This article was published in 2016, in Newsletter 127.
15 May 2016
This was the fourth annual Awareness Ride but for the first time we omitted one of our two key routes. The overarching goal of a safe cycle link connecting Cambridge and Royston has always meant two threads on the annual ride – one starting from Royston and one from Trumpington Park & Ride – converging at Phillimore Garden Centre in Melbourn.
But the Royston ride, along a narrow and broken strip of ancient tarmac alongside the fast-moving A10, has become too dangerous, and we could not in good faith encourage people to use it.
Instead the good riders of Royston – including a gentleman in his 80s – got themselves to Cambridge (bikes on trains were suggested) and we all started together from there. Said gentleman quietly explained that it’s a bike he uses to access his Addenbrooke’s appointments and that the distance from Royston is something he has been used to all his life. That’s about 14 miles each way.
A great many young children joined this year’s ride. A twelve-year old girl spoke passionately to the Anglia TV cameras about the joy of self-propelling on two wheels in fresh air, rain or shine, from A to B. Why not go by bike? Our thanks to all for their support and enthusiasm.
Susan van de Ven