From the Chair

This article was published in 2018, in Newsletter 137.

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It is getting warmer. The snow is over, hopefully, and the days are getting longer. That only means one thing. Yes, the Reach Ride is almost here: the annual cycle ride from Cambridge to Reach to visit the fair. Of course, I’m looking forward to the cake stall in Bottisham.

This time we have some interesting quotes from the presentation by Lucy Marstrand, who was featured in the previous issue. We also have an article that summarises the work of Julien Bouvet who wanted to ask the simple question of why cycling is so popular in Cambridge and whether it was the culture or the infrastructure.

Speaking of culture and infrastructure, we would like to explain what walking priority at side roads should look like, and we have an article from Bev who is trying to set up a walking advocacy group. Also, we discuss our street cycle parking project, extending the very successful cycle parking programme on Thoday Street to other streets. If you’d like to take part, please get in touch.

School kids at the Shirley Primary School want to be able to cycle safely. There was a proposal for a safe cycleway but it was discarded. Now the GCP is only planning to install unprotected lanes, but some of our members who are parents of children there want to change that.

We also have articles about bicycles, electric and folding, along with ideas for fixing junctions on Hills Road. Do look inside, get excited, get involved and join us on the Reach Ride!

Robin Heydon