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:

  • Catholic Church junction surfacing

    Created by Aidan Van de Weyer // 0 threads

    The Hills Road / Regent Street axis of the Catholic Church junction was resurfaced overnight (28-29 August) as part of the junction upgrade.

    Many of the damaged iron works (manhole covers, etc) have not been changed. Some are in a bad state and quite dangerous because they have worn smooth, sunk or tilted.

    I have contacted the Traffic Signals team at CCC, as they seem to be responsible for the works, and they should be getting back to me.

    If anyone else fancies having a go at finding out what is going on and whether anything can now be done, it would be very welcome.

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  • signage on cycle-pedestrian path next to Trumpington allotments, Cambridge

    Created by Robert Asher // 1 thread

    Hello, I'm wondering how many other Cambridge cyclists have shared the experience I've had (about once per month now) regarding a particular elderly lady who insists that bikes are not allowed on the "footpath" adjacent to the Trumpington allotments, between Shelford Rd & the new busway in CB2. This path seems clearly demarcated as a shared pedestrian-cycle path on the cycle maps provided at the council link (below). However, it is not clearly labeled as such on the path itself, leading her to become quite angry with any cyclist who gets near her & her dog while they're out walking (and obstructing the path to underscore her point). "It's a footpath" she yells, and storms away.
    So my questions are 1) am I correct in interpreting the council map (below) as permitting bikes on this path and 2) how might one go about requesting proper signage, clearly saying bikes & pedestrians are both welcome?
    Thanks for any feedback, Robert
    https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/sites/www.cambridge.gov.uk/files/documents/cambridge-cycling-map.pdf

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  • Pembroke Street closed from 2 September 2013

    Created by David Earl // 1 thread

    According to the Cambridgeshire Road works register, Pembroke Street is going to be closed for a long period starting September 2 by the museum of Zoology. Not clear what, if any, the impact on cycles would be, but the hole will be a dramatic 10m deep, so the works will presumably be quite extensive. Also, Tennis Court Road closed for one day on August 9 to prepare.
    http://roadworks.org/?u_se_id=30862209:1&e=545014&n=258186&z=7&t=b

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  • Police ignoring advanced stop lines

    Created by Chris Sandbrook // 1 thread

    I have just watched a police car over-run the advanced stop lines twice on Gilbert road, once at the Carlton Way cross roads and then again at the Milton Road T-junction. Both times the police car was approaching an already red light, so they had ample time to stop before the line. The second time they filled at least half of the box. If the police in Cambridge can't be relied on to respect the advanced stop line, how can we expect the general public to do so? Does anyone have similar stories or any suggestions on what to do about it? I didn't get the number plate unfortunately, because I thought turning round and photographing a police car on my phone might be more trouble than it's worth!

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  • Contractor's fencing part-blocking cycle path

    Created by Jon Warbrick // 1 thread

    Contractor's safety fencing for some of the work going on adjacent to Addenbrookes has been put up on the adjacent cycle path, presumably because it's easier to to that than put it up in the building site itself. Unfortunately this obstructs about a third of the path.

    Whoever did this obviously realised that this was problematic, since they have painted the path side of all the bases yellow. Unfortunately this doesn't help in the dark.

    I can't see any obvious contact details for the contractors, apart from 'Tamdown' on an attached 'Danger - Deep Excavation' sign. Anyone any idea how to get this addressed?

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  • Proper cycle provision on Cherry Hinton Road needed

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    Cherry Hinton Road is currently mainly typical 'blue sign on a pavement' provision, despite having the edge-to-edge width in places for proper cycle provision. A longer-term objective should be to upgrade this.

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  • Roadworks on the guided busway

    Created by Clare Causier // 1 thread

    This afternoon the guidedbusway was closed from Cambridge Regional College to Histon. There was a security guard in a car who provided information on the closure and diversion. However, there was no diversion signage for cyclists or pedestrians.

    When I returned home I checked cambridgeshire roadworks for further information but drew a blank.

    Is anyone aware if works on the busway is covered by any public notification system?

    Saturday afternoon is not a bad time for maintenance, but I imagine commuters would appreciate notice of works which affect their journeys.

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  • Temporary Traffic lights West site without cycle detection

    Created by Hester Wells // 0 threads

    Temporary traffic lights for building works between High Cross and Charles Babbage Road.

    I have received the following from our building facilities manager as these lights affect access to our building, and two others.

    "1. With effect from Monday 22 July there will be 3-way traffic lights positioned between the existing Charles Babbage Road and new CBR. This will last for 1 week. The lights will be installed on Friday ready for operation on Monday. These lights will have an operator to monitor traffic flow during peak periods (8.30am – 9.30am and 4.30pm to 5.30pm). Outside of these times the lights will operate on sensor detection for queued vehicles to avoid unnecessary queuing, and will automatically sequence between the roads when no traffic is present. Unfortunately the lights will not detect and activate for cyclists and cyclists will need to wait for the lights to operate on the normal sequenced rotation.

    2. Following the initial works and as work progresses along CBR, the traffic management will become 2 way light operation along the High Cross Access Road the CBR and this is expected to commence from Monday 29 July for a further 2 weeks.

    3. During the above the New CBR and Access Road to Schlumberger are being prepared and tarmacked – kerbs are being installed etc. Surfacing is to be complete by 12 August ready to opened for use by all to access via the New CBR after 12th August.

    4. Also after 12 August works will commence on finalising the junction at AVEVA/New Data Centre access and this will have 3 way traffic management and is expected to take 3 weeks.

    5. Finally the access road into site via High Cross will close from week commence 19 August and this will be for approximately 7 weeks. This closure will be fully diversion signed from Madingley Road and around the site with diversion management (sighs) taking us via JJ Thompson Road and round to AVEVA from there. However there will be a trial closure of the High Cross Road entrance on the Thursday/Friday 15th & 16th August prior to the work starting on 19th, just to ensure all the signage is correct and easily followed. "

    I am interpreting this as at least 6 weeks of temporary traffic lights which will not detect people on bikes.

    I suspect cycle detection was only mentioned because I had specifically asked this question when the issue of temporary traffic lights first came up.

    I have sent a message back to our facilities manager saying that I don't think this is acceptable as:
    1) Cycle usage is nearly as high has car usage here in summer
    2) I also see people using this as a through-route for Coton
    3) We are on a side road off a through-route for buses, so I suspect the lights on their normal sequence will not be at all favourable for a person on a bike trying to get out, as the normal sequence will not want to disrupt bus flow too much.
    4) I fear that the complete lack of provision will lead to some people breaking the rules, which could be dangerous.

    However, she is merely relaying these details to us and is not responsible for it. She can contact the site project managers about any issues, which I hope she will do.

    Any other ideas?

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  • North Cambridge 20mph consultation closes today

    Created by Ian Jackson // 0 threads

    DUPLICATE ISSUE OF
    http://www.cyclescape.org/issues/74-20mph-limits-in-cambridge
    - PLEASE RESPOND THERE.

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    The Cambridge City Council's consultation on 20mph speed limits in North Cambridge closes today.

    Here is the URL:
    https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/20mph-speed-limit
    If you haven't already done this survey, please do so.

    (I have said that I agree with all the proposals, and indeed that they don't go far enough.)

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  • Cyclists Dismount (Golden Hind Post Office)

    Created by Ian Jackson // 1 thread

    There are "Cyclists dismount and use footway" signs at some roadworks on Kings Hedges Road SE-bound outside the Post Office near the Golden Hind.

    I spoke to a worker who said the sign had been put in by their traffic management team, after getting permission from Cambridgeshire County Council.

    I have phoned the County who say one of their traffic management people will phone me back.

    I have also made this FOI request:
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/roadworks_traffic_management_cor

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  • Redevelopment of Ida Darwin site: SCDC planning application S/1066/13/OL

    Created by David Earl // 1 thread

    Ida Darwin Hospital, Fulbourn Old Drift, Fulbourn, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB21 5EE

    Approval is sought for a. A development brief for the Fulbourn and Ida Darwin hospital sites and b. Outline Planning Permission for the redevelopment of the Ida Darwin Hospital site with up to 180 dwellings (C3) including affordable housing, a 70 unit Extra Care facility (C2) with access and associated works, open space and landscaping, following the demolition of existing buildings on site.

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  • Garden Walk is two-way

    Created by Simon Nuttall // 2 threads

    Garden Walk is a two way street for all but the last few metres at it's junction with Victoria Road. At that end there is a cycle bypass to the no-entry. It's a bodge up that only transport planners understand.

    http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/10161/

    I've experienced it myself, but a resident of the street tells me of her frequent problems with aggressive oncoming traffic (mostly van drivers) that barge at her as she rides up the road. When she tries to point out how the street works they don't listen and challenge her knowledge because of her french accent.

    I've suggested these two signage solutions...

    Blue signs...
    http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/44690/

    Big bicycle markings on the road...
    http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/37295/

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  • Cycle parking at the fire station development

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    This new development is almost finished, but there is no obvious sign of cycle parking on the frontage - which I believe may be for shops - yet (and the back area is obviously not publicly accessible at the moment).

    Do we know what cycle parking is planned here?

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  • Railway Route between Cambridge and Cherry Hinton

    Created by Simon Nuttall // 3 threads

    The railway line from Cambridge to Newmarket turns out across Coldham's Common and right through the middle of Cherry Hinton, and then carries on passing to the north of Fulbourn.

    There are currently (2013) two main routes from the east of Cambridge to Cherry Hinton - the Tins and Snakey Path. However both have long very narrow sections involving pedestrian conflict.

    The railway line is single track - but satellite images show the bridges crossing Barnwell Road and Coldham's Lane were both built for dual track. So this means there should easily be enough room to accommodate a cycleway alongside the railway.

    This route could then connect up with the Chisholm Trail and provide a direct fast cycle route to and from the city and the Science Park area.

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  • University Arms hotel revamp

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 2 threads

    The University Arms (next to the entrance to Parker's Piece) is planning a new frontage.

    This could have cycle access issues.

    Also this would be a good opportunity to push for a contraflow from Hobbs Pavilion to Regent Street.

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  • Planning application 13/0646/FUL: Gonville Hotel

    Created by David Earl // 2 threads

    Key problem: they are trying to create a new car entrance off Gresham Road in the neck of the cycleway.

    "Demolition of Gresham House, and refurbishment and extension of Gonville Hotel to provide an additional 43 bedrooms and new spa/treatment rooms, with internal and external remodelling of the existing hotel to create a new dining area and hotel entrance, and associated external works and landscaping"

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  • Police refusing to take details of an accident over the phone

    Created by Heather Coleman // 2 threads

    A colleague has just come off the phone to the police, after being knocked off his bike on Hills Road. The Police are refusing to log this incident despite him being minorly injured and his bike being expensively damaged unless he comes into the Police Station in person to report it (he was cycling down Hills Road, person pulled out of side road without looking, in daylight and good visibility). As he works and lives near Addenbrooke's, this will take a great deal of his time, especially as he now has no transport, and he's just going "I can't be faffed, I've got work to do". This will also lead to him having to pay for the repairs to his bike, as, without an incident number, he cannot make an insurance claim.

    I note on our website the following advice: "If anyone is injured, the incident must be reported to the police. For minor injuries there may be little that they will do. However, they are obliged to record the incident so that it appears in statistics, and you will need an incident number from the police if any insurance claim is involved."

    I cannot believe that in the 21st Century, when I think we've had the telephone for over a hundred years, that people are required to physically visit the police station (of which there are fewer and fewer, and in many towns, hidden out of sight - my parents' nearest police station is now about 20 miles from where they live, despite living in a town of about 20000 people) to get an incident number.

    Is this true? If not, what can he/we do about the misinformation being peddled by the Police? If true, what can we do to drag our public servants (as a taxpayer, I help pay their wages, thus they are in effect my servants) into the 21st Century?

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