Cambridge Cycling Campaign and me
An abridged version of the article from Newsletter 121 (August – September 2015)
I moved (back) to Cambridge in October 1994: just as I was regaining my cycling confidence, I was invited to get involved with preparations for what became the launch of Cambridge Cycling Campaign on 16 June 1995. I remember my excitement at the launch evening, and collecting membership money from many new members – believing this was going to work.
Over the next 15 years I held various roles: treasurer, coordinator, liaison officer and treasurer again, until having to step down from the committee altogether in summer 2010, owing to pressures of work. One personal highlight was representing the Campaign on the judging panel for the design competition for Riverside Bridge.
There have been some very visible infrastructure projects over the years: the Jubilee Cycle Route, Jane Coston Bridge, Riverside Bridge, The Tins Path, The Genome Path, The Busway. There have been some significant policy changes too, such as the reduction in speed limits in several areas of the city. And 17 years after Jim Chisholm first wrote up his proposal for a route across the city, along the railway line, it is now accepted public policy – and major news seems imminent! This really shows the value of persistence.
On my daily 2.5 mile ride each way across the city, I now have the choice of four very pleasant independent routes, and I have just counted well over two dozen improvements to them, all made over the lifetime of the Campaign, and all thanks to the efforts of Campaign members and council officers and members.
I feel very fortunate to be able to live in a city with such a great cycling culture as Cambridge, and with ever improving cycleability! Heartfelt thanks to all those involved in Cambridge Cycling Campaign, and long may it continue to thrive, and improve the quality of life for so many people in the Cambridge area.