Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Cambridge Cycling Campaign:
Non material amendment of outline planning permission S/2682/13/OL
Land North of, NEWMARKET ROAD, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Application reference : S/1610/19/NM
The site at Newbury Farm has been allocated for housing development by Cambridge City Council in the Cambridge Local Plan 2018 (known as site ‘GB2’).
This Land is drawing up outline plans for the development of c. 230 new homes at Newbury Farm, located to the south of Worts’ Causeway and to the north of Babraham Road in Cambridge. The site has been allocated for housing development by Cambridge City Council in the Cambridge Local Plan 2018 (known as site ‘GB2’).
Marshalls Aerospace are to close Cambridge Airport and relocate. This creates a massive area for new development.
Discharge of conditions 32 (footway/cycleway Oakington Road) 33 (widening of existing footway/cycleway Oakington Road), 34 (Widening of existing footway/cycleway Rampton Road) and 35 (Improvements of bus stop) of planning permission S/1606/16/OL for outline planning permission for the erection of up to 126 dwellings, formation of a new vehicular & pedestrian access onto Oakington Road and associated infrastructure and works (All matters reserved apart from access).
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.
GCP should be applying for the second Tranche. This was discussed at the May monthly meeting where we created a list of possible schemes. This issue is designed to both create additional items for this list, and also expand on the needs of each of these items.
Cambridge University is planning to refurbish 1 Regent Street for its Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Currently there are very anti-cycling 'No cycle parking' notices along the railings, which is hardly an example of sustainability leadership.
We should use this as an opportunity to get cycle parking along here.
Application for approval of all reserved matters (appearance, landscaping, access, layout and scale) for 73 dwellings following outline planning permission S/0388/12/OL .
Land south east of the B1050 at Station Road, Parcel H8, Phase 1, Northstowe, Longstanton, Cambs
Change of use from restaurant and associated staff accommodation to bed and breakfast (20no rooms) with Managers flat.
11 Napier Street Cambridge CB1 1HR
Application reference : 18/1520/FUL
Redevelopment of existing bus turning head and redundant service area to provide new hotel and ancillary restaurant (Use Class C1), new public realm (urban park) and landscape improvements together with associated highway works to East Road providing new bus stops, pedestrian and cycle routes.
Grafton Centre Fitzroy Street Cambridge CB1 1PS
Application reference : 19/0512/FUL
Erection of 2no. 2-bed dwellings with associated access, car parking and landscaping following demolition of existing garage.
Land Rear Of 305-307 Milton Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1XQ
Application reference : 19/0515/FUL
Contractors are currently rebuilding the section of the Stapleford to Sawston cycleway (part of NCN11) between Sawston traffic lights and the junction with the Sawston Bypass. This isn't a problem in itself and is welcome but it is a bit surprising - while this section of the path was uneven in places and rather narrow it was still better that much provision elsewhere (including elsewhere on this cycleway). It looks like it part of this.
Unit 330 is a circa 30,000 sq. ft over 2, 330 , Cambridge Science Park, Milton, CB4 0WN
First Floor front extension. Window and external door renewal. External repairs to existing area of hard and soft landscaping. Reduction of car parking spaces and provision of new bin store and cycle shelter.
(location is approximate)
Erection of two new private residential blocks comprising 158 student rooms and associated facilities
Planning Application Ref:
Full Planning (Small Major)
Orchard Park CP
Western side of Land Parcel COM 4 Orchard Park, Neal Drive, Cambridge
Erection of two new private residential blocks comprising 158 student rooms and associated facilities
Out for Consultation
Outline application for planning permission with all matters other than access reserved, for the development of up to 50 residential dwellings and a Community Park to provide recreation and leisure facilities, including a community building, and associated works.
Outline planning permission with some matters reserved except for appearance for the redevelopment of the former Gestamp factory site at Bourn Airfield for up to 24,620sqm/265,000sqft GEA of commercial floorspace (B1c light industry and B8 warehouse), associated car parking and service yards, external works and landscaping
Discussion of potential improvements for walking and cycling in Madingley village.
Cambridge Biomedical Campus Transport Needs Review report came out a couple of weeks ago. Whilst some of it is good, I think the cycling stuff is poor in general:
- They look at cyclist safety in the surrounding area but due to the dates and area selected, they claim no fatalities. Ignoring Steve Moir's death is insensitive at best.
- I didn't see any mention of NCR 11 passing through the site which suggests to me they didn't even realise
- A tiny bit about air pollution but the word climate doesn't even appear
- 'The segregated route alongside the CGB' - Do they mean segregated from buses?!
- 'Site observations showed the route alongside the Busway to the west of the site to be particularly well used by pedestrians and cyclists and of high quality'. It's unsafe due to lack of separation from buses and pedestrians, too narrow for numbers and given speed differences over bridge and crosswinds.
- Nothing about the bus stops in mandatory cycle lanes
- Section 5.3.3 - peak counts/hour would be very useful
- 'Site visit observations suggest that cycling infrastructure near to CBC is currently performing well with the current demand' - CGB path is way over capacity at peak times. I don't know about the other routes.
I propose complaining about the standard of the cycling part of the report.
Rather pitiful looking front 'garden' with some things sticking out of the wall supposedly providing eight cycle parking spaces. Note that the photograph included in the D&A statement seems to show 'no cycles' signs plastered on the same wall.
Change of use to a large HMO (sui generis use class) with seven bedrooms serving seven people.
62 Silverwood Close Cambridge CB1 3HA
Application reference : 19/0389/FUL
What appears to be two Sheffield stands in the garden. The spacing is only 70cm. They are uncovered. The exterior door appears to be 90cm.
Erection of a two bed dwelling to the rear following demolition of existing garage.
42 Birdwood Road Cambridge CB1 3SU
Application reference : 19/0379/FUL
Outline Application for the erection of up to 28,000sqm of mixed B1 (a) offices, B1 (b) research and development, B1 (c) light industrial, B2 general industrial, B8 storage and distribution, and A1/A3 amenity cafÃ©, with all matters reserved (Access from Beech Road, Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale)
Land To The West Of Cambridge Research Park, Beach Drive, Landbeach, CB25 9TL
Application reference : S/4615/18/OL
Huawei plans to develop R & D superhub at the 550-acre Spicer's Site in Sawston.
External works including parking reconfiguration and new pedestrian crossing; new shopfront to western elevation; reconfiguration of rear ramped access; creation of three door openings; formation of loading bay; and raised plant deck.
Unit 10 Cambridge Retail Park Newmarket Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB5 8WR
Application reference : 19/0347/FUL
They are proposing to expand the car park by adding 45 car parking spaces along the service road that crosses the Tins.
Transport Statement section 5.2.5 describes a set of measures to create proper visibility splays at the crossing of the Tins and reinforce the give-way markings for drivers. This sounded great...
However, Appendix D several diagrams and some of them show give-way markings being painted on the cycleway in addition to the service road.
In contrast, the existing situation is that the Tins is continuous and the give-way markings are painted on the service road.
This may only be a mistake in some of the diagrams, it does not appear to be mentioned in the text, but we must object that these diagrams show an interruption of the Tins and a degradation of the cycleway.
19/0358/FUL | Car park extension to provide 45no. new parking spaces. | 21-25 Coldhams Business Park Norman Way Cambridge CB1 3LH
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Demolition of ancillary buildings and removal of 1930's facade at the grade II listed Cambridge Union Society. Construction of replacement facade, reinstatement and refurbishment of historic features and internal and external access and refurbishment works including enlargement of existing cafe (use class A3) and re-opening of 'footlight's' entertainment space (sui generis). Demolition of squash courts and un-listed 3-5 Round Church Street in the conservation area. Construction of new link building for access and ancillary uses for the Union Society. Construction of adjacent new building with ground floor restaurant (use class A3) with 41 room post-graduate student accommodation above (use class C2) together with basement storage and services.
Cambridge Union Society 9A Bridge Street Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB2 1UB
Application reference : 16/0673/FUL
Also a Listing Building Consent application: 16/0674/LBC Demolition of ancillary buildings and removal of 1930's facade at the grade II listed Cambridge Union Society
I've long thought the Green End Road area, specifically the section closest to Milton Road, is prime territory for a big reallocation of space, with segregated cycleways, pavements and a narrowed road.
There is a *small possibility* of including an ambitious plan for this in the station project.
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:
For a long time I have wondered about a crowd-sourced cycleability map.
In this, people cycle along a link (accepting the first question of how to define the beginning and end of this) then give it a thumbs up or down. After enough people do this, then others can see how popular it is.
Some people wonder about subjectivity but I think this should be less of a problem with more voters.
The reason I am asking is because this method could apply to a potential commercial project for a Council which wants to drive around 100km of rural roads and use a panel of 4 experts to grade meaningful segments on a 1 to 7 scale according to their suitability for HGV movements.
Any views on whether this is already done within an app I am not aware of, or could be it done by anyone as an add-on to something else, or is it something CamCycle could offer as a commercial package (there may well be more than one local authority looking for this sort of thing)
I cycle past this junction a lot, and sometimes the lights are red so I wait and look at the lanes and wonder why they're like this.
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.
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 ?
Conflict between pedestrians and cyclists on stretch of CGB shared-use path alongside allotments and CGB in Trumpington
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.
This junction has often been suggested a prime site where a continental-style 'all green phase' signalling scheme could be tried.
The A14 Histon Interchange is hostile to bikes as their is no way to safely cross the entrance slip roads onto the A14.
Huawei plans to develop R & D superhub at the 550-acre Spicer's Site in Sawston.
There is a need for a link between the A14 Histon interchange with Ring Fort Path in Orchard Park.
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 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]
County Council press release: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/CMSWebsite/Apps/News/Details.aspx?ref=1154
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?
The cycle lanes here are a mish-mash of narrow legacy infrastructure, and are often awkward to use.
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.
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
The new road layout here means that eastbound cyclists travelling straight-on find themselves in the left-turn lane, stopped by a Red light, and blocking traffic turning left into the Park and Ride who have a Green left turn filter.
The road markings seem to expect cyclists in this lane to go straight ahead, even though it's the left turn lane, because it is guided into the onward eastbound cycle lane. Just feels wrong and leaves cyclists vulnerable to the left turning traffic.
There should be a 'redmac' cycle lane between the left turn lane and the right hand lane. The road markings should guide cyclists from this lane into the eastbound cycle lane instead of from the left turn lane.
Drivers ignoring the marked priority at Magdalene pinch point is a regular occurrence when faced with city bound riders. At times this can be very dangerous. Especially when large numbers of riders are forced into a very small gap between the vehicle and the bollards. I should imagine the situation is especially unpleasant travelling with small children. Also difficult to resolve with a wider cargo cycle, trailer or trike.
The link from Barton Road to the Lammas Land car park (and the car park itself) have been closed to all use by the County Council for some development work. This is a buisy cycle route, and no effort has been put into providing a diversion. Currently most people are cycling across the grass behind the hedge beside the road (though how long this will remain possible if it rains is unclear); an alternative is to use other paths across Lammas Land, but they are narrow, not actually marked for cycling, and it's further.
According to a notice at the junction with Barton Road this work will continue to the start of December. There was and is no warning when approaching from east of the river.
"14/0447/FUL | Change of use from motor bike show room to supermarket with cafe [without cooking facilities] and installation of air compressor unit. | 192 Green End Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 1RN"
Improvements and changes to Perne Road - making this as cycle-friendly as possible.