What’s wrong with this picture?

  • The dismounted cyclist has to cross a 60mph rated roadway to continue.
  • The crossing is at the end of a 40mph speed limit: a point at which vehicles speed up.
  • There is no indication that the route continues on the oposite side of the road.
  • The warning sign is about 100m past the hazard.
  • It’s not the ‘end of route’, there must be a way to get from Hardwick to Madingley!
  • It fails to meet most of the LTN1/20 principles.

LTN 1/20 states routes for cyclists must be:

Coherent: part of a joined up network connectng places people want to go to. In this case between Cambourne and Cambridge.

Direct: a route should make sense and not be a detour for the benefit of motor traffic.

Safe: properly segregated from motor traffic and pedestrian routes.

Comfortable: with an all weather surface, rideable at night.

Attractive: a route that looks safe, with a funtional destination.

This happens after a mile long paint-on-road ‘advisory’ bike lane (meaning vehicles may pass over the line if required) on the A1303.

Cambourne is one of several satellite communities being built around Cambridge to cope with housing demand. At just 9 miles from the City it is linked by the A428 dual carrigeway. The CycleStreets route points straight down St Neots Road, made up of down graded sections of the old A45, which form a high speed rat run for local cars. It has a really rough broken surface footway that serves as a bike path for most of its length ending with an on road section at Hardwick. Gettng to and from Cambourne by bike is not at all comfortable, the footway is a boneshaking ride, swapping sides of the road twice and the alternative of riding on the road is terrifing with very fast traffic.

The layout, such as it is, must date from 2003, when the A428 dual carrigeway went in, a time when active travel was a low priority.

Cambrideshire County Council have a proposal dating from 2020 (in association with a planning application for housing expansion at Cambourne: SCDC Planning Reference S/2903/14/OL) to improve things: but there seems to be little detail of how and when this is to be done. Even with this improvement the provsion for active travel along the whole route is far short of what it should be. A cycle ride of 9 miles is not an impossible diatance for most but the lack of a safe route puts off all but the traffic hardened rider.


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