Plans to transform Cambridgeshire roads to encourage cycling and walking
Many Cambridge roads could be transformed under new plans to encourage cycling and walking.
Councillors in the city have applied for almost £800,000 in government funding which could be used to ban cars from stretches of the roads, remove car parking and create new cycleways.
The majority of the roads in the proposed plan could see modal filters introduced, or features used to limit cars from rat running in the area. In these cases cars are still allowed on the roads but will be deterred from using the route or part of the route.
This comes under the same controversial initiative that saw Mill Road bridge closed this summer to all traffic except buses, cyclists and pedestrians.
Supported by the government’s £255m Emergency Active Travel Fund, the new plans – drawn up by the Greater Cambridge Partnership – could see widespread and long-term changes across Cambridge.
Proposals have also been submitted by district and city councils in the country, including Fenland, East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Peterborough.
In total, £2.3m is being sought by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) for the plans to reallocate road space to people walking and cycling.
Measures include tightening speed limits, installing cycle parking points and widening footpaths.
In Peterborough, one major proposal could see Oundle Road transformed with fully segregated cycle lanes and a separating barrier between motorists and pedestrians.
A document from Cambridgeshire County Council outlines the proposals made by each local authority, including the estimated cost of each plan.
amCycle, a cycling campaign group in Cambridge, said it supported the efforts to make roads safer.
“We are pleased to see efforts being made to improve key commuter routes for cycling which will free up capacity on public transport for those who need it the most,” the charity said.
“As the Covid-19 case count rises sharply again, it’s important to protect our communities and the NHS, and ensure that families and key workers can make essential journeys to work and school, and do necessary shopping without fear of infection from the virus or serious injury from dangerous driving.”
Original source article: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/cambridge-cycle-council-plans-funding-18912211
Author: Benjamin Turner
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