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This article was published in 2021, in Magazine 153.

Campaign success! Eight active travel trials will be made permanent

Woman and child cycling through the modal filter on Carlyle Road

Thanks to everyone who supported the campaign for Spaces to Breathe in Cambridgeshire eight experimental schemes installed during the Covid-19 pandemic will now be made permanent. Modal filters on Carlyle Road, Luard Road, Nightingale Avenue, Storey’s Way, Silver Street and in the Newtown area of Cambridge will stay (along with any necessary improvements) and the one-way system on Bell Hill in Histon and removal of parking on Station Road in Ely will also be kept.

All the Cambridge schemes showed impressive results, delivering increased levels of walking and cycling and safer, more pleasant streets for residents. County councillors on the Highways & Transport Committee voted unanimously to retain them, following universal support from the Greater Cambridge Partnership. Now it’s time to create some more…

Read more about our campaign for Spaces To Breathe in this magazine.

Camcycle rides on COP26 as part of Global Day of Action

Group of people with bikes and protest flags

We were delighted with the turnout for our Pedal on COP26 ride, part of a Global Day of Action during the Glasgow climate conference. Cycling UK-affiliated groups across the country hosted rides to declare: ‘This machine fights climate change’, and help push cycling up the agenda. Locally, we joined groups including the Cambs COP26 Coalition and Mill Road 4 People to show Cambridge the inspiring power of pedals!

Read more about our campaign for Zero Carbon Streets in this magazine.

Coop members raise nearly £7,000 for Camcycle’s work

Roxanne from Camcycle being presented with a big cheque from the Coop

On 18 November, we picked up a giant cheque from Stephen at the Co-op store on Histon Road. Co-op members in the area have raised a massive £6,820.87 for Camcycle through the Co-op Local Community Fund!

The money will be used to support our Zero Carbon Streets campaign, empowering local groups to work for active travel improvements in their communities.

Two of the groups selected for the next year will support cycling so why not choose Papworth Trust or Mayfield PTA as your next cause? Papworth Trust is raising money to enable 15 young people with learning disabilities to attend a three-month bicycle maintenance, repairs and employability course at OWL Bikes, and Mayfield want to install some bike shelters to encourage more families to cycle to school.

Sarah rides into the Camcycle team as our cargo bike intern

Woman with a cargo bike full of children

At the end of October, we welcomed Sarah Hughes as our new intern, working on the county council’s City Changer Cargo Bike project to promote and celebrate cargo cycling for families and businesses. She’ll be part of the team until February.

Sarah’s an experienced cargo cyclist who is passionate about everyday cycling and had previously worked with Camcycle as a policy project volunteer. If you have a cargo bike story to tell, please get in touch!

Cambridge City Council provides new cycle stores for council properties

Outdoor cycle store

As part of a social media celebration of the green changes it is making, Cambridge City Council announced that it is introducing secure cycle stores like this one in Arbury to council housing estates across the city. Have you used one or seen one near you? We’d love to hear some local stories from residents benefiting from this new parking.

Rutland Cycling expands e-bike range

The recent expansion of Rutland Cycling’s Barnwell Road store has transformed it into a specialist electric bike and electric cargo bike centre, where you can now browse 75 different electric bikes! Brands and models include Giant, Specialized, Whyte, Kalkhoff, Gazelle, Focus, Babboe and Brompton.