Cycling Shorts

This article was published in 2000, in Newsletter 29.

Hardwick Cycling Campaign has published the results of its residents survey. They had 82 replies. The average number of adults owning bikes per household was 1.7. The average number of children owning bikes per household was 1.5. 87% percent of people said the traffic put them off cycling. 95% of people said that they would cycle more if there was ‘appropriate safe cycle provision for Hardwick.’

The East of England Tourist Board has produced a new edition of their England’s Cycling Country brochure, promoting cycling in our region. They will launch a new series of Cycling Discovery maps in April. Each map will cost £1.50 and will detail a route of between 20 and 30 miles, with information about places to visit and refreshment stops. phone(01473) 822933

John Grimshaw, founder and director of Sustrans, the charity building the National Cycle Network, will be speaking in Cambridge 7.30 pm Tuesday 4 April in the Small Hall at the Guildhall.

CamBUC, the Cambridge Area Bus Users’ Campaign, will be launched on Saturday 8 April, at 2pm, at the Friends’ Meeting House, Jesus Lane. The main aim is to work for better public transport in the area, particularly transport that will be a genuine alternative to the car. Members are also interested in improving integration of public transport with other modes of transport, including cycling. We hope to hear more about CamBUC in a future Newsletter. phone527028 or 245533

This year’s opening of the Christmas decorations in Cambridge on Sunday 19 November will include a rather interesting cycling twist. It will include a performance of music written by Maurizio Kagel for 111 Bicycles . The performers all ride in a convoy, in two and threes, but at equal and close distance behind each other, hooting, ringing, and whistling as they go past the director. The organiser, Gillian Perkins, is looking for 111 volunteers to take part. There will be an essential rehearsal from 10:00 to 12:00 near the Market Square, and the performance is from 12:30 to 1:30. phone350544

Last year many groups promoting sustainable transport objected to the retaining of day-time car-parking at Clifton Road car park , when Babraham Road Park and Ride site opened – thereby increasing the supply of car-parking spaces and generating more motorised journeys. Still, at least there was a charge for using this car park – £2 up to four hours, £4 for longer. There is now a proposal to halve these charges – making all-day parking available for £2.00 close to the city centre.

From the minutes of Environment and Transport Committee, 27 January: ‘Whilst members could not agree additional funds from the Council’s limited budget [for an annual pedestrian crossings budget ], the principle of extending the joint cycleways budget to include facilities for pedestrians was supported. This also followed from the Council’s policy to encourage walking and cycling and guidance from DETR in the Local Transport Plan Letter emphasising the benefits of improved walking and cycling facilities.’ Ahhh – so that’s what ‘integrated transport’ means: split the limited budget over more modes!

Clare Macrae