This article was published in 2008, in Newsletter 78.
Cambridge’s first new crossing of the River Cam for almost 40 years opens on 5th June 2008. It will join up the Chesterton and Riverside/Abbey areas very nicely, and encourage the transfer of many journeys from car to bike.
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The bridge’s design is spectacular and a real asset to the city’s walking and cycling infrastructure. We congratulate the City and County Councils for their work in bringing this scheme to fruition at long last. The money has come from developer contributions in the area and a government infrastructure fund.
Committee member Clare Macrae was one of the panel who chose the winning design, and they seem to have made an excellent decision! A key aspect is that the cycling and walking halves are split in the middle, to reduce conflict between these user groups.
Members of the Campaign, and many other people from around the city, took place in a vibration testing exercise on 22nd May, and it was exciting to be able to try it out for the first time.
Bollards have now been installed to keep burnt-out cars away from the entrance to the bridge. In our view, the spacing of these bollards (1.5m apart) is acceptable, though it is disappointing that such measures should be needed – it certainly wouldn’t if the bridge were in Holland!
We have requested that cycle parking be installed in the space underneath the bridge. This is an ideal location for some covered cycle parking! Such cycle parking would be useful for people visiting the area for leisure purposes, and would use an otherwise unused space.
The width of the bridge is not quite as great as might be ideal, but in practice it should work fine. The pedestrian side in particular seems a little narrow, but both groups should be able to co-exist easily. We also wait to see how well the shared-use area on the north side will work which joins the bridge to the street network.
New speed cushions have been installed to slow motor traffic in the Coronation Street area. These are not full-width, giving plenty of room for cyclists. See photos 13821,
13776, 13777, 13778, and 13779
on our photomap at www.camcycle.org.uk.