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:

  • Improving cyclists' compliance with the law in Cambridge

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 16 threads

    There are a range of issues regarding cyclists breaking the law in Cambridge. This issue is intended as a container for strategic discussion of how this can be resolved.

    There are of course many problems with drivers breaking the law, and discussions need to be in that context also, but this is issue is primarily for addressing the cycling side.

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  • Fen Road, Milton - planning application variation

    Created by Heather Coleman // 2 threads

    This is a planning application variation for 42 Fen Road, Milton. Application no (south cambs) is S/0756/12/VC

    Permission had been given, but I noted as I passed the other day, that there was an application for a variation. Looking at this, one item seems to be to vary the "cycle storage".

    From the description in Addendum to Design, Access & Herigage Statement in plans and docs:

    I quote
    "The bin / cycle store has been relocated and enlarged to allow for a tool shed. It was felt that
    the proximity of the previous store to the proposed dwelling had an adverse impact on the
    street scene and cluttered up the entrance area. By setting it back within the garden space it
    was felt this would positively enhance the character of the area. Additionally, as a temporary
    structure it is felt this would not have any more of an impact on the surrounding trees than
    the current position of the bin store."

    Or if you look at the map, the cycle "storage" (should that be parking?) now appears to be round the back end of the garden, and as a hedge is shown surrounding the car parked at the front of the property, I am at a loss as to how it would be at all convenient to ever get a bike out of this shed, rather than just getting into the car.

    Of note is the fact that this proposed house is about 15 yards off NCN 11. In one direction*; this gives a virtually traffic-free route almost into Cambridge city centre or to Waterbeach railway station. In the other direction, NCN 11 heads through Milton Country Park, leading almost directly to the local Tesco superstore as well as to the Coston bridge, Science Park, Guided Busway. Thus, it could be possible to live an almost entirely car-free existence at this location.

    *Fen Road is erroneously described as a cul-de-sac in the application. It is to motor vehicles, but is in fact a through route to the city centre for cycles and pedestrians.

    From the 2004 South Cambs local plan

    "To promote the use of more sustainable modes of transport, such as public transport,
    walking and cycling by making such modes more accessible, safer and more attractive
    to use.," and "To promote sustainable travel by ensuring new development takes place in highly
    accessible locations."
    " To limit the amount of car parking provided in new developments, where appropriate,
    to reduce over-reliance on the car." "adopting on-site and/or off-site design features that promote
    access by non-car modes as far as practicable (including
    walking and cycling) and facilitate and encourage their use"

    Of course there appears to be nothing about accessibility of cycle parking cf car parking, unlike the City Council local plan.

    Is it worth putting in an objection? The publicity end date is 5th June.

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  • Bicycle Access to Crematorium

    Created by Michael Cahn // 2 threads

    Access to and return journey from the Crematorium is a real challenge for the cyclist. Indeed, chances are you may end up in it if you try to ride your bike there.

    Here we have a essential public service which is accessible by car only. Is this acceptable ?

    These issues arise also if a convoy of bicycles was to accompany a coffin.

    What is to be done?

    http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/ccm/content/contact-us/council-buildings/crematorium.en

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  • Two-way cycling in Romsey

    Created by Simon Nuttall // 1 thread

    Converting one-way streets to two-way cycling has long been a Cambridge Cycling Campaign priority.

    Progress has been made, with Hope Street being made into a two-way street with a no motor vehicles exemption at one end.

    Now that Except Cycles signs under No Entry signs are permitted there is scope for extending this to Romsey Streets.

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  • Cambridge East development

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    The Cambridge East development is in the 2006 Cambridge Local Plan and would have a big effect on cycling and traffic more generally in the area.

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  • Sheep's Green and Coe Fen Management Plan consultation

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    The City Council will be designating Sheep's Green & Coe Fen as a local nature reserve in 2012, in recognition of the site’s value for both wildlife and recreation.

    As part of the process, a management plan has been prepared to establish a long-term vision for the site and to guide ongoing maintenance and habitat-restoration works.

    They are seeking public comments on the draft plan, prior to formal adoption and designation of the site.

    http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/ccm/content/consultations/sheeps-green-and-coe-fen-management-plan-consultation.en

    It is important that the proposals are scrutinised to check whether this will have any effects in the longer term on cycling and path improvements.

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  • Incredibly bumpy surface on East Road

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    Now that the East Road gas works have finished, the road has been patched up, but in a very bumpy way. Although the tarmac is smooth, it is not at the same height as the original road so riding along is continually bumpy.

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  • Anstey Hall: convert (partially) to Hotel 12/0504/FUL

    Created by Rohan Wilson // 0 threads

    Documents are completely inadequate for this listed building. I submitted this objection:
    This comment is on behalf of Sustrans, the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

    The application form indicates that there is currently no cycle parking and that none is intended. This is unacceptable - the development must conform to the Council's standards in quantity, location and type.

    There are insufficient graphic details on which to assess the application.
    RW for Sustrans 3 May 2012

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  • House conversion to 3 flats 12/0508/FUL

    Created by Rohan Wilson // 0 threads

    This comment is on behalf of Sustrans, the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

    We note that 3 Sheffield stands are shown within the cycle shelter - good provision for a site which is on the city's Signed Primary Cycle Network. It is important that they should not be installed too close to the rear wall, and that the spacing between each and between stands and side wall should meet the City Council's standards - see Cycle Parking Guide.

    Only 3 bins are shown - is this acceptable, for recycling etc?
    RW for Sustrans 3 May 2012

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  • Office building to studio flats, 25 Cambridge Place

    Created by Rohan Wilson // 0 threads

    Objected.
    This comment is on behalf of Sustrans, the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

    We are concerned that there may not be sufficient space in the rear "bikes and bins" (unattractive combination!) room. It is important that the Sheffield stands indicated should be installed as shown, and to park or remove a bike, rearward space is essential (See the City Council Cycle Parking Guide), adequate as drawn. But only five refuse bins are shown, one for each apartment. Normally each would need 3 bins (black, blue, green), for which there would clearly be insufficient space.

    RW for Sustrans 3 May 2012

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