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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Proposed route along the rail corridor through Cambridge, part of which is in the Cambridge Local Plan.
I've visited Riverside to Waterbeach with William Rayner of county cycling team. He's revising signage here and providing it along the St Ives corridor, with the old NCN 51 being renamed Regional Route 24 (blue patch). We've decided finally to continue to sign NCN 11 from Riverside Bridge to Waterbeach Station, and he's looking at suitable (hopefully temporary) wording to advise to follow NCN 51 to Bottisham for destinations beyond Waterbeach, which will hopefully eliminate misrouting those from outside the area.
Our inspection of existing signs showed that only one new signboard was provided on completion 5 years ago of Riverside Bridge. Signboards still send people via Green Dragon. Sustrans considers signage is an important part of any route project.
The intention is to sign Milton Country Park as a destination, not as part of the route, removing route signs within the park, and probably retaining Coles Road as the signed route through the village, though it would be much preferable to have improvements past the shops and the village green, pubs etc.
Retaining the route to Waterbeach as NCN will help keep the gap in people's awareness.
I am planning to contact again the landowner of the missing link between Bottisham Lock and Fen Road, Lode with a suggestion for a low-level route, southeast side of the Bottisham Lode floodbank which is the route of the public footpath, where signs forbid cycling. It might be considered more visually acceptable. All parish councils are for the route, including the one of which he is a member.
There is a campaign for a cycle route between Bar Hill and Cambridge, also connecting Dry Drayton, Madingley and Coton to North-West Cambridge.
Currently cycle provision for these villages is poor. Bar Hill has lower rates of cycling than other villages that are closer to Cambridge.
The campaign site is: http://www.bhddmadcycle.com/
My employer is planning to relocate from central cambridge to the Cambridge Business Park (near Waterbeach). There is currently no decent cycle (or footpath!) access to this business park which avoids riding along the A10. I am a confident cyclist but I am not looking forward to riding to work along sections of the A10.
Are there any plans for cycle route construction which the campaign can, perhaps, help accelerate?
Our campaign for safer walking and cycling to/from NWCambridge now has a petition and a first video (of five) summarising our position.
See our new video summarising our petition:
I’d be delighted if you could promote this to your networks. Time is of the essence because a Senate House discussion is coming up [3 Nov 2015], and I will report the number of signatures on our petition there. (But signatures after the date will still be useful.)
Anyone is welcome to sign the petition; we ask people to use the Comment field to let us know if they are University Member / University employee / City resident / SouthCambs resident / etc.
For twitter purposes the recommended hashtag is #EddingtonSafety and there is an @EddingtonSafety account too.
Thanks very much
David J C MacKay FRS
Regius Professor of Engineering,
Cambridge University Engineering Department
Girton resident and parent.
Cambridge Cycling Campaign Member
The Reach Fair ride takes place on the early Bank Holiday Monday (May Day) in May.
The web page for it is:
The planning overview is summarised:
I've created this issue to help plan this event.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
The permeability gate between Hooper Street and Kingston Street is obstructive as it only allows passage in one direction at a time.
Given the ever-increasing amount of cycling in areas like this, it's time to get this replaced with a simple bollard arrangement that would allow two-way passage whilst still enable the emergency services to unlock for access in an emergency.
The A14 is a very hostile, dangerous road for cycling.
Improvements to it, as well as broader changes to the national framework for cyclist crossings of major roads, are needed.
The County appointed an officer back in June to review parking policy across the County, starting with the City.
Vehicles are continually abusing cyclists who use the road here because the bus lane on the other side forces the carriageway to be narrow.
Although there is the cycleway, it has the usual problems of loss of priority at sideroads, bins in the way, people going in and out of driveways, etc.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 8 threads
Milton Road, like other main roads in the city, is a mix of typically bad bits of cycle infrastructure. There is considerable scope, possibly within the City Deal funding, to rework the whole streetscape to Dutch standards.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
There's a very poor dogleg right-angle with barriers at the entrance/exit from the West Cambridge site to Clerk Maxwell Road.
This should be turned into a wide splay with good visibility.
The Cottenham to Histon cycleway needs improvement.
The current Barton to Cambridge off road cycle path starts at the White Horse in Barton. During term time Cambridge bound traffic is now backed up and slow moving throughout Barton along the A603. This leaves no clear safe route for cyclists. The road has white hatchings down the middle and would be wide enough for a proper on-road cycle lane to leave a safe passage past the queuing vehicles.
Has there been any improvement in the "new" NCN 11 route from Waterbeach to Lode since last summer? Last time I went that way I had to wheel the bike across fields and carry it over two or three stiles.
Any information, including a forecast date when a proper route is likely to be built, welcome. Thanks.
Created by cobweb2 // 3 threads
Starting a thread about this application here so we can continue on from the previous planning list discussion.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 9 threads
Major planning application here - c. 10,000 homes
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.
London Cycling Campaign has reorientated its policy towards a 'Go Dutch' approach.
This aims to learn from best practice abroad rather than continuing with the 'hierarchy of provision' that, in 20 years in the UK, has arguably failed to deliver meaningful change.
This is an overarching issue for conceptual discussion of this issue.
The Landbeach Parish Council would like the bridgeway from Landbeach to Cambridge to be upgraded to a cycleway.
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.
At the moment it is possible to cycle from Cambridge Road, near Madingley, to Girton, on a bridleway that crosses over the A428 and then passes under the M11 at the Girton Interchange. You can then cross three roads (A1307) and reach a pavement on the North-East side of the Interchange. Using the pavement you can then reach Washpit Lane and cycle up towards Girton. (The pavement is marked as a shared-use route on the OSM Cycle map, although I am not sure that it really is.)
Apart from having to be careful when crossing the A1307 junction it is a rather pleasant route to ride.
The Girton Interchange is being "improved" to reduce the bottleneck for cars. Does anyone know what plans there are to ensure that the current route through remains open and whether there are plans to improve the bridleway route through? Or will this be another example of roads being developed to the detriment of footpaths/bridleways.
There are some evil short grey posts on the busway cycleway that are really hard to see in the dark. I have heard of a number of people hitting them with disastrous consequences
Created by Michael Cahn // 12 threads
Project Orange is an attempt develop our general strategy during the year 2013.
1) Should Cambridge Go Dutch (or Copenhagenize)
2) A more assertive stance in our interactions with agencies: Demanding of them to make feasible what seems infeasible
3) focus on a regional area 10 miles (15 km) around Cambridge and a dartboard network structure to connect villages,
4) the development of a Bicycle Infrastructure Assessment Tool (BIAC) which will allow us to grade and praise provision
5) Priority over sideroads as part of a Dutch-style approach
5) Development of Visualisation Tools for major projects (Chisholm Trail, Newnham to Newmarket Rd, Mitcham's Corner)
Because of queuing for the Grand Arcade car park, amongst other things, the mandatory cycle lane on Pembroke Street and Downing Street is routinely abused by motor vehicles – one every 66 seconds on a Saturday afternoon http://www.cyclestreets.net/galleries/221/.
The corner at Free School Lane is a particular concern because vehicles traveling east can't see oncoming cycles.