Your streets this month



St Andrew’s Street

Cyclists are legally allowed to use St Andrew’s Street in a contraflow direction, but the road is frequently narrowed by buses being forced to overtake the line of over-ranking taxis.
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A number of cyclists have been challenged on their legal use of St Andrew’s Street in a contraflow direction just beyond the turning for Emmanuel Street. The Campaign believes that some indication that cyclists are allowed in this street could help. Two alternatives have been suggested: either following the cycle lane round into the street or cycle symbols positioned further out.

Taxi Street (a.k.a. St Andrew’s Street continued)

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Over-ranking by taxis here is now reaching epidemic proportions. The taxi rank here permits a maximum of 6 taxis only. Taxis are not allowed to wait behind it. Many currently are doing so, and the result is narrowing of the rest of the street and blocking of the pedestrian crossing.

We have made representations to the taxi office at the City Council, who have been unable to take action. If you have problems here, please note the registration plate and contact both us and the taxi office at debs.jones@cambridge.gov.uk. If you have a photograph, please add it to our photomap and include the link to the photo in your e-mail.

Hobson Street

There are roadworks in Hobson Street again for 4-5 weeks from 10th January and the road is closed to all traffic. As a consequence, more buses will be diverted to Sidney Street. There is no cycle parking opposite The Bun Shop (although the racks near the back of Waterstones are unaffected) and the bikes that were parked there have been taken to Parkside Police Station.

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Gritting

There has been criticism of the council for not gritting key cycle routes in the recent cold spell with several people slipping on the ice and two members suffering serious injuries as a result. Riverside and the station cycle bridge are two locations that would benefit from salting. Members are encouraged to send suggestions for other routes they would like to see gritted.

Penny Ferry Path/The Halingway

The proposed changes to the entranceway to this cycle route were pulled from the North Area Committee’s agenda at the last minute. It is clear that our representations on this resulted in the request from Councillors to officers to come back at a later date. The misleading statement from an Officer that we had been consulted, a statement made less than a day after dropping us an e-mail about it, may also have contributed to the removal from the agenda.

A small number of car parking spaces should be removed to allow a direct link from the road to the Penny Ferry path.
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We have submitted plans of how we think the layout should be. They result in removal of a small number of car parking spaces, meaning that a direct link into the path can be provided, rather than forcing cyclists onto the adjoining pavement and navigating a blind corner. We also made the point strongly that the current provision of zero cycle parking spaces compares badly to the car parking that is provided.

Officers have come back with proposals which fail to address our points adequately. STOP PRESS: A compromise proposal has been agreed on. More next issue.

King’s Hedges Road and Arbury Park

South Cambridgeshire District Council have produced a report on the failed processes that have resulted in problems of all kinds at the Arbury Park development, now being called Orchard Park. The Councils are using this to make improvements to deal with these issues.

King’s Hedges Road offers the potential for high-quality cycling

Shockingly, the report failed to include transport issues, which readers will be well aware are a considerable problem. The key issue is the way that the King’s Hedges Road alignment was assumed to be retained, resulting in the development being cut off from Cambridge, and the way that the changes by the developer to King’s Hedges Road had zero democratic scrutiny.

We spoke to councillors at the Environment Scrutiny meeting in January, and as a result they are to include a second-stage report on the transport problems. We will be ensuring our voice is heard for this review and have offered to submit comments on it. King’s Hedges Road, as one of the widest in the city, offered, and still offers, the potential for high-quality cycling, but money would have to be spent.