Cycling Shorts

This article was published in 1999, in Newsletter 22.

South Cambridgeshire District Council voted to contribute £15,000 towards cost of CCTV at a Waterbeach car park, but by borrowing money from this year’s cycleways budget (Cambridge Evening News, 12 November). We hope this will be paid back next year, with interest.

We recently heard of another business offering free home delivery. Cambridge Wine Merchants (formerly Bin Ends), of 2 Mill Road, and 32 Bridge Street, delivers within the local area.

Chris Lloyd, of Chris’s Bikes, has opened a shop at 2 Thornton Way, Girton, and Cycling Campaign members receive discounts.

Nearly three months after the introduction of new parking restrictions in Cambridge city centre, one Tuesday at 9.45 pm, we found 12 cars parked in the Market Square alone! We knew the plan was for a phased introduction of enforcement, but we didn’t think it was going to take this long. The modifications to signs in the area have been completed. Whilst I can understand the need to be somewhat subtle with road signs and yellow-lining in the ‘Historic City Centre’, I do feel that most motorists would be extremely unlikely to notice the subtle changes involved, and could perhaps be excused for not realising the rules had changed. The most useful way to enforce the regulations would be to fill some of the old parking bays with Sheffield cycle stands – leaving a suitable amount of space for shop deliveries, of course.

In September last year, the charge for carrying bikes by taxi (i.e. Hackney Carriage) went up from £1 to £2. The charge also applies to folding bikes, even if they are packed away in a carrying case. Incidentally, the City Council controls charges only for taxis. Private hire cars (which is what you get when you phone to book a cab) are not regulated in this way, and can charge what they like.

In November, Cambridgeshire County Council launched its first Travel for Work Plan for the Shire Hall site, with a very impressive four-sided colour newsletter. The idea is to give all staff clear information about cycling, public transport, pool cars, car sharing, teleworking, and even a staff bus. In support of this plan, staff have negotiated an increase in the maximum tax-free cycling mileage allowance, from the oft-quoted 6.5p to 10p. We had hoped that this might be transferable to other companies, but it looks as if every company has to negotiate individually with its own tax office.

As we reported last issue, the Fen Cycleways Package failed to receive TPP funding for the second year running. However, the County Council hopes to use roughly 20% of the £700,000 which was allocated for Minor Works to carry out the highest-priority sections, and to secure matching European funding.

Consultancy firm Babtie is carrying out a study, on behalf of the Highways Agency, into the future development of the A14 between Felixstowe and the M6 junction. STEER (Sustainable Transport and Environment for the Eastern Region), of which we are a member, has been represented at the workshops.

Clare Macrae