How could we make Chesterton Road better and safer for cycling and walking?
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Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread
How could we make Chesterton Road better and safer for cycling and walking?
'Cycle parking has been designed above the Council’s current standards- Cycle Parking in Residential Developments (2010). The flats are provided with a covered and secure cycle store integrated into the footprint of the proposed new building and accommodating 17No. Cycles and 1No. Cargo bay. The store will be fitted with steel Sheffield cycle stands spaced in accordance with Diagram 3 of the above guide. Access gates/doors are to be a minimum of 1m width where required. A further 10No. cycle spaces are proposed to the front of the development for visitors and 9No. Spaces provided in a separate store for the commercial units.'
Initial investigation of the ground floor plan reveals this seems to be true.
They have also claimed to reserve a 2.0m strip of land along the highway boundary for future Eastern Gate related improvements.
No issues detected.
Mixed use development for ground floor commercial space (Use Classes A1, A2, B1 and D1) with 13 residential units (including 25% affordable) above comprising of 3 x 2bed flats and 10 x 1bed flats along with car and cycle parking following demolition of the existing buildings on site.
212-214 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8JL
Application reference : 18/1679/FUL
Proposes 32 cycle parking spaces for residential + office use split into two areas of 22 and 10. They seem to be well-dimensioned. The only outstanding question is security: there does not appear to be any access control.
Extension and alterations to No.25-27 High Street, erection of new buildings to provide a total of nine new residential units and associated infrastructure and works (following part demolition on all three floors).
25-27 High Street Chesterton Cambridge CB4 1NQ
Application reference : 18/1703/FUL
Northstowe Phase 2 strategic engineering elements including cycleways.
See 'Town General Plans'
Interesting that they plan significant stretches of protected & segregated bidirectional cycleway including protected & segregated junctions. Although in some sections these mysteriously turn into shared-use pavements, and it's not clear why, since there's plenty of space...
Cycleway / footway kerb is a 45-degree type, better than 90-degree but still steeper than a forgiving kerb.
There's also a link from Dry Drayton Road included & also an overpass of that road for some reason (part of A14 works?).
Reserved Matters for landscaping and layout for Strategic Engineering Elements in relation to Phase 2 following outline planning permission S/2011/14/OL. An Environmental Impact Assessment was required at the time of the Outline submission and an Environmental Statement was submitted at that time.
Land South Of, Longstanton Road, Oakington, Cambs, CB24 3AB
Application reference : S/4208/18/RM
Has anyone noticed or reported the almost invisible cycle lanes on Brooks Road between the bottom of Mill Road and Sainsburys?
No cycle parking provided.
Construction of two No. one bedroom semi-detached dwellings
26, Fen Road, Milton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 6AD
Application reference : S/3957/18/FL
Two cycle parking areas, one in the front, one in the rear, each has 5 Sheffield stands.
The spacing is OK at 1m intervals.
The front cycle parking area is secure and covered but the aisle width only appears to be about 900-1000mm instead of the required 1100mm. The door to the secure area is only 800mm wide, narrower than the required 1000mm.
The rear cycle parking area is covered but not secured by any kind of locked door or gate.
Extensions and alterations to Grosvenor Court to provide 8 flats, car parking, covered cycle parking, bin store and new fencing.
1 Grosvenor Court Cambridge CB3 0HU
Application reference : 18/1637/FUL
Shared accessway is small.
Arrangement of cycle parking against wall is slightly odd.
Demolition of existing house and replacement with two new dwellings.
44 George Street Cambridge CB4 1AJ
Application reference : 18/1661/FUL
Developer Anderson Group is hosting a community planning weekend later this month to give residents the chance to draw up a masterplan for land south of Coldhams Lane.
“It’s about building good quality houses in good quality communities,” the company’s Christian Criscione told the Cambridge Independent ahead of a launch of the project on Tuesday (October 30).
The former quarry and landfill site includes the Cherry Hinton lakes and land parcels to the north of the railway line.
It has been identified by Cambridge City Council as an “area of major change” and the authority has been actively promoting the land for regeneration with “appropriate redevelopment”.
As well as built development such as housing, the council has expressed ideas including the opening of the lakes, environmental improvements, outdoor recreation areas and a new urban country park.
Proposes ten cycle parking spaces from five Sheffield stands. Seems well-spaced. No details on cover or security though.
Vehicle Tracking drawing ATR01 shows potential overlap with parked cycles on site plan drawing A199.
Related to approved application from last year: https://camcycle.cyclescape.org/threads/3550
Change of use from dwelling to large scale HMO with single storey rear extension and associated alterations.
4 Green End Road Cambridge CB4 1RX
Application reference : 18/1642/FUL
5x 2BR terraced dwellings to replace existing house.
Cycle Parking consists of small sheds in front gardens that require lifting and won't feature independent access.
Front garden doors may be only 85cm wide.
It is not proposed to install additional dropped kerbs, a point that we may wish to strongly support because if any additional dropped kerbs are installed they would enter onto the Elizabeth Way roundabout (and the future GCP Milton Road scheme at the roundabout) introducing problems of highway safety for people walking and cycling at the roundabout.
Erection of five terraced dwellings following demolition of existing dwelling.
4 Highworth Avenue Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 2BG
Application reference : 18/1664/FUL
Created by Al Storer // 1 thread
Comberton Greenway project
Cycle parking in rear gardens. Rear Recommend that rear door to dwellings be (un)lockable from the outside.
Plot 1 (3BR) does not have sufficiently sized cycle parking for 3 cycles - only suitable for 2. Should be 2,000mm wide by 2,200mm deep, with a 1,000mm door.
Access doors to the rear gardens are all substandard, less than 1,000mm, in all three plots. Access doors must be (un)lockable from both sides.
Excessive car parking spaces for the 2BR dwellings Plots 2 and 3. There are two parking spaces for each. The new Local Plan allows a maximum of 1.5 parking spaces on average.
Erection of three dwellings and provision of access.
Land To Rear Of 53 - 55 Wulfstan Way Cambridge Cambridgeshire
Application reference : 18/1625/FUL
'car-free' development (except 1 blue badge space)
4 1BR units targeted at 2 residents and 3 1BR units targeted at a single resident.
The cycle park in the rear garden is almost large enough to contain 3 Sheffield stands + 1 half-usable Sheffield, for 7 spaces. It appears to measure 3400mm in width internally -- would need about 3750mm to truly fit that arrangement within spec.
There is a door on the passageway to reach the rear garden, next to the bins, which is only 850mm wide. Needs to be at least 1000mm according to Section 3.8.1.
The erection of seven residential flats with associated communal garden space, disabled parking, and cycle store, following the demolition of the existing building on site at 35-37 Russell Street, Cambridge.
35 - 37 Russell Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1HT
Application reference : 18/1601/FUL
Truly one of the stupidest designs I have seen lately.
12 Sheffield stands spaced at 85cm and jammed between two walls thus ensuring there is no possible way to access the stands.
There seem to be some existing wheelbenders that could use replacement.
The (existing) building is still quite short of requirements. With the new extension they will have 32 car parking spaces (maximum is supposed to be 18) and (not really) 38 cycle 'parking' spaces (minimum is supposed to be 60).
Three storey front and rear extensions and erection of cycle shelter and replacement plant compound following demolition of existing compound.
Abacus House Castle Park Cambridge CB3 0AN
Application reference : 18/1518/FUL
Have had informal discussions with staff here - they seem to be set on installing some number of two-tier racks to increase capacity without changing footprint.
Installation of solar carports, EV charging points and entrance and exit barriers, resurfacing of the carpark area and erection of cycle store.
British Antarctic Survey Madingley Road Cambridge CB3 0ET
Application reference : 18/1580/FUL
Non-compliant bicycle sheds of 2m by 1m design requiring lifting. (vs Diagram 17)
Rear access far too narrow (85cm v 120cm, compare to section 3.7 'Rear Access') with 90 degree turns (compare to Diagram 7) and door width too narrow (75cm v 100cm, compare to section 3.8 'Door width').
Erection of a detatched building containing 1no. 2-bed and 1no. 1-bed duplex apartments, with associated car parking and landscaping.
1 Maitland Avenue Cambridge CB4 1TA
Application reference : 18/1553/FUL
We've received some documentation courtesy of somebody who noticed that in Peterborough planning (for some reason) the Rectory Farm between Haslingfield and Hauxton is being considered for a mineral workings site. This would destroy the existing land, including important bridleways and footpaths, and potentially cut off portions of the Haslingfield Greenway and A10 Greenway paths that are being consulted or plan to be consulted. The proposed works would begin in 2022-2024 and last for 9 years. There would be 50 lorry movements a day at the A10 access point, crossing the A10 cycleway.
It appears that the gist of the change is to move more cycle parking to ground level, however there appears to be several inconsistencies in the numbers & plans, and the new drawings show some non-compliant arrangements.
Section 73 application to vary condition 2 (Approved Drawings) of permission ref 16/1966/S73 ( amendment to 14/0052/FUL - proposed mix use development consisting of a sui generis aparthotel (133 Units), 5no. class C3 residential townhouse units, class D2 Community space, underground car parking (80 spaces), and cycle parking (150 spaces)) to allow reduction in building height, increase in basement footprint, additional ventilation, revisions to cycle parking, amendments to fenestration and other minor amendments detailed in accompanying cover letter.
Milton Road County Primary School Milton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1UZ
Application reference : 18/1519/S73
Created by wookey // 1 thread
Yarrow Road is getting a cycle route, under the GCP 'quick wins' scheme,
I'm thinking of convening a workshop or possibly simply an informal gathering (possibly at a pub or cafe) to discuss techniques and ideas for responding to planning applications. The timing is right, I think, with the approval of the new Local Plans for Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
All are welcome, whether you already participate or are just interested in getting involved.
I would like to gauge interest first and then we can pick a suitable time and place.
no cycle parking
Erection of a new three bedroom dwelling to the rear of 233 Milton Road with driveway access, amenity spaces and landscaping.
233 Milton Road Cambridge CB4 1XQ
Application reference : 18/1476/FUL
no cycle parking
Erection of a 1-bed, 2 storey dwelling to the rear of 25/25A Cockerell Road.
25 And 25A Cockerell Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 3RU
Application reference : 18/1500/FUL
Proposed site plan: it looks like they are extending an existing set of wheel-benders by adding more wheel-benders.
Extension to the building, extension to an external plant compound, new generator compound, extension to existing cycle parking and new bin enclosure.
436, Cambridge Science Park, Milton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 0QA
Application reference : S/3269/18/FL
Cycle parking provision consists of a plan marked with 'Alcove used for bicycle storage (using a purpose made bike rack)'
Erection of an attached building containing 3 dwellings. Single storey rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory and rear box dormer with Juliet balcony to main dwelling. Retrospective subdivision of main dwelling into two flats.
38 Ramsden Square Cambridge CB4 2BL
Application reference : 18/1397/FUL
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Clearly, the magistrate erred seriously in matters of both fact and law - all the prosecution had to prove was that the way he drives falls below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver.
Equally clearly, it did - nobody who could possibly be described as "competent and careful" would run over something the size of a cyclist without even being aware of it. He even admitted that he was talking on the phone at the time.
It staggers the mind to think what on earth the magistrates were thinking - or what with. Maybe they slept through the case, so didn't hear the prosecution, but were woken up for the defence (how there can be any defence for that is beyond me). Maybe they are dangerous drivers themselves, so sympathise with others of the same ilk instead of adequately discharging the responsibilities they are charged with? Mark Tyler also deserves complete contempt for not pleading guilty, and so preventing this gross miscarriage of justice. He should have been thanking his lucky stars that the police and CPS are so incompetent as not to pursue Dangerous driving, which it equally clearly was.
How can we get rid of incompetent idiots like Phil King (the lead magistrate in this case) who asserted that "there were “significant gaps” in the evidence". It is obvious to me that this dangerous idiot is perverting the course of justice by remaining in his position.
Presumably his colleagues on the bench conspired with him in this perversion - they could (and should) have over-ruled him unless they were parties to the conspiracy, surely?
The evidence was all there - there was a cyclist in front of him - whether the cyclist was upright or on the ground is irrelevant. Mark Tyler drove over him. Neither of those facts were in dispute. That is not the action of a competent and careful driver, and it should be beyond question that a person being in front of the vehicle is something which the driver should be expected to be aware of, which means the test in s3ZA of the Road Traffic Act is satisfied, and the accused is guilty.
The evidence also meets the test in s2A (Meaning of dangerous driving) so there is no excuse whatsoever for clearing him of even the lesser offence of careless driving. With driving like that, it is clear, beyond reasonable doubt, that he should not be in possession of a driving license, and the magistrates failed in their duty to relieve him of it.
As long as dangerous criminals like Phil King are allowed on the bench, the roads will never be safe for anyone.
As a footnote, from the report is appears that this dangerous character commutes from Whitchurch, Hampshire to Clifton Way, Cambridge. What length does that make his effective working day?
It's about 120 miles each way, so at least 4 hours driving (considerably more if in the "rush hour") on top of a full workday. It's utterly moronic to make a commute like that - when I worked anywhere near that far away, I commuted weekly. But this happened on a Wednesday.
A DfT consultation to see whether speed limits on single carriageways should be introduced for HGV's. This will clearly have implications for cycle safety.
The new road between Addenbrooke's Road and Robinson Way has some poor design features.
The busway cycleway is sometimes flooded in this section.
The County Council need to address this.
11 flats replacing existing building
I've just sent a sharp email to the Council. It reads as below. If the council can't do joined up information on their own websites, how do they expect people to make these modal shifts in transport that they are so keen on?
"Dear Parking services,
I've just done a google search on this.
first item says "multi-story car park with cycle parking and pushchairs
However, when you then go to the Park St car park page, it says nothing
about either cycle parking being available, nor about the pushchair loan
scheme. How about a link to
on the website, so we don't have to do a separate search, so that when
people go to the Park St website, they can get all of its features? They
may even then decide to cycle into town rather than drive.
I was looking for this information as I was just emailing a friend who
lives in Chesterton and has a nine month old child, who I wasn't sure
would be aware of this scheme, which she may find useful. However, if we
have to spend five minutes doing exactly the correct google searches, it
counts as a "secret facility" apart from those in the know.
I wasn't aware, for example, that you could also get pushchairs at the
Grand Arcade one. This information needs better dissemination, and
linking from within the car park and other public transport pages, so
that people can make a properly informed decision about their transport
choices when visiting the city. This, surely, is the way to get modal
shifts in people's transport choices?"
Is it legal or not to ride on either Christ's Lane or Milton's Walk ?
Currently there are 'No cycling' notices despite this being a major cycle route.
Although it is unlikely that major works can be done to the bridge, changes on the approaches could reduce the conflicts, by improving 'intervisibility' between the different users.
A meeting between various parties (Councillors, County bridge engineer, cycling officers, and cycling campaign is proposed.
Proposed building will have 3000 employees, 250 car parkign spaces and 900 bike parking spaces
A local campaign group has been formed to push for improvements to this busy roundabout
Created by Anna Langley // 2 threads
This intersection needs a right turn light for bikes turning from St Andrew's Street into the Downing Street contraflow lane.
Doing so feels unsafe with buses coming up from behind, and little opportunity to get across the intersection.
I'm considering setting up a 38 Degrees petition on the matter, but wanted to see if this issue had been campaigned on before.
Travis Perkins Development has major impact on Chisholm Trail.
We have a letter from the developer outlining their position - let's see if I can attach this...
There is a lengthy discussion of the Chisholm Trail, the gist of which is that they don't see why they should make any further accommodation for it when it is mainly Network Rail's land that is earmarked for the route. They dangle a small carrot in that they might release the corner piece of land to mitigate the pinch point you identified - but only if this application is given the go-ahead.
Plans are emerging for development on the Coldham's Lane site with implications for the surrounding area including links with Cherry Hinton.
Aims of a bike harvest:
- Reduce bike ‘litter’
- Improve the number of available bike parking spaces
- Recycle bikes and provide affordable bikes (with lights) for new students
- Employ disadvantaged people
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
This area has long had dangerous cycle lanes that encourage people to cycle in the dooring zone.
The County have funds to upgrade this section. The question now is what should be present instead.
Created by Stephen Lawrence // 1 thread
Some people are especially sensitive to lights, including flashing lights, and lights which point directly into their eyes. Both these two situations can result in migraines for the unfortunate observer.I am glad to read that German law mandates downward-focussed lights. We should do the same.
Flashing lights used to be illegal (i.e. when incandescant lights were the norm) but the law was changed to specifically allow them. However, for the reason above, and also because judging the speed (and to some extent the position) of a bicycle is impossible when the light is flashing could actually make flashing lights less safe. Batteries have improved and LEDs are more efficient, and the battery life even on 'steady' mode is way more than in the 'days of yore' hat some of us knew.
The Mill Road traders are planning a meeting to discuss congestion on Mill Road and have asked us to send a representative. What ideas do we have to for Mill Road?
Complete separation of cyclists and cars can't always be achieved. To make sharing of the road safer I would like to propose using rumble strips instead of flat paint to separate the bike lane from the rest of the road. It would act as a physical reminder for car-drivers that they are encroaching the bike lane. This happens particularly near pinch points like road bends or crossroads. So even just a selective application of rumble strips could have a very positive effect, I believe. What's the view of the cycling community? Has it been tested?
Created by Al Storer // 1 thread
Cycling and Walking provision at Cambridge Science Park is poor. Lets try and get it fixed
Created by Jim Chisholm // 3 threads
AstraZeneca have announced they will by 2016 move to the Biomedical Campus on the Addenbrooke's site. We need to engage with them.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
Fulbourn/Cherry Hinton Eastern Access is one of the five City Deal 'cross-city improvements' schemes.
"The growth of housing and employment sites in the Cherry Hinton and Fulbourn Road area, such as the expansion of the ARM headquarters will put further pressure on local roads. Improving the cycleways on Fulbourn Road would enhance cycle access to the city centre and contribute to the completion of the cycleway network in this part of south-east Cambridge."
Martin Lucas-Smith // 3 threads
Downing College are cracking down further on people cycling through the area. Gate now moved and is locked.
The installation of one stand in the boundary of M&S facing Market Hill Square.
Various issues in Cambridge regarding bus driving and cyclist interactions. Work needs to be done to deal with this.
(This is actually a city-wide issue, but I've marked this as the bus station for now.)
Martin Lucas-Smith // 2 threads
This junction has a new cycle lane over a widened pavement. This looks like very substandard infrastructure, encouraging pavement cycling, that should never have been approved by the County Council.