REVISED EIXSITNG [sic] AND PROPOSED PLANS AND ELEVATIONS: 'New wall-mounted vertical bicycle stands to provide 6 no. bicycle'
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REVISED EIXSITNG [sic] AND PROPOSED PLANS AND ELEVATIONS: 'New wall-mounted vertical bicycle stands to provide 6 no. bicycle'
Just a quick look over reveals some serious problems.
Planning Statement Section 2.3 - 'main' cycle/pedestrian route is somewhat indirect and appears to run within the blind-spot of several driveways.
Planning Statement Section 4.4 - a litany of how NOT to design cycle parking.
Layout - missing pedestrian crossings at several minor junctions - although there also appear to be some continuous footways at others, curiously enough.
Approval of reserved matters for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale following Outline planning permission S/0388/12/OL for the erection of 240 dwellings along with garages, roads, sewers and all ancillary, the outline application was subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
sound+fury // 1 thread
Consultation regarding demolition and new residential building in its place.
Change of use from Office (B1(a)) to Student Accommodation (C2) with associated works.
Hillcross Bells School Red Cross Lane Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 0QU
Application reference : 18/1355/FUL
Space for 20 students to stay there buy only 'up to 11' cycle parking spaces provided.
18/1365/B1C3 | Prior Approval notification of proposed change of use from B1(a)(Office) to Class C3 (dwellinghouses) to create 6no. 1xbedroom units. | 23 Tenison Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 2DG
No cycle parking shown in drawings
Applicant has failed to provide adequate information about their cycle parking. I'm concerned this will be passed as there is *still* no cycling officer to review the application.
Condition 3 - Cycle Parking
73 Bridewell Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 9EN
Application reference : 14/0470/COND3
D&A mentions there is space for cycle parking but the site layout doesn't show it.
Application for outline planning permission for residential development of 2 no. 3 bed room houses with all matters reserved apart from appearance, landscaping, layout and scale.
The Erection of 2 No. 1-Bed flats and 1No. 2-bed two-storey semi-detached dwelling following the demolition of the existing dwelling
89 and 89A, Cambridge Road, Girton, Cambridge, CB3 0PN
Application reference : S/3220/18/FL
no cycle parking
Proposed three bed dwelling
24 Elfleda Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8LZ
Application reference : 18/1319/FUL
Detached rear garden flat. Cycle parking vaguely specified to be in a corridor next to the building. Shows 1 car parking space for the new flat and 2 car parking spaces next to the new flat that are unclear in use. Also claims that the front garden will be used for car parking, which has attracted the attention of Highways noting that there is no existing permission for an access onto Hills Road, and they would oppose any that required reversing onto Hills Road.
(note: the houses on this stretch of Hills Road almost all appear to have this form of illegal front garden parking, sigh)
Erection of a detatched one bed dwelling.
99 Hills Road Cambridge CB2 1PG
Application reference : 18/1339/FUL
Application for Prior Approval under Part 18 for construction of new gated east side stairway from Mill Road to provide access to train drivers walkway, including alterations to arches 5 and 6 to facilitate new sidings, walkway and passive provision for Chisholm Trail.
Mill Road Bridge Mill Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire
Application reference : 18/1372/CAP18
D&A features photo of wheelbenders serving as 'cycle parking' for proposed HMO.
Change of use of the building into a large HMO (Sui Generis use class) with 5 bedrooms serving 7 people.
51 Akeman Street Cambridge CB4 3HE
Application reference : 18/1300/FUL
Uncovered cycle parking in garden.
Provision of 1x two bed, two storey dwelling to the rear of no.15, with associated bin and bike stores and rear amenity area.
15 Coleridge Road Cambridge CB1 3PH
Application reference : 18/1244/FUL
4.7 At surface level, a total of 54 covered cycle parking spaces, including 6 off-gauge spaces for trailers, for use by residents are provided in three locations adjacent to Blocks B, C and D.
Additionally, 50 visitor spaces will be provided in various locations adjacent to Turing Way.
4.8 A dedicated cycle lane along the access ramp will provide direct access to the basement level cycle parking facilities. A total of 244 cycle parking spaces for residents will be provided within the basement alongside with 14 off-gauge spaces.
4.9 The total of 348 cycle parking spaces for residents and provision for visitor parking is
significantly over the standards outlined in the North West Cambridge AAP.
4.10 Apartments are also sized to incorporate cycle storage over and above those specific facilities provided at the ground floor and basement levels and provide storage space for an additional 195 cycles. Within the building, design features such as widened corridors and relaxed corners will facilitate use of the cycle storage within apartments.
4.11 The lifts from the basement level to each floors for the apartments will be dimensioned at 1.85 metres by 1.4 metres to accommodate cycles. Cycle washing facilities will also be provided within the basement.
4.15 A total of 187 car parking spaces are proposed for the use of future residents.
Interesting effort and the developers gave a presentation for some of us a while back, at NW Cambridge site.
The row of diagonal cycle parking in the basement is flawed: they got the spacing right but forgot to account correctly for the length of cycles, which will stick out into the swept path of cars parking.
It's unclear how the car ramp to the basement will be controlled, since it is a single lane wide, which means that drivers will need to be held at a red signal in the circulation lane. Meanwhile people cycling can flow up and down the ramp (haven't measured width yet) but would be crossing over the car lane. Also have not yet found the slope of the ramp, though it looks fairly long.
The dimensions of the lift at 1.85m long and 1.4m wide may accommodate a traditional bicycle (just barely, in terms of length). Unlikely to accommodate a larger cycle, which can be assumed to be up to 1.2m in width and 2-2.3m in length for a cargo cycle (2.8m in length for a bike with a trailer), according to IAN 195/16.
I think the car parking is excessive for what is supposed to be a 'sustainable neighbourhood' with cycleways, and this is the closest building to the Park & Ride as well, enjoying easy access to both the U and P&R buses. Note: this building is market apartments, so it is probably fair to assume somewhat higher car ownership rates than the University student and staff buildings, but 1:1 is excessive.
Reserved Matters application pursuant to application 13/1402/S73 for construction of 186 residential units, access road, cycle parking, car parking, landscaping, utilities and associated ancillary structures.
Lot S3 North West Development Site Madingley Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire
Application reference : 18/1195/REM
sound+fury // 1 thread
Erection of a new children's day nursery on the existing Faculty of Education car park, with associated outdoor playspace, alterations to the car park, provision of new bicycle and buggy parking, landscaping and ancillary works.
The 'bike stores' are little sheds that you lift the door and pile bikes into. Not compliant, despite claims in the D&A.
Construction of five dwellings on land behind 43-59 Elizabeth Way following demolition of no. 57 Elizabeth Way
57 Elizabeth Way And Land To The Rear Of 43-59 Elizabeth Way Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1DB
Application reference : 18/1193/FUL
no cycle parking
Change of use to a 7 bed HMO.
36 Peverel Road Cambridge CB5 8RH
Application reference : 18/1226/FUL
Diagram shows 3 lines per shed as if they were Sheffield stands spaced very closely together.
Condition 20 - Cycle storage
84 Ditton Walk Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8QE
Application reference : 17/1433/COND20
No D&A (may not be needed for this type of app)
8 cycle parking spaces for 10 beds from 4 Sheffield stands
Security is unclear
Change of use to a 10 bed HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) and erection of a bin/bike store.
8 Coldhams Grove Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 3HW
Application reference : 18/1120/FUL
No D&A statement
No cycle parking
Interrupts footway to build a new side road
Near Route 24 (the old way to St Ives)
Approval of matters reserved for appearance, landscaping, layout & scale following outline planning permission S/0875/15/OL for 30 new dwellings comprising new dwellings comprising 18 market and 12 affordable units plus open space, children's play area and landscaping the outline application was not an environment impact assessment.
18, Boxworth End, Swavesey, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB24 4RA
Application reference : S/2900/18/RM
The erection of 10 residential units, including affordable housing provision, open space, access, infrastructure and landscaping.
Created by Robin Heydon // 2 threads
The county council have kicked off the creation of an LCWIP. This issue captures what our inputs are for this process.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
Retrospective planning application for the change of use of existing buildings from Class B2 micro-brewery to Class B2 micro-brewery and Class A4 Drinking establishment.
23A Hooper Street Cambridge CB1 2NZ
Application reference : 18/1123/FUL
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What to do about disgraceful decisions like this:
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.
Noticed this a couple of weeks ago. As you will see the sign is incomplete and misleading given that the place to see all the details is the end of Ferry Lane waiting to join High Street. High Street at this point is both Route 51 and Route 11.
Left turn to go to Impington on Route 51 - I think not.
Abbey and Fen Ditton to the left when you could just go back across Green Dragon bridge.
No directions to Histon, Milton, Waterbeach probably others.
Also the lack of any idea where route 11 goes to the right.
This appears to be one of a number of new signs that have recently appeared. If anyone has seen any more let's get the info out there and try to get them fixed.
Ever since Tesco opened their new shop on East Road, there has been poor unloading practice.
The company is unloading always from the front of the store with a large lorry which:
- Is stopped in the (advisory) cycle lane.
- The tail of the lorry is opened into the carriageway without a banksman, with the corner of it at the same height as a cyclist having to merge round the lorry - there is real potential for a head injury because of the relative invisibility of this
- Causing traffic to be reduced to one effective lane (or two, just squeezing through, if no large vehicles), causing delays for a half an hour period.
They have stopped using the zig-zag lines.
This photo shows the danger that is created:
Created by jennifer Kirner // 1 thread
I am bringing up the problem that cyclists and pedestrians have crossing East Road to get to ARU and the neighbouring residential area. It would be helpful have a discussion about how to create safe routes in this area and how to get them implemented.
When I am cycling, I find it dangerous and difficult to cross East Road from Petersfield or Bradmore Street and I resort to using the pedestrian crossings with my bike because it is.
This area that really needs addressing for improvements to safe cycling and I don’t understand why given the expansion of ARU this has not been addressed.
The junction of Mill Road/East Road is also pretty scary for cyclists and pedestrians. The crossing at the slip road at the corner of Petersfield is difficult for pedestrians because it has no traffic controls and cars come quickly round this corner making it dangerous for anyone who is not alert , who is not tall enough to see, or who can't move quickly. This includes the young, the old, someone in a wheelchair. I wouldn't fancy pushing a child in a buggy across either.
Basically, it seems to me that the Junction and East road are designed for motor vehicles and traffic flow not for pedestrians and cyclists. Can we try and address this?
Martin Lucas-Smith // 2 threads
I am writing to point your attention to a "danger spot" on the Barton Road cycle route.
I and many others cycle this route every day and really appreciate how safe it is. However, there have been a number of near accidents at the sliproad from the M11 southbound onto the Barton roundabout. The problem is that the cycle path means that all cyclists must cross the road leading onto the roundabout. This is fine when the traffic is not busy. However, during rush hour the left lane going onto the roundabout is always queued up. This means that, to cross the the road, a cyclist needs to wait for a car to let them out. However, the problem lies with the right lane going onto the roundabout. If there is a queue in the left lane, you are unable to see into the right lane and so quite a few cyclists are nearly knocked off at this point
The problem is that:
a. The right lane is too short and so cyclists are unable to get out of the way in time if a car does not does turn onto it. It seems to me that there shouldn't be a right lane as it's too short to be of any use and poses more of a danger to cyclists.
b. Cars tends to (understandably) be going quite fast as they've just come off the M11 and also are usually looking onto the roundabout rather than the road in front of them. This has meant that I've seen lots of cars having to break very heavily having only seen a bike crossing in front of them at the very last minute.
I, and the other cyclists that routinely use this otherwise very safe route, would hugely appreciate it if this problem could be looked at.
[RL; sent by post, 27th June 2015]
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
The Eastern Gate proposals are a strategic attempt by the City Council to rework the Newmarket Road roundabout area towards a standard crossing, and create a welcoming entrance into this very run-down looking part of the city.
It is supposed to be being paid for by Section 106 moneys from developments, yet proposal after proposal is coming forward but nothing is happening.
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."
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?
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.
Created by Ben Brierton // 1 thread
The new road layout here means that eastbound cyclists travelling straight-on find themselves in the left-turn lane, stopped by a Red light, and blocking traffic turning left into the Park and Ride who have a Green left turn filter.
The road markings seem to expect cyclists in this lane to go straight ahead, even though it's the left turn lane, because it is guided into the onward eastbound cycle lane. Just feels wrong and leaves cyclists vulnerable to the left turning traffic.
There should be a 'redmac' cycle lane between the left turn lane and the right hand lane. The road markings should guide cyclists from this lane into the eastbound cycle lane instead of from the left turn lane.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 2 threads
Demolition of ancillary buildings and removal of 1930's facade at the grade II listed Cambridge Union Society. Construction of replacement facade, reinstatement and refurbishment of historic features and internal and external access and refurbishment works including enlargement of existing cafe (use class A3) and re-opening of 'footlight's' entertainment space (sui generis). Demolition of squash courts and un-listed 3-5 Round Church Street in the conservation area. Construction of new link building for access and ancillary uses for the Union Society. Construction of adjacent new building with ground floor restaurant (use class A3) with 41 room post-graduate student accommodation above (use class C2) together with basement storage and services.
Cambridge Union Society 9A Bridge Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1UB
Application reference : 16/0673/FUL
Also a Listing Building Consent application: 16/0674/LBC Demolition of ancillary buildings and removal of 1930's facade at the grade II listed Cambridge Union Society
This morning I noticed that two new concrete bollards have been installed at the North end of the Carter Cycle Bridge. These seem to be completely unnecessary and the position will probably cause accidents to cyclists descending into Devonshire Road.
Were the Campaign aware of this and can we do anything to get them removed?
Plans are emerging for development on the Coldham's Lane site with implications for the surrounding area including links with Cherry Hinton.
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.
Created by Al Storer // 1 thread
Cycling and Walking provision at Cambridge Science Park is poor. Lets try and get it fixed
If it is not bad enough in a cycle city that the Great Northern Road, the new road to Cambridge's main train station and cycle parking, does not have a segregated and safe cycle paths, the new development is now being proposed which will prevent a segregated cycleway from access to the Station a Devonshire road.
Does anyone agree that there should be a segregated cycle access to the country's largest cycle park?
Created by Paul Bearpark // 1 thread
Objections to U&Cs outline planning application need to be submitted by 10 April. There seem to be some interesting ideas for improving cycling infrastructure but a lot that could be improved upon.
I've noticed a few of these around Cambridge where there's a "no through road" sign but it's a through road for cyclists and pedestrians. As there's a post already, if the council had a ready-made stock of plates saying "except cycles", "except pedestrians", a single operative could affix the plate below the sign to made it correct. It is highly deceptive and not serving those using non-motorised transport if they go the long way round not realising they can get through a quicker route.
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 Phil Wigglesworth // 1 thread
I cycle past this junction a lot, and sometimes the lights are red so I wait and look at the lanes and wonder why they're like this.
Created by Gingineer // 1 thread
I work near the station and the area out the front of the new building has short term cycle spaces for the shops there. These spaces are specifically for the retail units (ratios of this is in the planning application I understand). so the racks have to be installed and wont be policed by the retail units (such as the ones by Microsoft which are for employees) yet they fill with commuters who should be using the cycle park.
I have been thinking that Cambridge CC needs to agree a system (bye law?) to create short term racks. The colour should be different and signage provided but for racks that need controlling like this it is essential to stop antisocial cyclists piling up bikes.
Of course its difficult to police, and a heavy handed approach should be avoided but I see a growing issue across the city where racks for specific short term purposes are created but then filled with long term cyclists who should accept if they are parked all day that the extra 2 minutes walk for them to a proper cycle park is reasonable to expect. Otherwise this puts people off cycling the short distances as they fear they wont get a rack or will spend a lot of time scrambling for a spot.
Cyclists could be stickered and if caught again then fined. Or clamped to the rack with a fee to unlock (yes I know that sounds like it defeats the object but it should work after a while).
Created by GG // 1 thread
For a long time I have wondered about a crowd-sourced cycleability map.
In this, people cycle along a link (accepting the first question of how to define the beginning and end of this) then give it a thumbs up or down. After enough people do this, then others can see how popular it is.
Some people wonder about subjectivity but I think this should be less of a problem with more voters.
The reason I am asking is because this method could apply to a potential commercial project for a Council which wants to drive around 100km of rural roads and use a panel of 4 experts to grade meaningful segments on a 1 to 7 scale according to their suitability for HGV movements.
Any views on whether this is already done within an app I am not aware of, or could be it done by anyone as an add-on to something else, or is it something CamCycle could offer as a commercial package (there may well be more than one local authority looking for this sort of thing)
Created by wookey // 2 threads
Out of the A1307 Linton Greenway consultation has come a plan for the section between Addenbrooke's roundabout and the Babraham P&R, which the county/GCP are keen to move forward. There was an initial invite-only consultation event on Thur 31st Jan for local residents/residents associations to comment.
Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread
Huawei plans to develop R & D superhub at the 550-acre Spicer's Site in Sawston.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 3 threads
Downing College are cracking down further on people cycling through the area. Gate now moved and is locked.