APPCG visit to Cambridge

This article was published in 2010, in Newsletter 89.

We’re all used to acronyms, but I suspect few know that APPCG stands for All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.

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As the name implies, the Cycling Group, like the many other All Party Parliamentary Groups, draws its members from all the main political parties.

Unfortunately the very cold weather was one of a number of reasons for a very limited turnout. Just one sitting MP and two Lords, but the ‘hangers-on’ (my apologies to them for that term) were a pretty influential bunch. Prospective parliamentary candidates, employees of Cycling England, as well their consultants, CTC representatives, and others, not to mention Council employees, and three Cambridge Cycling Campaign committee members, were sufficient to make up a sizeable party.

Setting off from the station, with its mass of overcrowded bike parking, we proceeded via the cycle bridge and Hills Road bridge, to the National Cycle Network Route 11 over Coe Fen to the City Centre and the library. There we met with other officers and councillors for a short series of presentations, and lunch in the new conference room. Brian Smith, the retiring Executive Director of Environment and Transport for the County Council, included in his presentation a glowing commendation of the Campaign, saying that we were their sternest critics, yet their strongest supporters. Our co-ordinator, Martin, gave an excellent presentation, and the Campaign handed out copies of our recent publications.

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that the professionalism of both impressed those present.

In the afternoon, still with a biting Siberian wind, we cycled through the city centre and out to Kings Hedges school where some new covered and secure cycle parking was formally opened, before looking at the Cambridge guided bus route or, more specifically, the associated cycle routes. The return route to the station included Milton Road, the new Riverside bridge, Fair Street crossing, and Parker’s Piece.

Throughout the day Carlton Reid, a prominent cycle writer, videographer and cycling promoter, took videos of the proceedings, and an edited version was shown in the Palace of Westminster on March 3rd.

Jim Chisholm