This article was published in 1999, in Newsletter 23.
We were very pleased to discover that during the widening of the Science Park entrance, a reservoir for cyclists leaving the park has been created, and that it also has an approach lane, to help cyclists turning right towards town. Thank you!
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Bidwells and Trinity College have applied to install two Zebra crossings on roads within the Science Park, to help staff from some companies cross from one site to another during the working day. The County’s recommendation was to refuse permission, because not enough people would use the crossings, and not enough people were being injured there. We can of course understand the need for spending criteria to ensure the Council prioritises its own spending. But what was alarming here was that the recommendation was instead to install central refuges, to slow motor vehicles. We don’t have any problem with slowing cars down, but central refuges would pinch the many cyclists travelling around the Science Park, much as we have seen in Milton High Street. We wrote to the committee explaining our concerns about cyclists potentially being squeezed. The decision has been deferred, for now, as local councillors asked to be consulted first. There’s a broad issue at stake here. Nationally, there does seem to be a fairly clear understanding about what makes the difference between cycle-friendly and cycle-unfriendly traffic calming, but we are concerned that it’s not being translated into reality locally.
A new business, Corporate Cycles, has set up a cycle fleet service for the Science Park. From £15 a month, companies can rent a fully-maintained bike in a variety of styles. Their literature contains a ‘White Paper’ with some fairly inspirational stuff about the pleasure, health benefits and convenience of cycling (OK, so this company has a product to sell, but I’d love to see our local councils extolling the virtues of this mode of transport so convincingly). Anything which helps local businesses support cycling is to be encouraged. They also say they offer a truly No Hassle service, with supplies of bike maps and regular updates from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. It’s nice to know that we are a unique selling feature – though they haven’t responded to my several enquiries about these updates yet! For more information, see
www.corporatecycles.responses.com, or call 505246.