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Greater Cambridge - an innovative cycling destination

Published: Friday, December 1, 2017

The latest high quality cycleway in Cambridge is now open for business – part of a multi-million pound investment in the city’s cycling network.

Phase two of the Hills Road scheme, funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership, includes safer crossing points at the Long Road junction, two ‘floating bus stops’ and nearly 700m of 2.3m wide cycle lanes separating motorised and non-motorised traffic.

The Hills Road cycleway is one of a number of cycling schemes delivered or planned for the city and the surrounding area over the coming years by Cambridgeshire County Council and the Partnership to help encourage even more people to travel by two wheels instead of four.

Cllr Francis Burkitt, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Executive Board, said: “Cambridge and the surrounding district is an innovative and thriving cycling destination with ambitions to rival the top cycling cities in Europe.

“Almost £16 per head is now spent on cycling in Cambridge – more than any other city in the country outside of London – and more people regularly cycling in Cambridge than in any other city of comparable size.”

Cambridge remains the UK’s number one city for cycling – with 33 percent of all residents cycling three times a week, with almost half jumping onto a saddle at least once a week.

Figures show 29 percent of trips in and around the city are made by people on bikes, with more than a million trips recorded by the Parker’s Piece cycle counter each year.

Almost £16 has been spent per resident on cycling improvements in Greater Cambridge over the last three years on projects ranging from traffic signals that give priority to cyclists to the opening of the country’s largest cycle park, CyclePoint at Cambridge railway station.

5 cyclists waiting at traffic lights on the new cycleway on Hills Road, Cambridge.

Cyclists using the new cycleway on Hills Road

Work has now begun on the next phases of the Green End Road and Arbury Road cross-city cycling’ schemes – two of 18 major projects being funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to extend and further improve the city’s cycling network as part of a multi-million pound investment.

Cllr Noel Kavanagh, the county council’s cycling champion, added: “Cambridgeshire County Council and the Greater Cambridge Partnership are working hard to develop the city’s excellent cycling network to encourage more people to get on their bike.

“Our commitment and investment in cycling infrastructure will help to reduce congestion, improve the environment, enable the growth planned in the area and will cement the city’s status as a world leader in cycling innovation.”

The Partnership is also developing plans for 12 high-end walking and cycling routes, known as the Cambridge Greenways, to link the city and the surrounding villages.

Other projects include the Abbey Chesterton Bridge, funded by the county council, which will enable the construction of the community-led and GCP-funded Chisholm Trail – a mostly off-road walking, equestrian and cycling route between Cambridge North and Cambridge Station .

The UK’s first Dutch-style roundabout has been approved for Fendon Road/Queen Edith’s Way which will give priority to pedestrians and cyclists over motorists. The aim is to reduce the amount of accidents – with safety at the forefront of all forthcoming projects.

recent report by the National Infrastructure Commission praised the Partnership's strategy to address ‘first-last mile’ journeys in the city area and its “bold” vision for future transport solutions as a means of unlocking wider growth.

Infographic showing key cycling innovations in Cambridge, which are: Cycle Point (CCTV monitored cycle parking with 2850 spaces), sloping kerbs for easier cycle access, bus stop bypass for cycles (floating bus stops), advanced traffic signals, 12 greenways, 5 cycling schemes, and "the Chisholm Trail" linking Cambridge Rail Station and Cambridge North Rail Station.