Cyclists’ victory in Cambridge Biomedical Campus barrier row
A chicane is to be removed from a Cambridge bike path and replaced with a bollard after both cyclists and councillors raised safety concerns.
The barrier was installed on the guided busway bridge at the junction with Francis Crick Avenue on Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
A Liberal Democrat petition against the chicane, which was installed in response to three incidents where cyclists either hit or had near misses with cars, attracted more than 1,400 signatures.
Now Cambridgeshire County Council has promised to swap the barrier for a bollard until a longer term solution can be found.
A council spokesperson said: “Officers have met with the developers on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the cycling campaign and local members to discuss the concerns raised regarding the barriers at Francis Crick Avenue.
“While a longer term solution involving a consultation is developed, the current barriers will be removed and replaced with a bollard and extra signage to help address safety concerns.”
Cyclists had said the barrier did not meet legal requirements and complained about a lack of consultation.
City councillor for Queen Edith’s Colin McGerty said: “This has been an unfortunate example of the council not utilising the skills available to us in the local community and in groups like Camcycle. We must ensure they engage with people better to avoid this kind of mistake.”