Cycling shorts

Construction has started on a shared-use cycle track along the outbound side of Newmarket Road between the Airport Way roundabout and Stow-cum-Quy. Although the new track will only be 2 m wide (whereas national standards specify a minimum of 3 m for two-way paths), and although it’s too early to know how smooth the surface will be, the track will be a big improvement on the existing narrow and bumpy path. The first section to be built is from beyond the first lay-by to High Ditch Road, where work has now started. The path is being laid with stone kerbs on each side, and with a width of between 1.5 and 2.0 m. From High Ditch Road to the tunnel under the A14, all the utility companies have been carefully marking where their wires and pipes are located, but the digging has not yet begun.

On 8 November there were a couple of diggers somewhat casually parked next to the Quy roundabout, so it may be that work on the traffic lights at the B1102-A1303 junction is about to start, too. The local parish council has said that the plan has been approved, and the original intention was to start before the end of the year if possible.

The speed limit for St Neots Road, Hardwick, was reduced from 60 to 40 mph at the beginning of September. Advisory cycle lanes have been added to make the road look narrower and the entrance to the village is now more clearly marked with a coloured road surface and additional signage. Early indications are that traffic speeds have reduced considerably throughout the village.

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This bridge was repaired.

At the end of September we reported to Railtrack that there was a rotten timber on the Tins railway bridge (the path over the quarry between one end of Mill Road and Cherry Hinton). It was fixed on 12 October. We are still trying to find a way to get that bridge, and the one at Burnside, improved. The Burnside bridge (at the Mill Road end of the Tins path) is too narrow for many cycle trailers, and is slippery when wet. Sight lines on the Tins railway bridge are poor, as we reported back in Newsletter 20 (October 1998).

Cambridgeshire County Council has been named Local Authority of the Year at the inaugural National Transport Awards.

An advertising campaign has been telling motorists of the £80 Penalty Charge for driving or parking in one of London’s 700 bus lanes. The campaign includes roadside posters, radio ads, ads on the backs of buses, posters at bus stops and adverts on car park barriers throughout London. Companies whose employees regularly drive in London, and fleet and hire companies, also received information directly. We’d love to see work like this in Cambridge, or nationally, covering both bus and cycle lanes. More information, including fascinating details of the roadside and on-bus video systems being used to gather evidence for prosecution of offending drivers, can be found on Transport for London’s web site, http://www.streetmanagement.org.uk

Nigel Deakin, Mike Causer, Paul McMahon and Clare Macrae