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  • The first of the new County Travel Surveys mentioned in the last issue took place on Wednesday 26 August. Over 10 000 forms were distributed, including 900 to newly-signed-up Cycle Friendly Employer, Cambridge University Press.
  • On Sunday 22 November, the city centre cycling and motor vehicle ban will be applied from 12.30 pm to 6 pm, because of the launch of Christmas festivities. We haven’t objected to this, as it is a special event on the public highway rather than the beginning of a permanent restriction.
  • We also have news of another local cycling-related survey. Local publication Fen Edge News has recently distributed the Cycling in the Fen Edge Patch Survey, produced by Cottenham Village College Design Group. It seeks to find out about existing cycle paths, and find out what, if anything, discourages villagers from cycling into Cambridge.
  • Between 14 and 23 November, local cyclist Caryl Coomer will cycle 400 km from the Himalayas to the Ganges in aid of Mencap. Caryl is seeking sponsorship. You can contact her on phone 860081.
  • Peterborough City Council has opened the first stage of the Green Wheel, a Millennium Commission project to open a vaguely circular leisure cycling and walking route round Peterborough, serving major attractions such as Flag Fen. The project also includes ‘spokes’ linking the ‘wheel’ with the city’s urban core.
  • Last issue we publicised a set of phone numbers for reporting potholes. One of our members has told us that he phoned the Ely number at 2 pm one day, to report a pothole in Waterbeach. It had been patched before he got home that evening. I am impressed.
  • Holt Fen Bridge, a new footbridge over the River Ouse at its meeting with the River Cam, was officially opened on Saturday 1 August. It is a footpath, though, not a bridleway, so you can’t legally cycle over it.
  • We reported on cycle insurance in Newsletter 16. Recently, the CTC phone (01483) 417217 has made its Freewheeler insurance available to non-members.

Clare Macrae

CAMBRIDGE: Fire-fighters used a bucket of water to extinguish a bicycle fire in Drummer Street last night. (Cambridge Evening News, 8 August)
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