This article was published in 2008, in Newsletter 80.
Cambridge’s newest contraflow cycle lane was installed in Emmanuel Street this month along with the replacement of the cycle parking in St Andrew’s Street that was lost while the Christ’s Lane development was being built. More racks are to come, apparently. It is unclear exactly where the pedestrian crossing at the junction of Emmanuel Street and St Andrew’s Street is to be but it appears to have been moved further towards the junction where a traffic island has been built, which may create conflict with cyclists.
Cutter Ferry Path
At long last, after rather a lot of lobbying from everyone who uses Cutter Ferry Path, double yellow lines have been put down to stop cars from blocking the path by parking along the slip road to Eights Marina, which cuts through this busy cycle and pedestrian path. They suddenly appeared at the end of July, and we don’t know who to thank, but it makes a big difference. It’s only taken ten years…
Hills Road Bridge over the Railway
Discussions have been taking place over the best way to ensure the safety of cyclists on this bridge whilst the guided bus works continue. The police are now considering using CCTV cameras to catch motorists who make illegal turns or overtake on the narrow lanes in spite of the warning signs. Improved warning signs are also under consideration.
Tennis Court Road
By the time this Newsletter appears, Tennis Court Road should have been closed for resurfacing. Before anyone gets too excited, we should make it clear that what will actually have been done is extensive patching. A contact in the Highways Department at Cambridgeshire County Council has told us that around 800 square metres will have been repaired, taking out the main bad areas and making the journey down Tennis Court Road smooth. He says there is no way he could afford to resurface the whole area, but next year he’d be keen to surface dress the whole length of Tennis Court Road which could make a nice job of the whole area so long as the surface dressing used is smooth.
Netherhall School Cycle Parking
Building work to amalgamate Netherhall Lower and Upper Schools on the Queen Edith’s Way site has recently started, see full article. The main existing cycle parking enclosures have been demolished and the stands (unsatisfactory wheel-benders) have been placed at the far end of the playground. Some new cycle parking is due to be installed soon. Whether this will be adequate in quantity and quality for the amalgamated school with around 1,450 students remains to be seen.
The City Council will be applying for lottery funding to improve the Jesus Green area. Plans include a widened riverside walk, a performance space and a new river crossing for cyclists. On the drawings, this new crossing is shown as curving round to join the existing bridge which, incidentally, is listed. We believe this would create more conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists and have suggested an entirely separate bridge which would be below Jesus Lock and therefore lower so that the ramps to it won’t need to be quite so long or high.