The county council is currently conducting a public consultation for the Benson North area in West Cambridge. This consultation will close 15 March 2019.
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Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread
The county council is currently conducting a public consultation for the Benson North area in West Cambridge. This consultation will close 15 March 2019.
The Councils are proposing that King's Parade have some kind of anti-terrorism blockage, presumably to prevent a car being driven at speed into a large number of pedestrians.
Clearly it is important that cycle access is not impeded unduly.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
Removal of existing cobbles, paving and bike racks to forecourt. Excavate to stablise ground, repair drains, lay new cobbles and paving and install new bike racks. Relocate existing Grade II pillar box. Kings College Kings Parade Cambridge CB2 1ST https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PM9BBUDXJG100 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0149/LBC
Although this development occurs on the other side of the road, I have just noticed that an additional document added in the revision of the planning application has proposed to cut the existing Babraham Road cycleway at two places, sticking driveways and give-way markings for unknown reasons, since the development is not on that side of the road...
Change of use to residential use and erection of 158 residential units. Site H/1:b - Land North of Babraham Road, Sawston, Cambs http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/3729/18/FL South Cambridgeshire Application reference : S/3729/18/FL
Amendments include the following, quote:
...a little bit rich coming from the people who want to cut two new access roads into Station Square however they are probably correct that such stands would become covered with a pile of bikes and block the footway, as they are almost directly in front of the station.
Any thoughts on what we should ask them to do in place of those stands?
Non material amendment on application 17/1356/S73 to remove cycle stands from the corner of Station Road and the reduction in overall cycle numbers from 632 spaces to 610 spaces. 32-38 Station Road And Land Adjacent Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 2JH https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PN79HPDXJVC00 Cambridge Application reference : 17/1356/NMA1
Erection of a bike store in the front garden. 23 Barrow Road Cambridge CB2 8AP https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PN63V8DXJUO00 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0227/FUL
22 Sheffield stands in the back garden however they do not appear to be covered or secured by a door.
Change of Use from Hotel (C1 Use) to House In Multiple Occupation (HMO) (sui-generis). Oakley Lodge 627 - 631 Newmarket Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8PA https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PMX2VHDXJQO00 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0212/FUL
Aside from the slightly small dimensions (possibly from old Local Plan) listed for a cycle parking space of 1800 by 560mm, and the lack of apparent Sheffield stands inside, it looks OK.
Single storey side/rear extension, addition of windows and roof lights and erection of an external cycle store. 19 Storeys Way Cambridge CB3 0DP https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PMTM59DXJP300 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0201/FUL
This appears to be a new application to replace an old, approved application for 9 flats. They have cut the number of flats by 3 and increased the number of car parking spaces by 5, losing a significant amount of greenery in the process. They have also replaced a purpose-built cycle parking facility with some scattered cycle shelters that look too small. Two are 1m by 2m, and one is 2m by 2.5m. No further detail specified.
One important thing is that they received approval to remove their existing driveway access points from Milton Road and instead put a single driveway access onto Union Lane. That's good, and they still intend to do that.
Extension and conversion of the existing building to create 6no. flats comprising 2 x 3-bedroom units and 4 x 1-bedroom units along with car and cycle parking and provision of a communal garden following the demolition of the existing studio building. 220 Milton Road Cambridge CB4 1LQ https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PMTJ3FDXJOZ00 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0199/FUL
The East West Rail project connecting Cambridge with Oxford and beyond.
Discussion for issues where East West Rail crosses existing cycle routes or creates the potential for new connections, particularly to new stations, but also to ensure that EWR does not become a barrier to cycling where it passes.
no apparent cycle parking at all
Prior Approval notification of proposed change of use from B1(a)(Office) to Class C3 (dwellinghouses) to create 9x 1-bed units. 23 Tenison Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 2DG https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PMGA10DX08G00 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0163/B1C3
D&A Part 14 has the details on cycle parking.
118 long-stay spaces
42 short-stay spaces
40 cycle hire spaces
Much of the long-stay is provided by Broxap Hi-Rise Two Tier Cycle Storage Solution (need to check if this is gas-assisted). The bottom row of these are provided by 'Sheffield stands' placed underneath the second tier. However it appears that these Sheffield stands are spaced at 800mm intervals.
There are also 18 'off gauge' spaces provided by Sheffield stands (however these are not well-positioned and we should recommend that they use half-height Sheffield stands that are positioned to the side of the cycle parking space, not the middle).
Southern guest cycle parking area page 143 has double doors of 1810mm width (not indicated whether it is easy to open the doors while walking a bike).
Northern guest cycle parking area on page 144 includes a 'larger bike parking space' that is smaller than a bike.
Both have 'Maintenance spaces' that mysteriously have a Sheffield stand in them - unclear what this is.
Full Planning Approval is sought for 150 room hotel and 180 room aparthotel (C1 Use Class), with ancillary uses including a restaurant, bar, cafe, co-working space and gym, along with associated cycle parking, car parking, landscaping, utilities and associated ancillary structures. North West Cambridge Site Lot H Cambridge https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PMESL7DXJIA00 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0156/FUL
No cycle parking proposed it seems.
The residents who filed a DCF petition objection seem to refer to some level of cycle parking, but I cannot find it.
Prior Approval notification of proposed change of use from Class B8 (storage or distribution centre), to a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) of the Use Classes Order (1987) to provide 9no. flats. Building To Rear Of 56 - 58 Cherry Hinton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 7AQ https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PM8V8EDX0BH00 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0143/CPP3
The bollard at the Cambridge Retail Park, which is supposed to stop this being a through route for cars, has been down for months. Drivers are now using the retail park as a short cut. This has made cycling through here more dangerous as there is more traffic and some of the drivers are driving too fast (and passing too close).
At the January South Area Committee Meeting, concerns were raised about cycling on the footpath along Hobson's Brook.
What is Camcycle's view (and members' views) about cycling here and in the surrounding area (which likely impacts cycling on this route)?
The City Council is consulting on a new wheelsports facility at Trumpington Recreation Ground / King George V Playing Fields.
The tracks will offer more inclusive and dynamic play and sport opportunities for 4 to 12-year-olds.
We’d like to know what you think about the plans. Your comments will help us finalise the designs and carry the proposals forward to implementation."
Cycle parking is a non-compliant 2500mm by 800mm box next to the house. 2 car parking spaces is higher than permitted 1.5 average.
Erection of a detached two storey, two bedroom dwelling. Land Adjacent 2 Mortlock Avenue Cambridge CB4 1TE https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PM72S1DXJEW00 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0141/FUL
Hybrid Planning Application comprising in Detail the demolition of the gym, Trinity Centre and Innovation Centre and the construction of hotel with gym, restaurant, café and business suite; and a building comprising multi-storey car park and three storey commercial floorspace (B1 floorspace to the first and second floor; flexible accommodation to the ground floor (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 and/or D2)) along with associated access, infrastructure and landscaping, and the change of use of the Trinity Centre to B1 as part of a phased development; in Outline the construction of a building up to seven stories to provide B1floorspace, with all matters reserved.
24, Cambridge Science Park, Milton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 0FN
Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread
Tesco appear to have asked the County Council to enable them to drive lorries into their store from Sedgwick Street (despite moving in in 2009 knowing that this was prohibited).
The proposal would make Sedgwick Street two-way for driving for 57m, then one-way for driving after that.
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 Aldo // 1 thread
In the coming weeks we, UoC Students from the Cambridge Hub, are going to do a survey on Mill Road in order to find out how people get to Mill Road and how they interact with it. The survey will be compared with the survey done last November in order to build momentum for the car-free Mill Road project.
We would love your input. Please give suggestions below.
For the survey, click on the link below.
Deadline for edits is this friday.
Anon // 1 thread
At the end of this blog post, it's reported that the segregated cycle path from Cambridge North station to the north of the Business Park will be closed to cyclists from March 2019 to December 2020 (a period of 21 months), for utility works relating to development on the Cambridge North site. Cyclists are to be diverted to the south side path (along the busway); pedestrian access on the north side will apparently be maintained.
In particular, this appears to prevent cyclist use of the recently opened gate at the south end of the Business Park for the duration of the works (unless perhaps one pushes one's cycle). Getting from or through Cambridge North to the Science Park will be less convenient, too.
Full text from Camcycle blog post. (Robin Heydon tells me this information originally came from Brookgate.)
Development at Cambridge North
Early works have begun on the further development around Cambridge North, where new offices and a hotel will be built. Within the next couple of months, a major cyclist diversion will be put in place which reroutes cyclists accessing the station via the segregated path along Cowley Road. This will be closed to allow utility works from Milton Road down to the station. Cyclists will be redirected along the Busway cycleway from Milton Road. There will continue to be road access for cyclists to the industrial and residential units off Cowley Road (including the Camcycle office), but not beyond this point. Note that there will be a signifidant increase in construction traffic along Cowley Road.
There is no pavement at the end of Cowley Road between Cambridge Commercial Park and the Network Rail land. Historically before Cambridge North station opened no pavement would have been required along this section of the road. Now that Cambridge North is open this is a popular route.
The lack of pavement here has meant one local business has setup a taxi service (other members of staff driving their cars) for the very short walk between the commercial park and Cambridge North station. This is resulting in more vehicular traffic (just this one business is around 2-8 extra car journeys per weekday) between Cowley Road and Cambridge North station making it less safe for people cycling.
While this is a discharge of condition 12 of a previous application this is quite a substantial project in its own right. It looks like a significant improvement, with a wide pathway for accessing the site, a bunch of fancy architecture (some sort of series of archways over the path), and even a parallel Zebra over one of the Science Park internal roadways.
See part 6 of the D&A statement for several mentions of Camcycle input.
While I am making this an issue I do not see any immediate reason to send in a response, but those involved with the pre-application talks may want to double-check, possibly even send a letter of support if happy.
Discharge of condition 12 (a scheme detailing the widening of the footway to allow for shared use walking and cycling and a scheme showing the layout and design of the plaza area to the East of the site, including vehicle circulation, pedestrian routes, kiosks, shelters, bollards and other ancillary structures) pursuant to planning permission S/3590/17/VC Transport Plaza, Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge, CB4 0FJ http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/0296/19/DC South Cambridgeshire Application reference : S/0296/19/DC
The cycle parking dimensions look good, almost lifted straight out of the guide. Main issues are: garden gate doors are only 90cm, the Sheffield stands are affixed with only M12 bolts, and the cycle shelter doors are not lockable.
Construction of 9 dwellings and new access Land to the rear of 10A, Rosemary Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9NB http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/0193/19/FL South Cambridgeshire Application reference : S/0193/19/FL
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A Camcycle member is looking at starting a local campaign group with the aim of getting a cycleway to connect the villages of Horningsea and Waterbeach along the B1047.
Please share your ideas and advice for the route here.
The County appointed an officer back in June to review parking policy across the County, starting with the City.
The Road between Great Wilbraham and Fulbourn is very well used by Cyclists, runners and walkers throughout the year. It is a single track road with a 60 MPH speed limit. A bicycle path here would encourage more people to cycle to Fulbourn and Cambridge. The path would significantly improve safety for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
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.
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.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 4 threads
The cycle lanes here are a mish-mash of narrow legacy infrastructure, and are often awkward to use.
Outline of issues affecting Histon Rd between Gilbert Rd and Victoria Rd. This stretch is without bike lane. Car parking on one side only, from Victoria Rd to pedestrian access to Recreation Ground.
The fuller length to the north is also part of a City Deal scheme.
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?
Conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on stretch of CGB shared-use path alongside allotments and CGB in Trumpington
County Council press release: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/CMSWebsite/Apps/News/Details.aspx?ref=1154
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]
"The Greater Cambridge City Deal was signed by Central Government, Council leaders, businesses and the University of Cambridge and aims to secure hundreds of millions of pounds for the areas of Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire.
The Greater Cambridge City Deal aims to ensure that the success of the area continues by investing in the transport infrastructure, housing and skills needed to see future economic growth.
The first £100m of funding will be made available for transport improvements in the five years from April 2015."
Martin Lucas-Smith // 2 threads
Need to check this planning application for access issues. It proposes to make a new car entrance through a high wall across a pavement at the end of Chesterton Road.
The cycleway cut-through here is very poor currently.
How can we support the growth of local initiatives ?
How can we overcome the division urban and rural cycling?
Would it be useful to establish a network of regional groups?
Could such a network become an interesting partner for the county planners?
Would politicians be able to hear us better if we speak from a position of regional awareness, a a group of groups?
Would it help the elected to understand that things are changing on our roads?
Could such a network support constituent groups, facilitate exchange between these groups, become a more important player in the national context?
Could such a network attract its own funding?
What would be a good name for such a grouping (NAMES ARE IMPORTANT)
We have CTC, Ely, A10 Corridor, Martin T thinking about something in Bury St Edmunds, "Routes around Chatteris", Wisbech forum (set up by the County), - anything else ?
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:
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?
Created by Al Storer // 1 thread
Motor vehicles frequently fail to give priority to cyclists leading to conflict
There is a need for a link between the A14 Histon interchange with Ring Fort Path in Orchard Park.
Talk by local historian about cycling in Cambridge
It has an uneven degraded surface in the cycle lanes from the Elizabeth Way roundabout until the bridge.
I've had a letter from the council. Not sure if someone put a copy through my door as they knew I was interested in the Fen Road, Milton, as it's dated 30th June which is over two weeks ago.
I think "suface dressing" ie loose chippings, is a totally inappropriate treatment for a road which has not that much motor traffic and rather a lot of cycle traffic. The loose chippings will be a skid and physical hazard for cyclists for months to come.
Created by Jon Warbrick // 1 thread
The County Council have a consultation running on "improvements along Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, to make it safer and more attractive for walking and cycling" between Hills road and Perne Road.
The consultation runs until Tuesday 18 June. There are two consultation events at Rock Road Library, 69 Rock Road, Cambridge on Tuesday 21 May and Tuesday 21 May.
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?
Huawei plans to develop R & D superhub at the 550-acre Spicer's Site in Sawston.
Please sign my change.org petition http://chn.ge/1epSzpK
Accident CC-23012014-0561 (Incident logged by the Cambridgeshire Police)
Leaving Zoology Department 18.15 walking east on Downing St, north side on 23 January, 2014. Car stopped in Downing st just west of Corn exchange road junction, obscuring the light. Lying on the road was a road sign warning cars of road works further left in Corn Exchange St, a needless warning. This 1 metre road sign had been placed on the pavement, occluding it seriously and had been, presumably, knocked over and left lying on the pavement with its black and invisible legs raised up about 10cm from the surface and its reflective surface tilted away (see picture). I tripped over the road sign in the dark and fell forwards injuring my face and forehead; the metal cut into my right leg. My glasses are destroyed, the leg of the sign tore my shoes.
I was taken to Addenbrookes and treated there. I left there ca 20.30 with head injuries and abrasions and now have an impressive black eye and surround.
I am seeking redress. I am exploring legal action against the County Council whose idiotic health and safety rules (for drivers, not for the rest of us) say that drivers should be warned in advance of even highly visible roadworks (in a 20mph area) and the company responsible for placing such a flimsy and dangerous sign right in the middle of a narrow pavement. Also am anxious that in general people who leave road traffic signs occluding the pavement or creating dangerous obstacles there, should be held responsible and penalised. I see these road signs often as I walk around Cambridge, they should be on or above the road, not blocking the pavement in my opinion.
The next day the same road sign, with my blood still on it, was back in the middle of pavement waiting to be knocked over again and even now forcing pedestrians to avoid it by diverting on to the roadway. I attach a photo of it taken on Friday the day following my accident with a diverted pedestrian on the right.
It was again fallen on the ground waiting to kill someone on Saturday night, presumably following the afternoon storms.