Co-ordinator’s comment

This article was published in 2014, in Newsletter 112.

This month I’m very excited to be able to write about the current proposals for Huntingdon Road, funded under the government’s Cycle City Ambition grant programme.

Ambition is something which has often been lacking in schemes nationwide for cycling. Although we have excellent examples of cycle infrastructure abroad, which get large numbers of people of all ages and abilities cycling, there has been resistance to following this example in the UK. Without the will to reallocate space and funds to do so, attempts to increase cycling through promotion alone are bound to fail, as they have failed for several decades.

We have been increasingly critical of poor quality schemes in the last year or two and are very pleased to be able to work with Cambridgeshire County Council to give feedback on proposals which meet our aspirations to provide safe and convenient cycling facilities for all ages. I am therefore delighted by what I have seen of the Huntingdon Road proposals, which deserve the Cycle City Ambition name.

This scheme will see a 2.1m or wider single-direction cycle lane, separated from both motor traffic and pedestrians, with priority over side-roads (see article for further details).

The Huntingdon Road proposals go to consultation in February. I hope that you will feel as positively about them as I do. Although we at Cambridge Cycling Campaign have often been guilty of this ourselves, it is important to remember that consultations are not just an opportunity to object, but also to confirm the demand for high quality cycling infrastructure. Please respond to the consultation, whatever your views, and make your voice heard.

Although we do not know how consultation will change these proposals, what is being proposed by the County Council is bold, cycle-friendly, and unknown in Cambridge and the rest of the UK. I thank the officers for their work on this, and hope this will set new standards and expectations for cycle infrastructure in the UK.

Hester Wells