Help us promote the cycleway at The Busway launch

This article was published in 2011, in Newsletter 97.

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The Busway between Trumpington and St Ives will open on Sunday 7 August 2011. This event is very likely to attract lots of media attention, and so it is our job to remind everyone that there is a really good cycleway alongside it, and get cyclists appearing in the images that flow from that day.

Our plan is to hold a bike ride (see itinerary, below), starting at 10.30 am from Cambridge railway station. From there we shall ride to Trumpington and back with a short detour via the link to Addenbrooke’s.

Itinerary – join and leave the ride as you like it

10.30am Cambridge railway station
10.45am Trumpington
11.00am Cambridge railway station
Ride through the streets of Romsey, Coldham’s Common and New Chesterton to Milton Road
11.30am Milton Road / Busway junction
Ride the busway to Swavesey – riding time about 1 hour
12.30pm Swavesey for a picnic lunch
1.30pm Return ride begins
2.30pm Milton Road
3.00pm Cambridge railway station
Timings are approximate. Between the station and Milton Road / Busway junction we’ll try to be as near to the proposed Chisholm Trail route as possible.

From there we shall take to the streets of Cambridge, following as closely as possible the proposed Chisholm Trail route, i.e. over the cycle bridge at the railway station and through the streets of Romsey: Charles, Argyle, Hope, and Catherine Streets. Then Cromwell Road, Coldham’s Common and Newmarket Road, through the industrial area of Swann’s Road and Mercer’s, Garlic and Oyster Rows and onto Stourbridge Common.

Crossing the river at Green Dragon Bridge, we’ll follow Water Street, Fen Road, Cheney Way and Long Reach Road and pass through Bramblefields Nature Reserve. Discovery Way and Nuffield Road will take us to Trinity Hall Industrial estate, which has a link to Milton Road.

From there we’ll take the cycleway all the way to Swavesey and stop for lunch. Please bring your own picnic.

In order to comply with our organisers’ liability insurance (which has been provided through the Campaign’s affiliation with CTC) we are required to collect the names of all participants. This ride is being promoted to members of the Campaign and the Sustrans regional group, but do come along and bring as many friends as you want to discover this route and help make the point that most of this cycleway is open.

Simon Nuttall