This article was published in 2004, in Newsletter 54.
Cambridge Research Park is a large (112 acre) office development beside the A10 north of Landbeach. It opened in 2002 and is still growing; when it has reached full capacity it will provide 600,000 square feet of office and R&D space. Unfortunately, from the point of view of cyclists, its location could hardly be worse. It is isolated from the nearest village, well away from both Cambridge and Ely, and accessible only by the busy A10.
Despite its unpromising location, once on the site the development itself has pretty good cycle provision, with large covered cycle racks for each building. A recent survey of employees on the site showed that 80% of those surveyed who travelled from the south said that they would like to cycle at least some of the time, but feel they can’t because of the dangers of the last mile of their journey.
There is a path of sorts from Waterbeach to Milton (although many would still opt for the Horningsea back route), but the last mile of the journey from Waterbeach to the Park is along the A10 itself. The high density of lorries is bad enough, but it also leads to cars behind the lorries ‘wandering’ within the lane, with no distant sight of any cyclist ahead. For the cyclist this stretch of road is a frightening experience and a fatal collision is inevitable. It is, therefore, imperative that proper protection is afforded to cyclists along this section, both for current cyclists, and to reassure would-be cyclists with dependants.