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This article was published in 2020, in Magazine 147.

Spaces to Breathe campaign unites Cambridgeshire

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The coronavirus pandemic is the biggest challenge many of us have seen in our lifetimes and the emergence from lockdown constraints brings further hurdles to overcome.

Camcycle’s Spaces to Breathe campaign aims to keep people healthy, strengthen communities, protect the NHS and help rebuild the local economy by helping more people to cycle, walk and stay active safely. We’ve gathered suggestions and support from residents, councillors and local groups across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and some of these ideas look set to be put into practice very soon, transforming communities across the region and starting to rebuild a positive future.

Campaign success keeps Adams Road safe from buses

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Cyclists on Adams Road, one of the city’s busiest cycle routes, are safe from buses and could soon find themselves riding along a new ‘healthy street’ as the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) decided against routing a busway down the road.

The GCP mentioned concerns from stakeholders as one of the factors that influenced their decision, so we’d like to thank all our members who supported the strong campaign from local residents. We hope to see the removal of car parking as the first step to a safer, healthier street.

Camcycle spreads the word online and around the world

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As the Camcycle team locked down for the coronavirus pandemic we had to swiftly get to grips with new online technology.

Monthly meetings have been broadcast on Facebook, trustee meetings have been conducted on Zoom and weekly socials held using Jitsi Meet. New online ways of working have also allowed us to share insights with cycle campaigners around the UK and further afield. Our Executive Director Roxanne has even hosted global webinars for the Urban Cycling Institute at the University of Amsterdam!

June monthly meeting marks Camcycle’s 25th anniversary

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Camcycle’s meeting on 2 June was a 25th anniversary special, streamed live on Facebook. We hope to be able to gather together in person for real-life cake sometime in the next few months!

Roxanne and Anna spoke about Camcycle’s current work and vision for the future. Guest speakers Clare Macrae, David Earl, Simon Nuttall and Martin Lucas-Smith took us back through the organisation’s archives exploring its formation, early events and memorable campaign successes.

Watch footage of our April, May and June meetings at camcycle.org.uk/videos