From the Chair

This article was published in 2016, in Newsletter 128.

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Camcycle has been busy campaigning over the last couple of months but we really need your support on the Chisholm Trail.

Some people in Cambridge would prefer the A14 to be widened to an eight-lane monster with multilevel stack interchanges rather than build a bridge to carry six thousand people a day over the river. Would you prefer an idyllic cycle bridge with virtually no impact, or a noisy, polluting, major urban motorway, and increased traffic congestion everywhere else?

Outspoken have moved to the Cowley Road area and will create a true cycling hub for the city, near the new station and at the top end of the Chisholm Trail; they obviously expect that new bridge to be built. Visitors from the Cycling Embassy toured our existing cycling infrastructure: wouldn’t it be good if the next time they could easily travel from the north of our city to the south on a pleasant, safe and mainly off-road route?

Emmanuel Street improvements are good news, as are locally grown vegetables biked to your door, but we still have lots of campaigning to do. Improving junctions, and especially roundabouts, will become critical to the success of cycling in our lovely city.

Finally, it’s getting darker earlier so take some bike lights with you so you don’t get caught out. They are available from all good bike shops. Why not pop in and get yourself a spare set just for good measure?

Robin Heydon