Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Greater Cambridge has signed up to a project designed to further promote the city region as one of the UK’s top cycling destinations.
Cambridgeshire County Council and the Greater Cambridge Partnership will be working together with sustainable transport charity Sustrans to produce reports capturing data on infrastructure, travel habits, public attitudes and the impact of cycling as part of the Bike Life initiative.
Bike Life, founded in 2014, has been used to develop cycling strategies, justify investment and delivery of schemes, support air quality plans, and demonstrate the benefits of cycling.
The reports, due to be published in 2020 and 2022, will help to build the case for a better cycling framework and inform planning at a local level whilst shaping the funding landscape for active travel across the UK.
Councillor Ian Bates, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Economy and Environment Committee and Greater Cambridge Partnership Board Member, said: “I’m delighted that Greater Cambridge has been successful in joining the Sustrans Bike Life project.
“This means that much more data can be collected to gauge the progress that is being made in getting more people cycling more safely and more often across the area.
“Gathering more information will help build the case for further investment in walking and cycling, which is so important in helping to tackle traffic congestion, improve air quality and produce a network which allows a broader spread of people to feel safe and confident cycling”
Cambridge is already 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 and numbers are rising year on year.
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 new links between villages.
The cycling network across Greater Cambridge is set to expand further in 2018, as the County Council and Greater Cambridge Partnership are together investing millions of pounds to encourage more people to travel by two wheels instead of four in a bid to reduce congestion on the roads.
The Partnership’s work to improve the region’s cycling network includes the delivery of five ‘cross-city cycling’ schemes including Arbury Road and Fulbourn Road, with work progressing on the development of 12 Greenway routes linking to local villages and employment sites and The Chisholm Trail.
The Greenways projects will grow new safe cycling links from the city to surrounding villages in Greater Cambridge, and the community-led Chisholm Trail will be a mostly off-road walking and cycling route between Cambridge North and Cambridge Station.
The County Council is also planning the UK’s first Dutch style roundabout at Fendon Road, and has plans for improvements in Cherry Hinton Road and Queen Edith’s Way, as well as other projects being developed outside of the city to improve links between villages.