Proposals for a new community park and affordable housing on Milton Road, Impington.
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Proposals for a new community park and affordable housing on Milton Road, Impington.
Is there a way of persuading the council that they should not be having bin collections or road sweeping on major roads around the city, which also act as major bike routes, bus routes, car commuter routes so are deeply congested during "rush hour" at silly times, ie during the same "rush hour"?
Yesterday, it was a bin lorry wending its way down Hills Road at 8.45am; a danger to cyclists and the bin men themselves as well as causing a big queue. Today it was a road sweeper doing Maids Causeway which is a bus route at 8.30am, also causing a big queue. Both these roads will be significantly less busy come 9am.
It's not just bad for cyclists but everyone. There are plenty of quieter roads in the city that can be attended to between about 8 and 9am, so why choose to do stuff on what I'd call the trunk roads of the city, holding up all the buses and making it horrible for cyclists. It's a lack of joined up thinking in my opinion.
• The scheme is to be provided with an integral covered, secure cycle store designed
in accordance with current standards (Cycle Parking Guide For New Residential
Developments). The store is located along the rear boundary and is to be fitted with
Sheffield cycle stands at 1m centers to accommodate up to 12 cycles. Access would
be gained via secure gates (min. 1m in width) located from the front and rear of the
• The proposal benefits from 4 additional visitors’ cycle spaces.
• A covered bike storage area is also proposed for Waterhouse flats to replace the
existing external cycle parking spaces.
Erection of block containing 9 flats following demolition of existing building.
43 - 47 Water Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1NZ
Application reference : 18/1826/FUL
Extra blue and black bins have been put along Gonville Place, near where the cyclist counter used to be. They narrow the cycle lane in real, and effectively. Their location generally is poorly thought through (if at all). They are clearly intended for visitors to the winter fun fair on Prkers Piece, who will be on foot, but to use the bins they need to cross the cycle lane.
sound+fury // 1 thread
57 room hotel planned for what was the old police station.
Carlton Way gets a lot of through traffic during school run and both parent parking and commuter traffic create an unsafe environment for children going to Arbury Primary School or Pre-School.
A School Street on the section of Carlton Way between Perse Way and Brimley Road and on Hall Farm Road between Carlton Way and Topham Way might be one way of substantially improving the situation.
The county council cycling team are involved in a 3-year project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research Programme to grow delivery and passengers by bike, cargo bike and e-cargo bike in 100 cities. The project called 'City Changer Cargo Bike' was launched to an audience of EU institutions, national and regional governments, advocacy organisations and business leaders in October 2018.
Proposes new access onto Glebe Way cutting across shared-use pavement, interrupting it, putting give-way markings on the pavement and dropping the kerbs. Visibility splays are drawn to to the kerb instead of to the back of the pavement.
Proposed pedestrian crossing further south will also place poles, obstructions and potential conflict into the narrow shared-use pavement.
This is a real mess considering that they have plenty of space to widen the pavement and do it right.
Erection of a 2FE (420 place) primary school and single storey 52 place pre-school nursery with associated vehicle and pedestrian access, car and cycle parking, vehicular drop off area with landscaping and playing fields, a pedestrian crossing, footpath widening and ancillary works.
Proposed cycle parking in garage does not meet diagram 15 requirements.
Proposed: 5000mm by 2500mm
Required: 7000mm by 3300mm
Construction of 1No. 1 1/2 Storey Dwelling to land rear of No. 229 Milton Road, Cambridge
229 Milton Road Cambridge CB4 1XQ
Application reference : 18/1685/FUL
Cambridgeshire County Council has published proposals and consultation to introduce a residents’ parking scheme in the streets around York Street and New Street.
This is a long-overdue scheme.
There are a couple of issues:
- Building support for the scheme - residents' parking proposals have a key strategic role in reducing traffic, by almost eliminating circulation by drivers speculatively looking for parking.
- Making the case for the scheme in the face of opposition in a few streets because of a reduction in spaces where there is currently parking on both sides of the street (which means domination of the space for private motor vehicle storage).
- At last, elimination of pavement parking and the ability to enforce any pavement overrun.
- No cycle parking is proposed.
5 cycle parking spaces proposed
Cycle parking plan shows 'New Sheffield' Broxap shelter that is 5m wide, though this does not match up with the much smaller box shown on the Site Plan.
Cycle parking is not secured.
Existing accessway to site gives priority to motor vehicles and not people walking or cycling.
Highways has already chimed in to require that the applicants give a 25m visibility splay to the shared-use pavement alongside Babraham Road.
Erection of 4no. flats with associated bin and cycle stores, following demolition of existing bungalows. Erection of a valet building and creation of additional first floor space.
83 - 87 Babraham Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 4DD
Application reference : 18/1671/FUL
Undersized 'timber framed' cycle parking (1800mm by 3550mm, smaller than required 3100mm by 4200mm).
Erection of 4no. 1-bedroom flats in the rear garden with bin and cycle stores, following demolition of existing garage.
32 & 32A Gray Road Cambridge CB1 3TA
Application reference : 18/1708/FUL
Created by Daniel Dignam // 1 thread
Maybe it because I ride a bike with narrow tyres, or am over cautious, but ....
The new LED lighting they've installed has effectively made the path narrower (and it's already too narrow). I don't want to ride over slippery glass, and in a few places they've actually installed them on the bend (Shelford end on the inside of the bend, which was already tricky because of the manhole cover), and at the Addenbrooke's end when joining after coming under the bridge.
Why didn't they install them between the white lines like the old ones.
Am I worrying too much (I cycle 400+ miles a week, so like to think I'm relatively good at looking out for dangers) ?
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
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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/
Proposed route along the rail corridor through Cambridge, part of which is in the Cambridge Local Plan.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The County appointed an officer back in June to review parking policy across the County, starting with the City.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 9 threads
Major planning application here - c. 10,000 homes
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.
Created by Roxanne (Cycling Campaign Officer) // 1 thread
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 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.
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 Landbeach Parish Council would like the bridgeway from Landbeach to Cambridge to be upgraded to a cycleway.
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.
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 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)
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.
Over the past couple of years of regularly cycling between Waterbeach and Cambridge on NCN11 I have noticed that the path between Waterbeach and Baits Bite Lock is in really bad repair and is getting gradually worse. I have been in touch with the council to ask them to repair it, and they told me that as far as they are concerned the path is only a footpath, and they have no obligation to maintain it to a standard suitable for bikes. Sustrans tells me they have no responsibility for maintaining that section of the route, and that the council should be responsible for it.
It seems absurd to allow the path to fall into total disrepair, but at the moment it doesn't seem like anyone recognises any obligation for its upkeep.
I am happy to go out occasionally with some secateurs and chop off the more annoying bits of greenery, but the path needs resurfacing and that feels a bit beyond me!
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of problem? Have they come across it on other sections of the NCN?
The Cottenham to Histon cycleway needs improvement.
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
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.
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.
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.