New cycle-friendly traffic lights have been installed in Cambridge and extra cycle lockers will be added to Park & Ride sites to encourage more people to jump on to their bikes.
New cycle-friendly traffic lights installed in Cambridge
A total of 79 new cycle lockers will be installed across the Trumpington, Newmarket Road, Madingley Road, Babraham Road and Longstanton sites to make it easier for people to switch between cycling and the bus – helping to reduce congestion and improve air quality.
New ‘low level’ cycle traffic signals have now been installed at the junction of Arbury Road and Campkin Road to allow cyclists to move off before other traffic to improve safety.
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, said: “This is great news that will really help people use their bike to get around. Cambridge is the cycling capital of the country and Greater Cambridge is a thriving cycling destination.
“We’re committed to upgrading existing cycling and walking links and creating new routes to help more people get on their bikes.
“With thousands of new homes and jobs being created, and 106 deaths every year directly linked to poor air quality in Greater Cambridge, it’s vital we make cycling an easy and attractive alternative to driving to help reduce congestion and clean up the air we breathe.”
The GCP is investing millions of pounds on a number of proposed cycling projects – including the Chisholm Trail, 12 Greater Cambridge Greenways and five Cross City Cycling schemes - to extend and enhance cycling routes in Greater Cambridge.
The GCP has also teamed up with cycling campaign group Love to Ride to encourage more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling around Britain’s cycling city.
Love to Ride will run four cycle challenges on behalf of the GCP this year, including Bike Week – a nationwide celebration of cycling which runs for the entire month of June.
Today (20 June) is Clean Air Day and cyclists who register on the Love to Ride website - or a partner mobile app Bike Report or Strava - and record a ride will be entered into a draw to win an e-bike.
For more information and to register for Bike Week visit www.lovetoride.net
The Greater Cambridge Partnership is the local delivery body for a City Deal with central Government, bringing powers and investment, worth up to £1 billion over 15 years, to vital improvements in infrastructure, supporting and accelerating the creation of 44,000 new jobs, 33,500 new homes and 420 additional apprenticeships.