Your Streets this Month

This article was published in 2008, in Newsletter 80.

Emmanuel Street

A new contraflow lane is installed for the full length of Emmanuel Street, which is otherwise now one-way.
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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.

But why does the junction not take account of cyclists turning right, who will now inevitably go through the No Entry part?
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Cutter Ferry Path

Attempts to prevent parking blocking the Cutter Ferry cycle path
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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.

After a meeting between the Cycling Campaign, County Council and Police, further measures are to be taken to try to limit the intimidation of cyclists by overtaking in the narrow lanes on Hills Road bridge.
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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 Upper School students are having to put up with limited and inadequate cycle parking during building work.
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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.

Jesus Lock: City Council proposed a very strange half-bridge for cyclists as an alternative to the current bridge where cycling is banned.
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Jesus Green

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.

Bev Nicolson