Cycling Shorts

This article was published in 2001, in Newsletter 34.

Cambridgeshire Trading Standards Service has completed the first audit of the six cycle hire companies who have signed-up to the County Council’s Bicycle Safe Hire Scheme. The Safe Hire Code of Practice , along with current safety legislation, was used to check that the traders were ensuring that their cycles, and their maintenance methods, were in accordance with the scheme. All cycles had to be fitted with lights, reflectors, and chainguards and supplied with locks and baskets. There will be a seminar about the scheme on 6 February for cycle hire operators and language schools.

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Fen Causeway – at least when this narrowing was introduced, the carriageway width remained constant, a cycle lane was introduced through the narrowing, and a left-turn lane was shortened, helping cyclists turning right

Peterborough has one of the UK’s nine trial Home Zones. Work has now begun, with road closures using concrete pipes, to implement their Home Zone on an experimental basis in an area called New England (specifically in Shakespeare Avenue, Crown Street and Thistlemoor Road). In addition, ‘Kill Your Speed’ signs have been erected at key positions throughout the area.

Just as this newsletter was being prepared for the printers, we were also preparing for a presentation to politicians and officers at the City Council. More news on this next time.

The Transport Research Laboratory is studying the effect of road narrowings on cyclists. We wrote to them last year suggesting some Cambridgeshire examples.