Series of Cambridge cycling schemes due to be progressed in 2018
Greater Cambridge Partnership promises investment in infrastructure for cyclists
The build-out of cycling infrastructure is due to pick up speed in 2018 with a number of projects due to begin or set to be completed.
A number of cross-city cycling schemes have been lined up as the Greater Cambridge Partnership “continues its work on new schemes to extend the region’s first-class cycling network”. They follow the completion of work to improve cycling provision on Hills Road up to Addenbrooke’s. The schemes are:
■ Main construction work on the Fulbourn/Cherry Hinton Eastern project, starting in January;
■ Work on phase two of the Cambridge North rail station and the Science Park links, which also kick off in January. Plans for phase three, at Nuffield Road, are being drawn up;
■ Construction on the final phase of Arbury Road, starting in February; and
■ Work on the Ditton Lane cycling/walking links scheme, due to take place in the summer.
The 12 Greenways projects – to grow new safe cycling links from the city to surrounding villages in Greater Cambridge – also begin in January. Voting for the new Greenways logo is under way on this website until January 4.
The first of a round of public engagements will be held at Comberton Village Hall on January 24, with additional workshops to be held throughout February in Melbourn, Trumpington, Coton and at Shire Hall.
Work on the community-led Chisholm Trail – a mostly off-road walking and cycling route between Cambridge North and Cambridge station – also begins in 2018.
Cambridge is, famously, the UK’s number one city for cycling, with one-third of all residents cycling three times a week and almost half jumping onto a saddle at least once a week. Figures show 29 per cent 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, near the main station.
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.”