This article was published in 2019, in Magazine 145.
Citizens’ Assembly votes to restrict car access on city’s roads
Reallocating space to walking, cycling and public transport by closing roads to cars came out as the top measure promoted by members of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Citizens’ Assembly in October, with a flexible charging scheme the second most popular way to reduce congestion. Over 90% of attendees supported closing roads to through traffic after hearing evidence from a panel of experts on the options available. The event was the first time a citizens’ assembly has been called in the UK to discuss transport issues.
Camcycle was invited to speak on our vision for the city as part of the evidence gathered during the first weekend of the assembly. Members were asked to address the question: ‘How do we reduce congestion, improve air quality and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge?’
Council passes motion to take action on cycle theft
At a meeting on 17 October, city councillors unanimously agreed to pass a motion to tackle the high levels of unprosecuted cycle theft at the station Cyclepoint, which we have been highlighting for some time. Liberal Democrat councillor Anthony Martinelli said the situation was ‘an embarrassment to our cycling city’ and called for the council to write to Greater Anglia and Cambridgeshire Police and consider planning enforcement measures. Labour councillor Dave Baigent said it was a crime with real impact on those who relied on a cycle for transport.
Camcycle membership support grows beyond 1,400
This time last year, we were celebrating reaching 1,300 members. 2019 has seen an increase in the rate of membership growth and we’re now delighted to welcome 1,400 members who support our work for more, better and safer cycling. It’s a fantastic milestone to reach and amplifies our voice, but represents only around 1% of the city’s population in a place where over half the residents cycle at least once a week. So spread the word and sign up if you haven’t already – let’s go for 1,500 and beyond in 2020.
Join Camcycle online or renew your membership at camcycle.org.uk/membership
Highways England chief challenged on cycling design
In 2019, we’ve been campaigning to get Highways England to take seriously its responsibility to non-motorised road users. At a Transport Committee meeting on 23 October, Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner asked Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England, why the proposed junction of the A428 at Caxton Gibbet was not consistent with its own design for cycle traffic. Working with Cycling UK and others, we’re following up on O’Sullivan’s promise that he is ‘earnest in incorporating [the standard]’
Read more about our Highways England campaign on Cyclescape thread 2816