Cycling 2020

This article was published in 2004, in Newsletter 57.

The Campaign’s Annual General Meeting (see Committee details elsewhere in this newsletter) approved the start of a major new Campaign initiative, Cycling 2020, which aims to equip the Campaign and decision-makers with a visionary document for cycling in Cambridge over the next 15 years.

The motion, as passed, read:

We move that, during the coming year, the Committee should produce a visionary document for cycling in the city over the next 15 years. The document would contain a series of achievable but challenging plans for the delivery of an attractive cycling infrastructure, and act as a focus for campaigning.

It would principally:

  • Give decision-makers a clearer idea of positive things the Campaign actually wants;
  • Provide a ‘pick-list’ of schemes which could be carried out (e.g. the Chisholm Trail; local schemes; opening up of blocked routes, etc)
  • Outline a clear list of theme-based objectives for action (e.g. removal of obstructions; increasing cycle parking to levels which actually meet demand).
  • Give a focus to get improvements to existing infrastructure.
  • Make suggestions on broader non-physical measures such as driver/cyclist education and training as well as enforcement issues.

Potentially this could also be a document which local Councillors (or those standing for election) might choose to state whether they agree with.

Now is the time to harvest the skills and knowledge of the active and engaged membership, as well as feeding in results from the Members’ Survey, to produce a visionary document that not only reflects the emerging transport landscape but looks beyond the lifetime of current local government strategies.

The Committee will begin work on Cycling 2020 in coming months.

Feedback and offers of help with this initiative would be much appreciated over the coming six months while this is worked on!

Martin Lucas-Smith, Co-ordinator