Cycling Shorts

There are at least three sponsored bike rides happening soon. On Sunday 4 June, there is the Cambridge Wheel ride, in aid of Action Research, with a choice of 28 or 43 mile circular routes. On Sunday 2 July, there is the Ninth Heritage ride in aid of Action Research. This features 25 and 50 mile circular routes starting from Long Melford (near Sudbury in Suffolk). The biggest local ride is the London to Cambridge Bike Ride on Sunday 23 July, in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. For further details, contact the following:

Cambridge Wheel phone (01473) 219499 e-mail camwheel@actionr14.freeserve.co.uk

Ninth Heritage phone (01473) 219499

London to Cambridge phone (01225) 480130 e-mail events@breakthrough.org.uk

John Grimshaw John Grimshaw, founder and director of Sustrans, spoke to a packed audience in Cambridge on 4 April. He covered the history of Sustrans, the National Cycle Network (saying he regretted that the first phase didn’t come through Cambridge), Safe Routes to Schools and a new project, addressing convenient, safe access to rail and bus stations. (To any members who didn’t see the announcements in the last Newsletter that we’d cancelled our monthly meeting at short notice because of the talk – sorry if you had a wasted journey.)

Cambridge University Press, as members of the Cycle Friendly Employers Scheme, have agreed to implement four measures to help encourage staff to cycle to work: a fleet of pool bikes, an on-site cycle mechanic, a mileage allowance for business trips by bike and staff cycle training.

If you know anyone who would like some help or encouragement to start to cycle, or who would like to improve their confidence and cycling skills, do tell them about Cambridge’s Adult Cycle Training scheme. Each 1 or 2 hour session is tailored to the individual needs of the rider. A two hour lesson costs £12. For more information, phone (01223) 712455 e-mail training@cfe.org.uk.

Hardwick Cycling Campaign have presented a petition to the County Council, calling for a cycle path to be provided from the T-junction at St Neots Road-Cambridge Road, Hardwick via Madingley Road to the Coton turn-off.

The British Horse Society and others have been pressing to ensure that a bridge is provided by the Cambourne developers, to safeguard a bridleway for horse riders, walkers and cyclists crossing the A428.

The City Council has a modest amount of money to spend each year in its small works budget to benefit cyclists. In the past two years much of this money has been spent at the ends of the commons paths on replacing stiles and gates with cattle grids, a boon for users of these paths. If you have a suggestion to make for this year’s budget, do let us know, or contact John Isherwood at Cambridge City Council directly. However, remember that money does not go far, so you won’t get a cycle path or a set of traffic lights out of this budget!

Clare Macrae