Cross City Cycling is a cycling scheme made up of five different projects across Cambridge.
Each scheme aims to improve walking and cycling links to schools and employment centres.
They will help to reduce congestion and improve air quality, health and road safety.
Five new cycling schemes to increase Cambridge's cycle network
In January 2015, the Executive Board agreed that the Cross City Cycling scheme should form part of the City Deal programme. A report was presented at the August 2015 Executive Board to approve the five Cross City Cycling projects and to consult on these. The Executive Board agreed to these recommendations and to receive a report on the consultation.
A public consultation was held on the five projects in January 2016. The results were then reported to the Board in June 2016. The Board approved all five projects and increased the funding for the Cross City Cycling scheme.
All reports and background documents can be found in the documents section below. Information on the individual projects is on the project pages.
Connecting residents with people, workplaces and local facilities.
Some images showing locations of improved facilities and existing infrastructure.
Cycle lane along Green End Road
Cambridge North rail station, Bus & Cycle Parking at the front of the station, with direction posts.
Arbury Road street sign
A cyclist using the cycle lane alongside a queue of traffic in the early evening
Cycling direction and distance signs
The consultation took place between Monday 4 January and Monday 15 February. Leaflets were distributed around the five project areas and made available at public locations. Seven public events were held providing members of the public with a chance to find out more about the projects.
There were over 1,000 responses to the consultation. The survey was split into 5 sections for each project and asked specific questions about each one. 78% of respondents supported all five of the Cross City Cycling projects. The Consultation Report for the project, which can be found in download below, explains the responses in more detail.
The Cross City Cycling projects have been awarded a total of £8 million of City Deal funding to complete all 5 projects.
On 7th March 2015 a Stakeholder Workshop organised with invitations sent out to officers of the County Council, City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, as well as members of the City Deal joint assembly, large employers in the City and representatives of cycling groups, This workshop scoped out which schemes should constitutes the programme of Cross City Cycling.
The schemes that came forward from the session were scored against criteria agreed for cycling schemes set out by the Cambridge Environment and Traffic Management Area Joint Committee (AJC).
Some of the top scoring schemes were being addressed in other City Deal projects, such as Milton Road. Other high scoring schemes were already in the County Council’s programme of improvements, such as Robin Hood junction.
The outcome of this exercise were a number of schemes which were not currently being addressed. The top five were selected for Cross City Cycling.
A - The County Council have issued a Traffic Regulation Order that will create double yellow lines within the majority of the cycle lanes along Green end road which come under the first phase of works. Where this hasn’t been possible 2 hours maximum stay parking restrictions have been put in place.
The scheme will be monitored as the traffic going to Cambridge North increases. If there is an increase in undesirable parking in the area a review of this traffic regulation order will be undertaken and this may lead to further double yellow lines in the area.
Some projects would require the removal or reduction of trees, hedges and vegetation, having an environmental impact in these areas. To remedy this, we would work with the City Council Landscape team to incorporate a new tree and hedge replanting scheme into the projects.
The benefits include:
Reduced traffic congestion
Savings to health/NHS
Reduced land use demand for car parking spaces
Enabling people across the social spectrum to access employment and training by improving their mobility options
Reduced employee absenteeism
Improved employee productivity
Increased independence, particularly for young people
Improvements to air quality