This article was published in 2019, in Magazine 144.
Cambridgeshire’s first parklet helps transform Mill Road
One year after we published our vision for Mill Road including ‘people-parking’ for a healthy street and social community, the first parklet in Cambridgeshire arrived! We’re extremely grateful to all those who planned, designed, built and supported this project (part of the Mill Road Summer initiative) including local councillors, architects, traders and residents.
Speaking at the official launch of the parklet on Saturday 27 July, our Executive Director Roxanne praised Romsey councillor Dave Baigent for working tirelessly to deliver the parklet and said the new public space had really brought the community together. She said, ‘Who would have thought that a few pallets could do so much?’ It may have been the first parklet, but we hope it won’t be the last.
Read more about Mill Road Summer
Cambridge MP raises our cycling issues in Parliament
On Tuesday 9 July, we were pleased to see Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner raise our concerns about disregard for cyclists on the A14 project (see page 25). Speaking at a meeting of the Transport Select Committee, he said ‘Sadly [Highways England]’s relationship in terms of cycling is not as good as it should be. They should not just be an agency for road-building, they need to be an agency for mobility.’
He also called for more incentives for e-bike sales and workplace cycling.
Watch the full meeting on Parliament TV
Camcycle and Tees unite to get more people cycling
Local law firm Tees was keen to support our work and in CamcycleQuest, our new cycling treasure hunt, we found the ideal project to collaborate on. ‘Cycling is already very much a part of Cambridge’s identity,’ said Janine Collier, Executive Partner at Tees. ‘However, any action that will encourage even more people to start using their bikes is highly deserving of support and we’re very happy to be sponsoring CamcycleQuest this summer.’
Quest booklets can be purchased online and at selected local bike shops.
Read more on page 28 and at cambridgefestivalofcycling.org/camcyclequest
Stall bike arrives in John Lewis to promote cycling to work
After our picnic-themed collaboration in 2018, we were delighted to be invited back into John Lewis this year for Cycle to Work Day on Thursday 8 August. Our two interns, Beth and Ellie, talked to staff and customers about cycling to work and gave out free resources including Cambridge cycle maps and our top tips for cycling to work. They were joined by Emma from Love to Ride and Dolly from the John Lewis Style Studio who brought along some examples of cycle-friendly outfits for chic commutes.
Download our top 10 tips for cycling to work at camcycle.org.uk/cycletowork