Proposal from Lib Dem councillors for a zebra crossing.
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sound+fury // 1 thread
Proposal from Lib Dem councillors for a zebra crossing.
Created by Nick Flynn // 1 thread
A list of carpenters, cleaners, electricians, plumbers and other tradespeople who can attend jobs in Cambridge without needing a car parking space (for example those arriving by cargo bike) would be a useful resource.
It could be used by people who cannot offer car parking, or those who would prefer to choose someone who can arrive by sustainable transport.
Erection of detached three bedroom dwelling and associated works at 11 Hinton Avenue, Cambridge 11 Hinton Avenue Cambridge CB1 7AR https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PKYV2ZDXIU500 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0015/FUL
Erection of a single-storey two-bedroom dwelling. Land To The Rear Of 89-91 De Freville Avenue Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1HP https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIFYUZDXHQ200 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1805/FUL
Created by Matthew // 1 thread
Cambridge City Council through the Environmental Improvement Programme (EIP) have allocated funding to improve the streetscape by increasing the number of trees along on Chesterton Road. We have identified a number of potential locations for new trees as shown on the 2 maps below.
Currently we have funding available for a smaller number of trees then shown on the plans below. We wish to prioritise a number of these trees for the first phase of works. We would hope to be able to plant further trees when and if we get additional funding.
This consultation gives local residents and stakeholders an opportunity to comment on and rate the potential tree location options put forward.
All the potential locations will need to take into account highways infrastructure and underground utilities services, which may affect the locations currently being considered.
This consultation will end at noon on Friday the 15th of February 2018.
sound+fury // 1 thread
Proposed landscape works to form accessible paths to the front of Fitzwilliam Museum https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PL0SJLDXIV100 Cambridge
sound+fury // 1 thread
A new building of 8 residential units, adjacent to Newnham Mill (currently housing MillWorks restaurant.)
Need to measure the cycle parking sheds
May be a good one to test policy 80 and continuous footways as this will cut a new access driveway into the existing footway on the east side of Clerk Maxwell.
Erection of 35 dwellings (12 x 1bed, 4 x 2bed, 10 x 3bed and 9 x 4+bed) and re-position of existing access onto Clerk Maxwell Road. Provision of new spine road, parking, cycle provision, landscaping and associated infrastructure. Clerk Maxwell Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PKP81SDX0CE00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/2062/FUL
4.16 Cycle parking for residents will be provided on the proposed basement level. Access will be
provided via the main lobby, leading to a cycle wheel ramp. This will descend into a cycle
store room with capacity for 38 cycles. The main staircase and lift will descend into the
basement for direct access to the main residential block.
4.17 As part of the development proposals, an on-site bike / ebike loan scheme will be implemented
for the future residents of the services apartments to provide a readily available opportunity
for travel by cycle.
4.18 Visitor cycle parking will be provided at ground level, with capacity for 24 cycles. These will
be provided adjacent to the western front of the site and can be accessed directly from
Dimensions look OK. Main issue is basement. I think it's unavoidable, so the questions are:
What is the gradient of the ramp?
Is there enough turning space at the bottom?
What provision is being made for people who cannot use the stairs/ramp to reach the basement? (none currently, but the courtyard looks reasonable) Alternatively can the lift be used for cycles? (it's 2m by 2m)
Where are the mentioned e-bike hire bikes being parked?
Serviced apartment (sui generis use class) scheme containing 38no self-contained 1xbed room units along with Cafe, gym and community space at ground floor with a vehicle drop-off zone, disabled car parking space, cycle parking and associated landscaping and retention of existing BLI frontage. Romsey Labour Club Mill Road Cambridge CB1 3NL https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PKPLWXDXIQ900 Cambridge Application reference : 19/0004/FUL
sound+fury // 1 thread
Pembroke College's redevelopment of Mill Lane
Cycle shelter in back garden appears to be 5m by 2m (crudely drawn) while application claims there are 12 cycle parking spaces.
Change of use to 9-bed HMO for 10 persons (sui generis) 78 Arbury Road Cambridge CB4 2JE https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PJZLO0DXIF000 Cambridge Application reference : 18/2013/FUL
Claims to only require 9 cycle spaces under SCambs policy (probably correct). Transport Statement proposes 5 Sheffield stands. Site plan shows 4 Sheffield stands, positioned outside the red line. Application form claims only '5' cycle parking spaces to be provided.
County Highways is objecting to danger on the public highway potentially caused by deliveries and customers stopping in the mandatory cycle lane, as well as the positioning of the Sheffield stands on what appears to be public highway land.
Change of use from furniture shop to mixed A1 (retail) and A4 (drinking establishment) De Freville House, 6 , 56 High Green, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5EG http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/4542/18/FL South Cambridgeshire Application reference : S/4542/18/FL
Created by TJ // 1 thread
NICE - (national institute for Health and care excellence) are running a consultation on active travel for encouraging the general population to travel actively.
Created by Robert Sansom // 1 thread
Proposed new signallng for Trumpington Road / Chaucer Road junction.
Issues with this:
1. There is no details as to whether there are toucan crossing signals for the shared use path across the Chaucer Road Arm.
2. It does not improve safety for city-bound cyclists/pedestrians who still have to avoid vehicles turning left into Chaucer Road.
2. There remains a major problem with the on road cycle lane on the outbound side where the rear ends of large vehicles, especially coaches and busses, enter into the cycle lane as the vehicles make the slight right turn after the existing island.
Work is meant to be starting 14th January! Can I write a letter on behalf of the cycling campaign pointing out these issues?
Claims more than 7 cycle parking spaces to be provided in courtyard but I can't find any real details.
Outline application (appearance reserved) for the erection of 8 studio flats. The Seven Stars Public House 249 Newmarket Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8JE https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PJDRKCDXI5K00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1934/OUT
Well spaced Sheffield stands except that poles are blocking the aisles, making them unusable.
Development of seven apartments in a barn style building with associated cycle parking, car parking, refuse store, access, landscaping and all other works necessary to facilitate the proposed development. Land At Hudson Close Hudson Close Cambridge CB2 8HD https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PJMC26DXI8D00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1953/FUL
Unsure why this is coming forward now but it appears they want to establish the Cambourne part of the busway that will run via Bourn Airfield site into Cambourne. There is a 4m 'footway' separated by a 0.5m buffer next to it. It's not labelled as such but this would probably be the 'strategic cycleway' link also via Bourn Airfield.
Approval of matters reserved for access, appearance, Landscaping, layout and scale following Outline planning permission S/3329/16/OL for a bus link between Sterling Way and Broadway. The outline application was not EIA development. Land between Stirling Way and Broadway, Land for bus Link, Between Stirling Way and the Broadway, Cambourne http://plan.scambs.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=S/4594/18/RM South Cambridgeshire Application reference : S/4594/18/RM
Proposes 120 cycle parking spaces via two-tier racks.
Four storey office development (B1 use) with associated car and bicycle parking, plant room, sub station and landscaping. William James House 50 - 55 Cowley Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 0WU https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PI6V39DXHMI00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1782/FUL
sound+fury // 1 thread
Redevelopment of buildings to provide graduate student accommodation for King's College.
Appears to only have 1 cycle parking space.
Change of use to large scale HMO (Sui Generis), including detached annex. 386 Milton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1SU https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PIASY5DXHNZ00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1796/FUL
There is now a nice new fully separated cycle path from the north end of Stow-cum-Quy along Colders Lane and Quy Road, which provides easy access to Anglesey Abbey, Lode, and a useful connection between cycle routes 51 and 11, with onward access to Wicken Fen. This is really great. However, to get onto this path from cycle route 51, just after the Newmarket Road junction with the A14, requires cycling along half a mile of busy, narrow, 30 mph road with no cycleway, and traffic calming (islands) that encourages wreckless overtaking of bicycles. The only safe option is to cycle on a narrow footpath with no signage.
Could at least painted cycle lanes be added to the road here, and with a 20 mph speed limit to make the village nicer for cyclists, residents and pedestrians? This could also encourage many more visitors to Anglesey Abbey from Cambridge to go by bike, and to go more regularly, benefiting the National Trust.
Cambridgeshire County Council have a project to upgrade the existing Girton-Oakington cycle path. The upgrade is planned between the northern end of Manor Farm Road in Girton and Mansell Farm in Oakington (start of 30 mph limit), between which the majority of the route will be widened to ~3 m. There are no real proposals to improve the junction with New Road.
cycle parking is a vague 'bike storage' area handwaved in the rear garden somewhere
the plot is oddly shaped like a triangle, and it's completely unclear how the rear garden could be accessed at all.
Erection of a detached 3-bed dwelling to the side of 57 Peverel Road. 57 Peverel Road Cambridge CB5 8RN https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PJ472YDXI2300 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1887/FUL
use of 'two-tier' racks in rear
Removal of front porch and side door. Bike storage to rear. 2 Cavendish Avenue Cambridge CB1 7US https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PJ0EYLDXI0I00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1884/FUL
no cycle parking
Proposed new dwelling 60 High Street Trumpington Cambridge CB2 9LS https://idox.cambridge.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=PITMKYDXHWY00 Cambridge Application reference : 18/1855/FUL
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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
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.
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.
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?
Rather than providing adequate cycle parking for their pupils this Sixth Form college is discouraging cycling and increasing the likelihood of cycle theft. The bikes that were previously attached to these railings are now left on the opposite side of the road where they are not so securely parked. See http://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/27865/ #27865 or #27866
Although some cycle parking does seem to have been provided: http://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/28093/ #28093, #28092 it is clearly not enough
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.
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.
Martin Lucas-Smith // 4 threads
The cycle lanes here are a mish-mash of narrow legacy infrastructure, and are often awkward to use.
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
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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]
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:
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.
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.
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?
There is a need for a link between the A14 Histon interchange with Ring Fort Path in Orchard Park.
Created by Al Storer // 1 thread
Motor vehicles frequently fail to give priority to cyclists leading to conflict
"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."
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.
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.
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?