Mark Webb, Development Manager for the Travel for Work Partnership, outlines a new project and highlights some opportunities to get improved cycle facilities.
The TRAVEL PLAN PLUS (TP+) project
What might it be like if employers got together to make cycling to work easier?
TRAVEL PLAN PLUS (TP+) is an exciting EU project that will join Cambridge’s Business Park, Regional College, Science Park, St John’s Innovation Centre and Taylor Vinters solicitors in a network to work together to promote more sustainable travel to the area. Cycling will be high on the agenda.
Campaign members working in this area of north Cambridge will probably be aware that many organisations already help their commuting staff by having workplace travel plans, but others have yet to look at travel issues. By managing many initiatives in a network, TRAVEL PLAN PLUS will make travel plans as effective, efficient and coordinated as possible.
Gary Armstrong is the newly appointed Travel Plan Coordinator for the TP+ project and will be based in a new ‘Commuter Centre’ on the Science Park from late September 2009.
Gary said: ‘I am really looking forward to working with employers on this exciting project. Lots of people already cycle to the area – but I am sure we can help others make this sustainable and healthy choice’.
Gary is keen to hear from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign’s members cycling to work in any of the sites covered by the project. ‘If any of you have ideas or would like to assist the cycling aspect of the project I’d be pleased to hear from you,’ said Gary. ‘Also, if you would like your organisation to be involved please contact me in the first instance for more details.’
Gary can be contacted on 01223 715695, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cycle Cambridge are giving ££££s for cycle parking
TfW is helping to give away ££££s being provided by the Cycle Cambridge Project to improve employer cycle parking within Cambridge and its necklace villages.
In the Cycle Cambridge Take A Stand scheme your employer is able to share in a substantial pot of money to provide or improve cycle parking. It couldn’t be easier!
- Cambridgeshire Highways will undertake a FREE initial on-site visit to design and quote for the proposed facility.
- If desired, your employer can use this design to get other providers to quote for the work.
- Take a Stand will then either fund half the total cost or supply the racks free of charge.
- Applications will be processed on a case-by-case basis and within two weeks of receipt of your full application, assuming it is all correct.
So, if you think your employer could increase or make improvements to cycle parking, covers, and security, let them know about ‘Cycle Cambridge Take A Stand’ – visit tfw.org.uk/news.php#takeastand09 to download a form and scheme guidelines or phone 01223 715694/715550. Bids can be submitted until October 2010.
Free Visitor Cycle Parking
Cycle Cambridge can also design and install free visitor cycle parking at schools, medical practices and businesses in Cambridge and the surrounding villages. If you have any suggested locations please contact Clare Rankin on tel: 01223 457108, email: email@example.com