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Greater Cambridge Cycling Network Set to Expand in 2018

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017

It promises to be an exciting year for cyclists as the Greater Cambridge Partnership continues its work on new schemes to extend the region’s first-class cycling network.

The Partnership’s work to improve the region’s cycling network is currently focussed on five cross-city schemes, 12 Greenways and the Chisholm Trail.

For the five cross-city cycling schemes:

  • Construction will start on the final phase of Arbury Road in February.
  • Following preparatory work this autumn, the main construction work on the Fulbourn/Cherry Hinton Eastern project will begin in January.
  • Work will commence on the Ditton Lane scheme in the summer.
  • The Hills Road and Addenbrooke’s project was completed in November.
  • Work on phase two of the Cambridge North Rail Station and the Science Park links kick off in January. Plans for phase three, at Nuffield Road, are being drawn up.

Also in early 2018, work will accelerate on the 12 Greenways projects, to grow new safe cycling links from the city to surrounding villages in Greater Cambridge, including the next round of public engagement events which begin in January. 

The first of those events will be held at Comberton Village Hall on 24 January, with additional workshops to be held throughout February in Melbourn, Trumpington, Coton and at Shire Hall. Visit the Partnership’s website for full event details.

Finally, work on the community-led Chisholm Trail – a mostly off-road walking and cycling route between Cambridge North and Cambridge Station – will also begin in 2018.

Working together, the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council are investing millions of pounds in the cycling network to encourage more people to travel by two wheels instead of four in a bid to reduce congestion on the roads.

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.

“So I am delighted our commitment and investment in cycling infrastructure will continue in 2018 – with a number of excellent projects due to begin, or be completed this year to further cement our position as the UK’s leading cycling region.”

Cambridge is the UK’s number one city for cycling, with a third of all residents cycling three times a week and 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.

Almost £16 per resident has been spent 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.