Park and Cycle?

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Anne Campbell MP at the launch

The official opening of the University of Cambridge’s Park and Cycle scheme took place on Thursday 26 April, but we missed the spectacle of Anne Campbell MP, Vice-Chancellor Sir Alec Broers, and 22 others riding a 24-seater bike as this broke down on the motorway!

With the continuing expansion of the University in the city centre, building has taken place (or is about to take place) on locations previously used for parking. Park and Cycle provides an alternative to driving into the city, with 300 car parking places and initially 150 secure cycle lockers for University employees. These car parking spaces allow those working on University city centre sites to complete their journey by bike, which can be left overnight in a secure locker.


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Ceremonial departure opened the Park and Cycle site

University employee Philippa Smith explained why she decided to join the Park and Cycle scheme:

I was keen to get a place so that I could combine my journey to work with a chance to get fit! It is a much more pleasant route into the centre along the cycle paths and it beats sitting in traffic.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign welcomes the reduction in parking places in the city centre, and the initiative of the University in providing the £1.5 million Park and Cycle Scheme, but I wonder if the same money spent elsewhere might not have reduced car trips into the centre by more than 300 per day.

Jim Chisholm