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This article was published in 2020, in Magazine 148.

Camcycle’s love for Dutch design makes national news

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It had been hard to remember amid all the debate on the Fendon Road roundabout’s cost and delays, that the scheme was a UK-first and of national (and international) interest. The country’s cycling capital was setting the standard once more.

Curious, celebratory, sceptical – in the days following the roundabout’s opening, the press and public weighed in. One Cambridge News journalist tested it as a driver and declared it ‘quite simple to follow’ and a big accomplishment for the city, while our Executive Director’s verdict on the experience for cyclists made it into The Times, The Evening Standard and The Daily Mail. Let’s hope another ‘small piece of Dutch cycling heaven’ comes along soon!

Read more about the Dutch roundabout and watch footage of the opening at

Camcycle members swing the decision on retail park bollard

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Camcycle would like to thank everyone who wrote to members of the Planning Committee to asked them to prioritise the safety of shoppers in Cambridge Retail Park and reinstall the bollard outside Homebase – we know those emails influenced many councillors’ views and on 21 July, the committee voted 6 to 2 against the removal of the bollard.

Owing to the time that had elapsed since the application, it now needs to go to a government inspectorate – we’ll report back on the final decision once we hear it.

Sign of the times – more roadworks notices corrected

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In our ongoing battle to remind highways authorities and contractors that roads are not just for cars, we frequently call for better communications about how roadworks will affect cyclists and pedestrians along with better on-site signage too.

Our calls for improvements at Histon Road led to new ‘Except Cycles’ signs being added and a readjustment of the road layout to remove unnecessary obstructions. For newly filtered roads, we recommend reminders that the street is now ‘open’ to more people.

Magazine volunteers make a difference in 2020

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Following two successful years at the Cambridge Community Magazine Awards, we had high hopes again for 2020 before the impact of Covid-19 cancelled the ceremony this summer.

However, we know that your time, knowledge and articles are making a difference as several new members and donors have praised our work and thanked us for campaigns they have read about in the magazine. Thank you so much to everyone who helps us get our message out there.