Cycling ban in Christmas CRACA

This article was published in 1997, in Newsletter 14.

We’ve been informed by Cambridgeshire County Council that CRACA (the Cambridge Retail and Commercial Association) has requested extensions to the 10am-4pm traffic restrictions in the City Centre Pedestrian Zone to cover planned Christmas events.

The dates are:

  • Evening of Wednesday 12 November (for a maximum of 4 hours)
  • Sundays 10am-4pm: 16, 23 and 30 November and 6, 13 and 20 December

We talked about this at our September meeting, and have replied with a number of comments. We felt that any Sunday ban would be unenforceable, because many cycle journeys would begin and end within the area of the ban, and so signs and barriers at entrance points would not be sufficient. Many cyclists simply would not know about it.

We thought a better solution might be to install prominent, temporary ‘Cyclists Give Way to Pedestrians’ signs, but not to allow the usual exemptions for permit holders, as this would negate the supposed ‘safety’ improvements.

Also, the evening closure on Wednesday 12th November would have a big impact on commuting cyclists. In the unfortunate event of temporary traffic orders being issued, we requested that these closures should be very clearly signposted well in advance, with the exact dates and times of closures.

We were also concerned that this might be a precursor to a more permanent extension of the cycling ban, and we said that we would strongly oppose such a measure. However, we do feel that legal Sunday car parking should be re-examined now that the City Centre is so busy on Sundays.

Clare Macrae