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‘Put bike racks along Mill Road in Cambridge to prevent pavement parking,’ campaigners urge GCP





Bike racks could be used to stop drivers parking on wider sections pavement along Mill Road in Cambridge, a campaign group has suggested.

The Mill Road 4 People group has been campaigning against pavement and illegal parking and for greater enforcement.

A van on a pavement in Mill Road. Picture: Mill Road 4 People
A van on a pavement in Mill Road. Picture: Mill Road 4 People

Tina Riches, from the campaign group, asked the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s joint assembly on February 15 whether it would fund the racks.

She said: “Mill Road 4 People has been conducting a hugely popular campaign called ‘PaveMeant for People’, aimed at tackling illegal pavement parking.

“We are calling for individual bike racks to be installed at the pavement edge, parallel to the road, in all places where the pavement width is sufficient.

“This would both create a barrier to pavement parking and provide much-needed extra bike parking.

“Could you confirm that at least one of your ‘demonstrator projects’ will be aimed at tackling pavement parking on Mill Road, and that our proposal will be given serious consideration?”

A taxi parked on a pavement in Mill Road. Picture: Mill Road 4 People
A taxi parked on a pavement in Mill Road. Picture: Mill Road 4 People

Peter Blake, the GCP transport director, said this could be something that was considered in the future and alluded to the county council’s efforts to close Mill Road bridge to most private motor vehicles, which is currently subject to a legal challenge from different campaigners.

He said: “Cambridgeshire County Council is the lead agency on the Mill Road project.

The PaveMeant 4 People campaign is raising awareness of the problems caused by pavement parking on Mill Road in Cambridge
The PaveMeant 4 People campaign is raising awareness of the problems caused by pavement parking on Mill Road in Cambridge

“At the moment it is clearly going through a legal process. Following the outcome of that legal process we will be happy to continue our dialogue with county colleagues on what happens next.

“Clearly, if the assembly and the board support the idea of some sort of quick win list then that could be added to those considerations.”



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