The Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council won awards in both the Active Travel and the Future Projects categories at the CiTTi awards ceremony this week.
The second annual City Transport & Traffic Innovation Magazine (CiTTi) awards were held on Tuesday (21 November) in London and attended by policymakers, landowners, developers, architects, planners, and technology companies from across the UK.
The CiTTi awards aim to highlight achievements and innovations over the last 12 months in areas like sustainability, public transport and road safety.
The GCP and county council were shortlisted in two of the 16 award categories, winning both of them: the Active Travel Award (Sustainability) and the Future Projects Award (Transport).
The Active Travel Award recognises the best active travel schemes developed by local authorities and partners. The projects submitted for consideration by Cambridgeshire County Council and the Greater Cambridge Partnership were the Chisholm Trail (Phase 1), the Histon Road scheme and the Dutch-style roundabout at Fendon Road.
The Future Projects award recognises forward thinking and sustainable urban transport solutions and the positive contributions they can make to communities. For this award the GCP and county council submitted the Chisholm Trail (Phase 2), Mill Road (Cambridge), The Greenways and Milton Road.
Cllr Elisa Meschini, Chair of the GCP’s Executive Board, said:
“Cambridge is the UK’s leading cycling city, and these awards highlight the great work that has been delivered by the GCP and county council to improve walking and wheeling journeys for people who live, work and visit our region.
“Phase one of the GCP’s flagship Chisholm Trail project and the Histon Road scheme have been recognised as two of the best active travel schemes in the country, with the Future Projects award a nod to the transformational impact phase two of the trail and the Greenways network will have to make it easier for people to walk and wheel to work, school and to meet friends.
"We are committed to working alongside our partners to further upgrade our walking and cycling network to help cut congestion and to create safer and greener streets for everyone who lives and visits Greater Cambridge.”
Cllr Alex Beckett, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee, said:
“Providing safe and environmentally sustainable travel options across our county is a key priority for us, so it’s exciting to be see our efforts being celebrated at a national awards ceremony.
“We have the first true Dutch-style roundabout in the country, installed by the council as part of its leadership in active travel. Since it opened in July 2020, the number of cyclists using the roundabout has increased by almost 50% and pedestrian use is also up by 30%. We have received compliments on its layout and had great interest from other local authorities who are looking to install their own Dutch-style roundabouts.
“By working with partners and developers we want to ensure active travel is a part of everything we do. By doing so will support not only health and wellbeing but contribute to the county’s target of net zero by 2045.”