This article was published in 2021, in Magazine 152.
New members join our work for change as traffic returns to Mill Road
Camcycle welcomed 46 new members this summer, with a noticeable spike in registrations following the decision by the county council Highways & Transport Committee to remove the bus gate on Mill Road bridge. Sad, disappointed or outraged, but wanting to work for change, some had been prompted to join following a passionate post by a Camcycle member on the NextDoor app.
It’s clear that many people in Cambridge want to see safer streets, better air quality and lower carbon emissions and Mill Road transformed into a place for people. We were extremely disappointed with the council’s decision but will continue to press for it to abide by the coalition promises on health and climate set out earlier in the year, the Mayor’s call for improvements and the pledge for a timely new consultation.
Campaign success as bridge barriers are to be removed
Despite the Mill Road disappointment, we did have one piece of good news from the Highways & Transport committee in July: councillors voted unanimously for the removal of the dangerous and exclusionary barriers by the A14 active travel bridges at Swavesey and Bar Hill. The barriers will be replaced by more suitable bollards. Huge thanks to everyone who organised and supported this campaign for inclusive design.
Read more about our work to enable cycling for all.
City’s first ‘Cyclops’ junction comes to Histon Road
In 2018, we campaigned for a safer junction at Gilbert Road as part of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) Histon Road project. This led to a new design: a Cycle Optimised Protected Signals (CYCLOPS) junction based on proposals from a scheme in Hulme, Manchester. That junction opened last year and soon Cambridge will have its turn too, as the Histon Road project is due to be completed this autumn.
Read more about GCP projects.
Anna named as one of Cycling UK’s 100 women in cycling
We’re delighted that our Communications Officer Anna Williams has been named as one of Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling for 2021. We’re sure our supporters will agree that Anna’s contribution to Camcycle and cycling in Cambridge has been transformative, as she works to create impactful and positive campaigns that encourage more people to cycle or to take action to improve conditions for cycling.