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This article was published in 2019, in Magazine 144.

Work to begin in September on the new Dutch-style roundabout at Queen Edith’s Way and Fendon Road

Computer-generated picture of what the new roundabout will look like once the work is complete (Cambridgeshire County Council) and an example of the type of ‘pop-up cycle lane’ we’d like to see on Nightingale Avenue (Image: Bike Auckland).
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Construction of the new Dutch-style roundabout at the junction of Queen Edith’s Way, Fendon Road and Mowbray Road will start in September and is expected to last for around seven months.

The roundabout is being changed to improve safety in the area, particularly for those walking and cycling, who will be given priority over motor vehicles entering or leaving the roundabout on each arm. There will be a separate red tarmac cycle lane around the roundabout and the carriageway will be narrowed to reduce motor vehicle speeds. Pedestrians will be provided with zebra crossings on each of the four roundabout arms and on the crossing points over the cycle paths.

While the work takes place, both of the Queen Edith arms of the roundabout will be closed 24/7 for motor vehicles only (with access for residents) and most of the on-street parking will be removed from Nightingale Avenue to allow for bus diversions. We think this is the ideal opportunity to test out a pop-up cycle lane using temporary wands so that cyclists of all ages can use the route safely.

Read more on Cyclescape thread 1607

Three-phase cycle signals launched on Arbury Road

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New low-level cycle signals have been installed at the junction of Arbury Road and Campkin Road in North Cambridge as part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Cross-City Cycling scheme. They are a step on from the ‘advance green’ lights elsewhere in the city, as these signals have an amber phase too.

New Science Park lanes fail to deliver for walking and cycling

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At the end of June, Camcycle trustee Tom McKeown was shocked to discover substandard shared-use paths which give way at every side road (right) being laid in the Science Park, where he works. It was particularly disappointing given that the Science Park had initially consulted us on the scheme and made reference to our Making Space for Cycling guide in their planning documents.

After raising the issue with the Science Park and encouraging other employees to write in, the Park’s director Jeanette Walker agreed to meet with us. We’d like the Park to rectify this scheme and deliver better walking and cycling facilities across the site to reduce the very high current levels of car use among commuters.