Bike-friendly cities

This article was published in 2011, in Newsletter 97.

Cycle Cambridge joined forces with other organisations in northern Europe and has been successful in its bid for £370,000 of European funding to continue its work on getting more people cycling, more safely, more often in Cambridge.

Under the name ‘Bike Friendly Cities’, a number of European partners have joined forces to develop their own cycling projects and collaborative projects which will be financed with a grant from the European Interreg 2 Seas Programme and run from 2011 to summer 2014.

The European partners, who share in a total of £2.8m, are:

From the UK:

  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Sustrans
  • Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

From the Netherlands:

  • the Municipality of Middelburg (lead partner)
  • the Province of Zeeland

From Belgium:

From France:

  • Boulogne sur Mer Développement Côte d’Opale
  • Communauté d’agglomération du Boulonnais
  • Mairie de Neufchâtel-Hardelot.
A cycle barometer in Denmark.
Image as described adjacent

The partners bring in their own subprojects, varying around the themes of movement, road safety, bicycle parking, health and bicycle services. Each project is approached jointly and, by exchanging views, the different parties benefit from each other’s experience and knowledge. Together the most appropriate solution is sought for each subproject.

The Bike Friendly City Project will get its own website, where details of projects emerging and completed, as well as the lessons learnt and best practice, will be shared across Europe.

The installation of ‘No Entry Except Cycles’ signs in four locations across the city (including Kingston Street) on 14 June marked the start of the programme. Such signs are commonplace in the other partner cities and more sites in Cambridge could follow.

In Cambridge the installation of ‘cycling barometers’ will be considered along with more cycle parking, 20 mph areas, cycle hubs, Dutch-style roundabouts and links to some necklace villages.

Mike Davies,
Programme Manager
Cycle Cambridge