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:

  • Mariner's Way underpass (Cutter Ferry path)

    Created by David Earl // 1 thread

    From: Old Chesterton Residents Association
    Sent: ‎01/‎02/‎2014 15:19
    To: ...
    Subject: Consultation on 5th February

    If you have views on the Mariners Way/Cutter Ferry Lane underpass, you have an opportunity to make them known at a consultation arranged at St Andrew's Hall on 5th February. Details are attached.

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  • Francis Crick Avenue

    Created by Heather Coleman // 1 thread

    At yesterday's BUG-WAG meeting, it was clear that Addenbrooke's themselves have heard dissatisfaction about this area. I said I'd forward comments from members, of which I remember many, but in no detail at all, just a lot of comments. However, doing a search for "Francis" or "Crick" pulls up no results, so either any thread on this is so obscurely labelled I can't find it, or all the traffic I remember seeing is on the members' email list which I don't have archives for.

    I've been asked to send comments asap, as I get the feeling they want to lean on the developers to fix snags.

    Either, can someone point me to the correct Cyclescape thread, or, assuming that doesn't exist, can people, if they can remember what they said (or think every day), can they repost here. I will collate comments anonymously into a file and send to Katharine Smith. The new LMB already had comments about how you are supposed to actually get a bike to the cycle parking from the road as that didn't seem to have been thought of!

    I get the feeling this is needed fairly soon, hence the plea so early on a Saturday morning, so I can try to do a dossier tomorrow or Monday.

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  • 14/0028/OUT up to 69 houses/apartments off Coldhams Lane And Hatherdene Close, Cambridge

    Created by David Earl // 1 thread

    Outline application for up to 69 residential dwellings including houses and apartments, open space, landscaping and new access. | Field At Corner Of Coldhams Lane And Hatherdene Close Cambridge Cambridgeshire

    http://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=MZ5BFUDX3E000

    New junction onto Coldhams Lane proposed, which includes a central island, the gap on the westbound side is 3.1m, about the worst possible for cyclists.

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  • Dangers from roadsigns for drivers placed on pavements and cycleways

    Created by Peter Lawrence // 2 threads

    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.

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  • Bizarre change at Marque development on Cherry Hinton Road

    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.

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  • Faded paint and invisible signs on shared/dual use pavements

    Created by Heather Coleman // 3 threads

    This is a general use issue so people can create specific threads about shared or dual use pavements where mainly the paint is so worn that they sometimes get abuse or are told off for riding where it's perfectly legal to do so.

    I'm not a great fan of these facilities, and totally subscribe to their use being 100% optional, but there are places where they are useful for some or many, for example a short stretch to avoid having to turn right twice, or to be able to make a turn at traffic lights rather than in the middle of an unsignalled area.

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  • Wests Garage, Newmarket Road, planning application

    Created by David Earl // 4 threads

    The erection of new student housing (257 study bedrooms) and associated communal facilities, cycle parking, and external landscaping following demolition of the existing buildings. Wests Garage Ltd 217 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8HD

    http://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MXJWTQDX3E000

    (see in particular Ground Floor Plan under Documents)

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  • Sawston crossing

    Created by Tim Burford // 0 threads

    I couldn’t tell from the Cyclescape map interface whether there is already a thread on the crossing at the northern junction to Sawston - but I see that it is now being rebuilt, and there seems to be a quite a sizeable central island. Did the inadequate plans get changed? (and why has there been no mention of this if so?)

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  • Building sites

    Created by Heather Coleman // 4 threads

    I'm creating this as a general "issue" in the hope that people will put different threads here for problems they have with building sites, generally associated with deliveries. Listing those problems and any action or complaints they've taken personally, and also asking how further complaints can be made.

    I can't help feeling we should be talking to the council about making it a condition of planning permission that deliveries that either require "odd" movements of HGVs eg, reversing and taking ages doing so, or parking on the street eg while delivering scaffolding, should not take place during "rush hour", especially on roads that are busy and are major cycle routes.

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  • Addenbrooke's "forum"

    Created by Heather Coleman // 2 threads

    The members' list has just had a post from a Tess Jones saying:

    > FYI
    > I wasn't able to go to the exhibition, but proposals are here:
    >
    > http://cambridgeforumconsultation.com/

    I've replied that as someone who works on site, this is the first I've heard about this. There are various implications, that need looking at, before we decide if and what we need to say in the consulation.

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  • Swavesey to Buckingway Business Park cycleway

    Martin Lucas-Smith // 1 thread

    County Council is building a cycleway that will run for a mile from Boxworth End in Swavesey to Buckingway Business Park and over the A14 to Cambridge Services. This will also be available for horse riders, as it links to bridleways in the area.

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  • Zizzi Restaurant on Bene't St - website

    Created by Heather Coleman // 1 thread

    Sorry, being a bit tongue in cheek here, but this just made me cross. And no-one has to follow this issue if they don't want to!

    website here
    http://www.zizzi.co.uk/venue/index/cambridge-benet-street

    I've been "in touch" and left these comments:

    "Your Cambridge Bene't St restaurant is allegedly "inspired by the huge cycling community". Therefore how come, in the "get directions" bit of the page, the only transport options are "car", "walk" or "train"? I know how to get from my place of employment to Bene't St by bike and even that there's a large underground cycle park just around the corner but, frankly, this is poor, and your marketing people need a rocket.

    I will be posting the url of the restaurant and these comments on Cyclescape to see what the rest of the huge cycling community think."

    I'll see what reply I get from their "customer experience team" and post it here as a thread when I do hear back from them.

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  • HGV and LGV traffic on Nuffield Road

    Created by Klaas Brümann // 1 thread

    Campaign for a 300m section of the unguided busway between Milton Road and the pedestrian and cyclists access at the end of Nuffield Close to be built as a road, providing a more direct access for lorries and cars to the trading estate.

    Nuffield Road’s residential section should then be cut-off for motorised through traffic just past Discovery Way, turning the first part of Nuffield Road into a residential close.

    Petition: http://iitm.be/ChestertonTrafficReduction
    Picture Gallery: http://iitm.be/NuffieldRoad

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