects and the Cambridge Festival of Cycling? Find out more about what it involves and get in touch.

Adam Jenkins & Rosie Humphrey, Camcycle editors