Issues

This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

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Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Cambridge Cycling Campaign:

  • 18/1887/FUL side of 57 Peveral Road - new detached 3-BR dwelling

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    cycle parking is a vague 'bike storage' area handwaved in the rear garden somewhere

    the plot is oddly shaped like a triangle, and it's completely unclear how the rear garden could be accessed at all.

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    Erection of a detached 3-bed dwelling to the side of 57 Peverel Road. 57 Peverel Road Cambridge CB5 8RN https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PJ472YDXI2300 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1887/FUL

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  • 18/1828/FUL behind 80 Chesterton Rd - new two story 3-br dwelling

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    'Bike store' is just a closet, basically.

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    Erection of a new two storey dwelling 80 Chesterton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1ER https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PILDDZDX0BH00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1828/FUL

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  • Cycle path though Clay Farm Community Garden

    Created by Dave Fox // 1 thread

    There is to be a new cycle path running W-E through the developing community garden in the Clay Farm development in Cambridge's southern fringe. It follows the line of a gas main (purple line on the plan). The garden is already split by Hobson Avenue running N-S. The cycle route crosses that road and there are four 15metre wide gaps in the hedge where the cycle route enters/exits the garden. The cycle path will probably have a chicane design at each end to slow cyclists at junction points. Here are some questions about the cycle path: * How can the design ensure safety at the Hobson Road crossing? * What should the four entrances/exits be like? * What garden features should there be along the cycle path’s route? * Should there be lighting? * What other questions occur to you about the cycle path, and what answers can you offer? This is part of a consultation intended for local residents, however I hope that someone here might be able to comment especially on the safety of the junctions where the cycle route crosses Hobson Avenue. (The cycle route also crosses the busway at the Foster Road stop, though I guess that bit is beyond the scope of the community garden's consultation.) Feel free to ask me here for clarifications, and please comment at the community garden's page below.

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  • 18/1876/FUL 44 St Andrew St - Hobson House - refurb into hotel & retail

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    D&A p113 (section: Accessibility): 'Cycle storage has been minimised on the site to reflect the hotel’s use and proximity to the City Centre. We therefore show 16 spaces in alignment with the Transport Assessment.' Room with '16' cycles (unspecified arrangement) accessed from Downing Place. 5 Sheffield stands shown in front on the pavement. Planning Statement: 6.40 Downing Street will provide cycle access to 16 cycle spaces provided for staff within the site. These would be inside the building, so covered and secure, with lockers. The provision of 16 spaces is based in the cycle parking standards in the Local Plan requiring 2 space for every 5 members of staff. In this stance, with 18 staff this would require 7 cycle spaces. The additional provision will allow for flexibility to accommodate any additional demand. 6.42 Guests travelling to the site by cycle may use the dockless cycle hire schemes now available in Cambridge, including Ofo and Mobike. These schemes do not require dedicated cycle parking spaces, and could be attractive to guests arriving at Cambridge Station without heavy luggage to then cycle the 1.4km (or 0.85 miles) to the site. Didn't see much discussion about safety of the drop-off/pick-up area in front except that it 'would not block the carriageway'. ... Change of use and refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed office building (use Class B1(a) Offices to a 57 bed boutique hotel (Use Class C1) and cafe/tea room (use Class A3), in include replacement of glazed screen on the St Andrew's street facade, upgrading thermal character of the glazed roof over drill hall to create a central atrium, removal of existing northern wing to create two floors above, second floor extension to the existing southern wing; together with partial demolition and replacement new-building at the rear and associated works. Cambridge City Council Hobson House 42 - 44 St Andrews Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 3AS https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIYN5ZDXHZK00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1876/FUL

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  • 18/1862/FUL Regent St / Gonville Pl - Lloyds House - refurbish as offices

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Plans to increase cycle parking provision from 6 to 62 as part of works to refurbish. Outer 'courtyard' facing Gonville Place will be enclosed by a fence creating an area with 20 Sheffield stands. The remaining spaces will be provided by double-stackers next to the car park in the interior courtyard. ... Change of use from mixed A2/B1 use to B1 offices, and external works including alterations to elevations and erection of boundary treatment. Lloyds TSB Lloyds House 95 - 97 Regent Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1BQ https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIUXQXDXHXP00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1862/FUL

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  • Steps in kerb on new Arbury Road cycle paths

    Created by Rick // 1 thread

    The new cycle lanes on Arbury Road are great but I'm worried the asphalt height hasn't been done to a tight enough tolerance. In places the step from the road up the kerb to the cycle path is quite large, so I'm reluctant to move over from the road to the cycle lane until I reach a flat part. I may be being over-cautious but I've had bad experiences in the past with falling off and bucked wheels from riding up kerbs at too shallow an angle, and I'm reluctant to experiment too hard! Does anyone know what the tolerance is meant to be, and whether it has been met here?

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  • Station Road Histon - close to through traffic?

    Created by Joe Adam // 1 thread

    Station Road in Histon seems to have a large, and in my view inappropriate amount of through traffic. I assume the majority of the traffic is attempting to avoid the traffic lights and the Green and shave some time of their drive through Histon. There is a large amount of foot and cycle traffic along this road, as the direct route between two schools with many parents having children at both (infant and junior). The foot paths are very narrow and the amount of traffic makes cycling (espcially with children) intimidating. I think the situation (for people on bikes and foot at least) could very cheaply be massively improved by blocking Station road to through traffic, restoring thee road to what it should be, a quiet residential street. I suppose this would lead to some traffic jams, at least at first until people get used to it. I've recently spoken to several people, mostly other parents, who have similar opinions. Does anyone have a view on a good way forward in terms of campaigning on this? I wondered about trying to set up a petition, which I could circulate amount parents to try and show that there could be significant support for this. Or course there may also be significant backlash.... Or should I try and talk to the parish council first. Any thoughts welcome. I've suggested this to the parish council several times (as have other parents I discover) but nothing has yet happened (I've not even had a reply...)

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  • Inappropriately timed council activities

    Is there a way of persuading the council that they should not be having bin collections or road sweeping on major roads around the city, which also act as major bike routes, bus routes, car commuter routes so are deeply congested during "rush hour" at silly times, ie during the same "rush hour"? Yesterday, it was a bin lorry wending its way down Hills Road at 8.45am; a danger to cyclists and the bin men themselves as well as causing a big queue. Today it was a road sweeper doing Maids Causeway which is a bus route at 8.30am, also causing a big queue. Both these roads will be significantly less busy come 9am. It's not just bad for cyclists but everyone. There are plenty of quieter roads in the city that can be attended to between about 8 and 9am, so why choose to do stuff on what I'd call the trunk roads of the city, holding up all the buses and making it horrible for cyclists. It's a lack of joined up thinking in my opinion.

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  • 18/1826/FUL 43-47 Water St - 9 new flats & cycle parking

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    From D&A: • The scheme is to be provided with an integral covered, secure cycle store designed in accordance with current standards (Cycle Parking Guide For New Residential Developments). The store is located along the rear boundary and is to be fitted with Sheffield cycle stands at 1m centers to accommodate up to 12 cycles. Access would be gained via secure gates (min. 1m in width) located from the front and rear of the site. • The proposal benefits from 4 additional visitors’ cycle spaces. • A covered bike storage area is also proposed for Waterhouse flats to replace the existing external cycle parking spaces. ... Erection of block containing 9 flats following demolition of existing building. 43 - 47 Water Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1NZ https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIJTQ9DXHS900 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1826/FUL

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  • Wintr Fair bins on cycle path

    Created by Amelie K // 0 threads

    Extra blue and black bins have been put along Gonville Place, near where the cyclist counter used to be. They narrow the cycle lane in real, and effectively. Their location generally is poorly thought through (if at all). They are clearly intended for visitors to the winter fun fair on Prkers Piece, who will be on foot, but to use the bins they need to cross the cycle lane.

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  • School Street for Arbury Primary School

    Created by Daniel Thomas // 1 thread

    Carlton Way gets a lot of through traffic during school run and both parent parking and commuter traffic create an unsafe environment for children going to Arbury Primary School or Pre-School. A School Street on the section of Carlton Way between Perse Way and Brimley Road and on Hall Farm Road between Carlton Way and Topham Way might be one way of substantially improving the situation.

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  • City Changer Cargo Bike

    The county council cycling team are involved in a 3-year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research Programme to grow delivery and passengers by bike, cargo bike and e-cargo bike in 100 cities. The project called 'City Changer Cargo Bike' was launched to an audience of EU institutions, national and regional governments, advocacy organisations and business leaders in October 2018.

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  • S/0101/18/CC Histon - New Primary School north of Garden Walk

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Proposes new access onto Glebe Way cutting across shared-use pavement, interrupting it, putting give-way markings on the pavement and dropping the kerbs. Visibility splays are drawn to to the kerb instead of to the back of the pavement. Proposed pedestrian crossing further south will also place poles, obstructions and potential conflict into the narrow shared-use pavement. This is a real mess considering that they have plenty of space to widen the pavement and do it right. ... Erection of a 2FE (420 place) primary school and single storey 52 place pre-school nursery with associated vehicle and pedestrian access, car and cycle parking, vehicular drop off area with landscaping and playing fields, a pedestrian crossing, footpath widening and ancillary works.

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  • 18/1685/FUL 229 Milton Road - new dwelling in rear garden

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Proposed cycle parking in garage does not meet diagram 15 requirements. Proposed: 5000mm by 2500mm Required: 7000mm by 3300mm ... Construction of 1No. 1 1/2 Storey Dwelling to land rear of No. 229 Milton Road, Cambridge 229 Milton Road Cambridge CB4 1XQ https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PHD8DODXH8W00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1685/FUL

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  • York Street area residents' parking zone

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    Cambridgeshire County Council has published proposals and consultation to introduce a residents’ parking scheme in the streets around York Street and New Street. This is a long-overdue scheme. There are a couple of issues: - Building support for the scheme - residents' parking proposals have a key strategic role in reducing traffic, by almost eliminating circulation by drivers speculatively looking for parking. - Making the case for the scheme in the face of opposition in a few streets because of a reduction in spaces where there is currently parking on both sides of the street (which means domination of the space for private motor vehicle storage). - At last, elimination of pavement parking and the ability to enforce any pavement overrun. - No cycle parking is proposed.

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  • 18/1671/FUL 83 Babraham Road - four 1-BR dwellings next to Audi dealership

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    5 cycle parking spaces proposed Cycle parking plan shows 'New Sheffield' Broxap shelter that is 5m wide, though this does not match up with the much smaller box shown on the Site Plan. Cycle parking is not secured. Existing accessway to site gives priority to motor vehicles and not people walking or cycling. Highways has already chimed in to require that the applicants give a 25m visibility splay to the shared-use pavement alongside Babraham Road. ... Erection of 4no. flats with associated bin and cycle stores, following demolition of existing bungalows. Erection of a valet building and creation of additional first floor space. 83 - 87 Babraham Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 4DD https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PH5QZPDXH5P00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1671/FUL

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  • 18/1708/FUL 32 Gray Road - four 1-BR dwellings

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Undersized 'timber framed' cycle parking (1800mm by 3550mm, smaller than required 3100mm by 4200mm). ... Erection of 4no. 1-bedroom flats in the rear garden with bin and cycle stores, following demolition of existing garage. 32 & 32A Gray Road Cambridge CB1 3TA https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PHKBXRDXHBG00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1708/FUL

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  • LED Lighting

    Created by Daniel Dignam // 1 thread

    Maybe it because I ride a bike with narrow tyres, or am over cautious, but .... The new LED lighting they've installed has effectively made the path narrower (and it's already too narrow). I don't want to ride over slippery glass, and in a few places they've actually installed them on the bend (Shelford end on the inside of the bend, which was already tricky because of the manhole cover), and at the Addenbrooke's end when joining after coming under the bridge. Why didn't they install them between the white lines like the old ones. Am I worrying too much (I cycle 400+ miles a week, so like to think I'm relatively good at looking out for dangers) ?

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