Your streets this month

This article was published in 2006, in Newsletter 67.

Core Stage 5

The Cambridge Traffic Management Area Joint Committee (AJC) considered the proposals for Core Stage 5 – Victoria Avenue and Maid’s Causeway part-time closure. They agreed to “support deferring implementation of traffic management measures…” and “request the officers to investigate traffic management measures … to include as possible options the provision of a pedestrian crossing by James Street, 20 mph speed restrictions, HCV restrictions and raised tables, along with any other suggestions and to report back to the AJC in January 2007”. See article.

The Committee also agreed to approve the making of an experimental Traffic Regulation Order for a 10am to 7pm taxi rank in Fair Street. This will be where there is at present disabled parking near to Fitzroy Street.

The National Cycle Network Route 11 from Shelford to Addenbrooke’s Hospital alongside the railway line should be open to cyclists and walkers from early August. This section will include the ‘Ten Thousandth Mile’ of the Network. More pictures

NCN11 Shelford to Addenbrooke's should be open from early August

Corn Exchange Street-Wheeler Street contra-flow cycle measures

The AJC agreed to approve the contra-flow cycle scheme for implementation. This will vastly improve cycling around Cambridge city centre as well as giving access to the new Grand Arcade cycle park.

Gonville Place crossing

It is now legal to turn right at the Gresham Road-Parker’s Piece crossing. But are cyclists paying too high a price for the privilege? Most of the new arrangements are decidedly cycle-unfriendly. See article.

Sheep’s Green Bridge

The bridge over the river connecting Trumpington Road and Newnham is now open for use. There is a good deal to be done before the work is complete, but there are now ridable ramps onto the bridge and we no longer need to bump our bicycles up the steps. See article.

Core Stage 4, St Andrew’s Street/Hobson Street

The County Council has published its consultation document on this part of Core Stage 4 and there will be an exhibition on display on the second floor of the Central Library until 19 August, the deadline for comments. The vision for cyclists seems to be somewhat at odds with the design. On the one hand the document says “Many people access the City Centre by cycle. Improving the safety and ease of access for cyclists is necessary to encourage more people to cycle.” On the other hand we are invited to comment on a number of points including “Some reduction in on-street cycle parking in the area, although the new cycle park provided as part of the Grand Arcade development will provide about 500 more spaces in the central area.” There is no mention that 500 spaces is well below the standard for the extra retail floor area provided by the Grand Arcade and Bradwell’s Court or the fact that the Grand Arcade has displaced about 150 formal spaces and much informal railing cycle parking. Please comment!

South Cambridgeshire

At its meeting on 19 June, the South Cambridgeshire Area Joint Committee approved the extension of the Histon to Girton cycleway for implementation within the jointly funded cycleways programme for 2006/2007. The County Council is now able to set aside £50,000 towards cycleways in South Cambridgeshire alongside its £50,000 contribution towards Jointly Funded Minor Highway Improvement (JFMHI) schemes. The extension of the Histon to Girton cycleway (which will form a link with the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway) has been identified by the County as a priority.

Also approved for inclusion in the JFMHI programme is the expenditure of £34,000 on provision for better crossing for pedestrians and cyclists in Cambridge Road, Fulbourn where two serious and nine slight accidents have been recorded. Bearing Gonville Place in mind, we need to keep an eye on the design!