The busway path is currently closed south of Cambridge station - with a lorry parked on the cyclepath, a set of barriers right across the path and the bus tracks, and the driver standing there to obstruct traffic.
Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Cambridge Cycling Campaign:
Erection of 2no flats with associated works and landscaping on unused land behind The Seven Stars Public House
The Seven Stars Public House 249 Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8JE
21/04396/FUL | Erection of one three-bedroom dwelling with associated access, parking and landscaping. | 24 Elfleda Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8LZ
A new thread for discussions related to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the strategic transport authority for our region.
Change of use from agricultural land for the construction of an A10 bridge structure with associated earthworks embankment bridge landing, construction of a shared use route for non-motorised users between the Waterbeach Barracks site and Green End including a 3m shared footway cycleway and 2m grassed verge for equestrians and 1m grassed verge, hard and soft landscaping, lighting, construction compound and temporary haul roads
Land Between Green End And The Waterbeach Barracks Site Waterbeach Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB25 9PA
Application reference : 21/04625/FUL
sound+fury // 1 thread
Part demolition of the existing Romsey Labour Club building with retention of the BLI historic frontage and erection of 44no. serviced apartments (sui generis use class) along with a cafe, gymnasium, community space, and associated infrastructure and landscaping.
Romsey Labour Club Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3NL
Application reference : 21/04559/FUL
Change of use from a small HMO (use class C4) to a 9 bed large house in multiple occupation (use class sui generis).
49 College Fields Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1YZ
Application reference : 21/04425/FUL
Change of use from B1(a) (offices) to Class C3 (11no flats) with changes to external elevations including new balcony structure and dormer windows
620-622 Chartwell House Newmarket Road Cambridge CB5 8LP
Application reference : 21/04350/FUL
Change of use of a vacant office (Class E, previously Class B1) to Hostel (Sui generis) and use of the roof space as external amenity space.
49 Sidney Street (First And Second Floor) Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 3JF
Application reference : 21/04260/FUL
Sunday 26th of September 10.15pm I was cycling from Cambridge North to Histon. I collided with a fence immediately after exiting the A14 tunnel and sustained a dislocated shoulder along with other injuries.
There is definitely a hazard here because
1) the busway and tunnel from Cambridge North are brightly lit. The busway after the tunnel towards Histon is unlit.
2) about 30m after the tunnel the width of the busway tarmac surface suddenly reduces due to the introduction of the gravel strip (approx 1m wide). There is also a fence near the start of the gravel strip (I assume for the small animal tunnel)..
I cycled through the tunnel and noticed a cyclist coming in the opposite direction (without lights), so I took avoiding action by moving to the left. I may have then glanced at my mobile phone on my handlebars. When I looked up I saw the fence in my headlight. I then hit or clipped the fence.
Replacement of an existing building with a development of 3 no. self-contained flats
21 Sandy Lane Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1HZ
Application reference : 21/04212/FUL
Erection of 3 dwellings along with off street parking, private amenity space, cycle parking/ storage and refuse storage, demolition of existing rear garage lean-to and reconfiguration of the pavement along Stanesfield Road
Land Adjacent To 25 Rawlyn Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8NL
Application reference : 21/04190/FUL
Conversion and extension to provide seven flats
3-4 Market Hill Cambridge CB2 3NJ
Application reference : 21/04188/FUL
Part demolition of outbuildings, erection of single storey annexe and change of use to 6 bed HMO (Sui Generis) for 6 persons
7 Kent Way Cambridge CB4 2QY
Application reference : 21/03983/FUL
Construction of 2 no. 2 bed flats with associated bin and cycle stores
Land Adjacent King Hedges Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire
Application reference : 21/03991/FUL
Change of use to 11bed HMO for 11 persons (sui generis).
157 Shelford Road Cambridge CB2 9ND
Application reference : 21/03899/FUL
21/03821/FUL | Extensions and alterations to pair of semi-detached dwellings to create 6x new apartments and 1x detached one bedroom unit. Improvements to front boundary wall and front garden area, including off road parking for 2 vehicles retained and bins and cycle store provided.
87 Perne Road Cambridge CB1 3SB
Construction of 6no. dwellings together with access, car parking, bin and bikes stores, landscaping and associated infrastructure
Erection of 7 apartments comprising 1 x 2-bed and 6 x 1-bed units, including bin and cycle storage facilities, together with reconfiguring the pedestrian access to 56A and 58A Cherry Hinton Road and installation of a new ground floor rear wall to the retained retail unit at 56-58 Cherry Hinton Road, following demolition of existing warehouse building
21/03437/FUL | Division of existing property into 4 no. 1 bedroom Flats including the construction of a single storey rear extension, two storey side extension and partial first floor extension. | 136 Mowbray Road Cambridge CB1 7TG
21/03508/FUL | Erection of 2 No. dwellinghouses together with associated access and landscaping works | Land To The Rear Of 368-370 Milton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1SU
21/03538/CL2PD | Certificate of lawfulness under Section 192 for a change of use of Unit 8 from Dwellinghouse (Class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation (HMO ( 6 bed )) (Class C4), retention of Unit 8A as a separated unit used as a Studio Flat and minor internal layout alterations. | 8 Oak Tree Avenue Cambridge CB4 1BA
21/03467/FUL | Construction of 4no, 1bed flats and associated external works to rear. |
17 - 19 Radegund Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 3RH
21/03439/FUL | Erection of 3 No. 1 bedroom duplex dwellings with associated landscaping, parking, bin and cycle storage. |
Land Adjacent To 22 Mill End Close Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB1 9HS
21/03498/FUL | Demolition of existing garages and area of hardstanding and erection of 3 No. dwellings together with car parking, landscaping, bin and bike stores and associated infrastructure.
Land At Borrowdale Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 3HU
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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.
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
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?
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/
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.
As the bridleway crosses Milton Road, it swaps sides of the busway, so most pedestrians and cyclists want to cross diagonally. However the toucan crossing only protects people crossing Milton Road. It doesn't stop busway traffic.
This is confusing and dangerous. When the road traffic stops at red lights, and the Toucan crossing turns green, it feels very safe to cross the busway. Yet buses can come from three directions (busway west, busway east, Milton Road south) at speeds of 30 mph.
Cyclists in particular are tempted to cross diagonally from north west to south east. Last week I saw a near accident.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Starting a thread about this application here so we can continue on from the previous planning list discussion.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 10 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.
The Landbeach Parish Council would like the bridgeway from Landbeach to Cambridge to be upgraded to a cycleway.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)