New cycling and walking strategy

This article was published in 2001, in Newsletter 35.

Late in 1999 the County Council began reviewing its 1996 cycling strategy (see Transport Plan, Newsletter 28 ). This January, councillors at two successive committees were asked to approve ‘a draft outline strategy for developing cycling and walking within Cambridgeshire’.

The full draft is on the County web site.

The central ‘vision’ of the document is:

‘To maintain and encourage cycling and walking as attractive and practicable alternatives to the private car and as enjoyable, safe and healthy activities in their own right’.

We are pleased that the word ‘maintain’ recognises the importance of keeping existing cyclists.

There are very many positive items, and we have warmly welcomed the document, which is strong on asking cyclists what they want (something we have been asking for).

Perhaps the only note of caution to be sounded is that, before the document went to committee, we were asked to prioritise the document. It suddenly became a document of things that ‘could’ be done, rather than of things that ‘would’ be done.

However, with the anticipated increase in funding for local transport over the next few years, and with a proposed local guide of cycle facilities in Cambridgeshire based on Cycle Friendly Infrastructure , let’s hope we see the strategy well-implemented, to a high standard.

Clare Macrae