Campaign update: Zero Carbon Streets

This article was published in 2021, in Magazine 153.

Zero Carbon Streets is a campaign to help groups across Cambridgeshire work together for a green recovery from Covid-19 and to play our part in reducing carbon emissions. Together with communities across the county, we want to create a vision of an inspiring zero-carbon future and show decision-makers the important role that cycling and walking can have in tackling the climate crisis.

Traffic reduction subgroup

In addition to providing support for individual groups (e.g. sharing advice on infrastructure campaigning and raising questions at local transport meetings), for the last few months we have been bringing people together to discuss issues of traffic reduction across the city and beyond. Small groups are more powerful when they work together: what would a city look like that meant cycling was safe and pleasant on both Arbury Road and Coldham’s Lane? How should we talk about traffic reduction to our decision-makers and the general public? What cities inspire us? How should we best respond to the Making Connections consultation?

Contact us if you would like to join the group or have ideas on where best to focus our joint efforts.

Inspiration for new modal filters

Map of rat-run streets Many low-traffic neighbourhoods already exist across the country, but they’ve never been mapped before. At our November monthly meeting Martin and Simon put their CycleStreets hats on to share the work they’ve been doing on a UK-wide analysis of modal filters (bollards, gates, cycle contraflows etc), with Cambridge as one of the main areas of study. They also looked at driver routing, to enable them to identify both existing low-traffic neighbourhoods and potential rat-runs: this will help us to identify the places where we can best work with local groups to call for improvements.

Access the mapping tool at https://ltns.cyclestreets.net with the password ltnsarenotnew.

These machines fight climate change

Cyclists on our #PedalonCOP26 rideOn 6 November, Camcycle joined the Global Day of Action and the national #PedalOnCOP26 to show that cycling is part of the climate solution. Over 100 people joined us as we rode from Mill Road into the city centre. At Great St Mary’s church we met hundreds of others to march to the Climate Fair on Parker’s Piece.

Organised by Cambs COP26 Coalition – a civil society coalition which links a range of local environmental and social justice groups – the event aimed to encourage delegates in Glasgow to reach binding international agreements to reduce global warming. At 3pm, we rang our bicycle bells to help sound the climate alarm.

Big Give Christmas Challenge
We’re fundraising for Zero Carbon Streets through the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021, from noon on 30 November to noon on 7 December. Please consider supporting us at this time.

Local groups
Are you part of a group working for better walking and cycling in Cambridgeshire? We’d love to hear from you!

Read about some other Zero Carbon Streets champions in this magazine.