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First signs of rebuilding Cutter Ferry Bridge as the area is fenced off.
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As we were going to press, work was due to start on demolishing much of the old Cutter Ferry Bridge across the River Cam, which was closed just over a year ago. The £300,000 scheme, due for completion in Spring 2005, will allow cyclists to ride across, and will improve access for pedestrians too.

On 5 October this year, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Road Safety Team took over responsibility for running Cambridge’s Adult Cycle Training Scheme. The scheme, which was previously run by the Cambridgeshire Travel for Work Partnership, provides one-to-one training sessions to help cyclists of any level of experience. New contact details are: phone (01223) 717385 e-mail roadsafety@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

How disappointing to see that the temporary Robert Sayle store in Burleigh Street, which opened at the end of September, is actively encouraging customers to drive, and not bothering to mention walking, cycling or local bus services. The website says:

We’re easy to reach by car and the Park and Ride buses stop almost outside. Why not take advantage of our introductory discounted parking offer of £1 off the cost of your parking when you make any purchase in the shop? This offer only applies to the Grafton East and West car parks.

The British Medical Association has quietly changed its mind about compulsory helmet wearing for cyclists. For about five years its policy has been pro-helmet but anti-helmet law, but in a recent press release covering all aspects of public health it added at the end of a section encouraging exercise, ‘and the Government should legislate for the compulsory wearing of cycle helmets’. A hard-to-find article on its website says the former policy was based on flawed evidence. You can find a petition against the BMA decision at www.bikebiz.co.uk/bma-petition.php or the BMA itself at www.bma.org.uk.

Bike and Rail is a new 52-page guidance leaflet from the Department for Transport and the Countryside Agency. It is intended to help promote combined cycling and rail schemes throughout the country. It’s DfT reference TAL 04/04.

The DfT has announced £10 million to develop safe walking and cycling routes to more than 230 schools. The Links to Schools programme will extend the National Cycle Network, bringing it closer to schools and making it easier and safer for pupils to walk or cycle. A School Transport Bill should also bring the first changes to school transport legislation in over 60 years, allowing local education authorities to develop innovative solutions to school transport problems.

Some cycle lock manufacturers have offered to replace their shackle (‘U’) locks with cylindrical keys after recent publicity about how very easy they are to pick. If you rely on any tube key lock for a bike you value, and the key is shaped like a cylinder, replace the lock with a better one.