I guess that's one type of response to these latest public consultations. Most likely from some of the non-cycling motorists in Cambridge. But if you are a cyclist and have a different opinion about these new cycling schemes, now would be good time to make your voice heard and speak out for cycling.
We would like to encourage all cyclists to take a detailed look at the proposals and respond to the public consultation. You could also attend one of public events in March (12, 18 or 24) where you can view the plans in more detail and ask questions.
Both these roads are already well used by cyclists and most days there is a great range of different cyclists travelling at different speeds. These are popular cycle routes and at first sight they are not a top priority for improvements. But they have been chosen to trial these Cycle City Ambition Funded schemes because they are well used commuting routes and also because both roads are wide enough to allow for good quality segregated cycle lanes without too many compromises.
I strongly support the use of segregated cycle lanes for these main roads where higher traffic speeds and volumes can make cyclists feel more vulnerable.
Whatever your preference, I would hope you will support both these schemes because of those two major benefits: cycle priority across the side roads and floating bus stops.
- Cycle lane priority – without unwanted stop lines or give way signs – should make a big difference for cyclists. For me this feature alone makes it worthwhile. I think the “hard” vs “soft” segregation is a secondary detail compared to this primary benefit. This side road priority has a trade-off: it can only work with unidirectional cycle lanes so that cyclists always approach junctions from the “expected” direction. Some existing sections of bi-directional shared use cycle lane will therefore have to be removed to make these schemes work.
- Floating bus stops are also a new idea for Cambridge. They are called “floating” because the bus stop is a small island placed between the road and the cycle lane. The cycle lane runs behind the bus stop allowing cyclists to safely pass a stationary bus. This bypass section of cycle lane narrows to single file and cyclists are expected to slow down to safely avoid any conflict with bus passengers crossing the cycle path.
I expect the consultation to get a large response from a range of users. If – like me – you support this scheme please do respond to the consultation (links above) and help to get plenty of cycle voices heard. If you want more details, and especially if you have some suggestions for detailed improvements to the proposed schemes then please get in touch with the right-to-ride team. Or contact the County Council team directly. Rupert Goodings