This article was published in 2016, in Newsletter 127.
11 June 2016
On 11 June eleven of us enjoyed a leisurely cycling tour of a selection of Cambridge Growing Spaces, part of a Transition Cambridge project to reclaim unloved and underused public spaces around the city and transform them into edible landscaping. Along the 3.5 mile route (route vegetables… get it? Many thanks to Matthew Danish for the inspired pun) we stopped off at a variety of growing spaces, small and large, well established and recently created ones, and heard from the people who tend them.
There were no two bikes alike in the group. We had a little red foldable Brompton, a classic tourer, a racer, city bikes, and one made in 1930 with cool spoon brakes. Those with panniers came in very handy for the chard harvest.
It was my first time using CycleStreets and I found it a great help when planning the tour, particularly the option to choose between a fastest route, a balanced route, and a quiet route. The site provides a wealth of information, with pictures, elevation profile and CO2 emissions avoided, the latter particularly pertinent to Transition Cambridge’s own aims to promote a more sustainable life.