This article was published in 2008, in Newsletter 81.
Traffic Management and Safety Scheme
Following October’s Area Joint Committee meeting a number of streets will be included in the Traffic Management and Safety Scheme programme. Of particular note is the news that the busy Northampton Street/Magdalene Street junction should be getting some pedestrian signals. It is a nuisance to have to stop part-way along a road for lights so hopefully they will be positioned so that neither road user nor pedestrian is inconvenienced.
Other roads are as follows: Tenison Road (speed reduction measure), Water Lane/Fen Road (traffic calming), the Sturton Street Area (Ainsworth Street, York Street etc. – traffic calming), Dudley Road (traffic calming), Barnwell/Peverel Roads (traffic signals), Wadloes Road (traffic calming), Whitehill Road (traffic calming), but it is unlikely that the County Council will provide funding this year for many of these schemes. As we know, Councillors Killian Bourke and Nicola Harrison are also keen to get Mill Road back on the list with measures to improve conditions for cyclists.
The first stage bid had already gone in to the National Lottery Fund to make improvements to Jesus Green by the time the Community Services Scrutiny Committee met. It was stated that there had been a year-long consultation process with the public and that the bid was made available to anyone who wished to see it. The first stage bid itself is less concerned with the details of any possible scheme but in the principle and the Executive Councillor (Councillor Julie Smith) said that assuming they are successful (the decision is made in March 2009) they want the masterplan for this to look in more detail at providing a bridge and ensuring that it is what people want but they couldn’t bid for bridge money. Curiously, it seems that she was the only person from the council who looked at the bid though others were able to. Richard Taylor, a local resident, challenged the legitimacy of the consultation, the costings, who on the council had seen the bid and the lack of clarity about obtaining people’s views on providing a crossing for cyclists (whether they were being asked about a ramp or a separate cycle bridge).
Cambridge on Ice
Cambridge on Ice will be open by the time this newsletter goes to print. It is fifty per cent larger than it was last year and in operation from 15th November to 4th January. Each session will be available for up to 200 people and at the weekends these are likely to be fully booked as they were last year. There are two key problems. One is that they propose to close part of the path while a market is held for ten days before Christmas and the other is that, as last year, the cycle parking provided is not adequate either in terms of the type used or its quantity – we believe this to be in contravention of the cycle parking standards, and that they do not appear to have planning permission. The grounds for acceptance of the planning application state that ‘no development shall commence until details of facilities for the secure parking of 50 bicycles for use in connection with the development hereby permitted have been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority’. We have had some correspondence with them on this issue which they have been very unwilling to address.
We thought Jim Chisholm had fixed Downing Street but maybe not. Various delivery drivers to the Revolution pub (which is under new management) have recently been spotted parking illegally (in breach of the Highway Code and the planning conditions) in the mandatory cycle lane but after receiving a visit from an enforcement officer their attitude appears to have shifted. It’s obviously one to keep an eye on and highlights the need to get this higher up the list of City Council priorities. The 2004 Traffic Management Act makes parking in mandatory cycles lanes a ticketable offence enforceable by traffic wardens but it has yet to be put into effect.
Penny Ferry/Haling Way
Current arrangements at this spot mean that some cars have ended up in the river so the council are proposing to put railings up next to the foot/cycle path. This would also prevent informal access to Haling Way between parked cars which is typically how it is used at the moment. A dropped kerb is to be retained at one end of the pavement adjacent to the road for cycle access. We have proposed that some cycle parking be incorporated into the railings and that one of the four car parking bays be removed to allow access onto Haling Way. Another concern is that proposals for this work were around as early as September last year but it’s only recently that the Campaign has heard about them despite being one of the bodies the council were due to consult.
Mackenzie Road and Kingston Street
Some revisions are planned for the contraflow markings on these two roads. Although full details were not available at the time of going to press, the Campaign has had sight of some drafts, and big improvements are possible. Full details should be available on the City Council website by the time you receive this copy. Given some local, or should that be vocal, opposition to two-way cycling in these areas, it is important that all those who cycle in this area make their views known.