Annual awareness ride

Our annual Awareness Ride is not too far away now. This is the big fun one where we get out of the meeting rooms, ride our bikes and have a social on top of the more serious points.

With a major new section of path opened recently, this ride helps us spread the word that the area is now far more cycle friendly.

A poster for this ride can be viewed or downloaded here if you wish to print one for notice boards etc.

AwarenessPoster

This route forms a great part of the Cambridgeshire greenways plan. We’d love to see this extended from Melbourn to Royston, which is one of our key goals. It is with great sadness that  we had to abandon the Royston leg of the ride as the conditions are so poor there that no one in their right mind would organise it.

Camcycle as a great article on the greenways plan which you can read here

The greenways plan map

Greenways-plan

Path seeding update. What’s been planted and more help needed.

People have been asked what’s been planted along the verges of the new walk/cycle path connecting Melbourn and Shepreth.  Here’s the mix.
(Next working party will meet on 26 March, 1:30-3:30, at the Shepreth End of the path. Please bring a rake if you can!)
Plantago lanceolate (ribwort plantain)
Lotus corniculatus (bird’s foot trefoil
Galium verum (lady’s bedstraw)
Echium vulgare (viper’s bugloss)
Daucus carota (wild carrot)
Anthyllis vulneraria (kidney vetch)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 100g
Trifolium arvense (hares foot clover)
Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)
Prunella vulgaris (self heal)
Leontodon autumnalis (autumn hawkbit)
Leontodon hispidus (rough hawkbit)
Centaurea nigra (common knapweed)
Geranium pratense (meadow cranesbill)
Ranunculus acris (meadow buttercup)
Linaria vulgaris (common toadflax)
Onobrychis viciifolia (sainfoin)
Origanum vulgare (wild marjoram)
Silene vulgaris (bladder campion)
Knautia arvensis (field scabious)
Rumex acetosa (sorrel)
Many thanks again to the TTP Group for their generous donation, Skanska for the high viz vests, and Manit for kids’ rakes.

Frogend Melbourn path now officially open

We are delighted to see this new section of path open. The final surface has now been laid and is fully open for business. We hope you enjoy cycling, scooting, running etc. on this new section.

The path connects the A10 at near Shepreth and goes to Melbourn Science Park.

See the pictures for the main entry points from the A10

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Island near Shepreth to cross A10

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From island down Dunsbridge Turnpike

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Dunsbridge Turnpike exits at the garden centre

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Straight on to Melbourn

Some more pictures of the path opening ceremony (many thanks to Clive Porter for taking them)

 

Planting wildflowers along the new Shepreth-Melbourn path

We’ve received a generous grant from TTP Group at Melbourn Science Park to purchase a large quantity of specialist wildflower seed mix, for planting along the verges of the new path. This will enhance biodiversity and look nice, too.

We need a small army of volunteers to plant the seeds. Can you help? This will involve light raking of the soil and then old fashioned scattering of the wildflower seed by hand.

If so, please come along on any or all of these dates – we’ll have groups working from the Shepreth and Melbourn ends of the path, working toward the middle.

Sunday March 19 or 26, Monday April 3 – all from 1:30-3:30PM.

And please bring a rake if you have one.

If you can make it, you can let us know via the contact page or just come along.

Invitation to the opening of the Frogend – Melbourn section of the Cambridge to Royston path

We have received a general invitation from the Greater Cambridge City Deal Team to attend the opening Ceremony of the A10 Melbourn to Frogend section of the Cambridge to Royston Cycleway taking place on Wednesday 15 March, between 10.30am and 12.10pm.

To celebrate the opening we will be holding a 1.5 mile led cycle ride and walk along the new path from Melbourn Community Hub to Wyevale Garden Centre. If you wish to join the excursion, please meet at the Melbourn Community Hub at 10.30am.

If you cannot attend the cycle ride or walk, please note you are still very welcome to come along to the ribbon cutting, which will commence at 11.30am on the new dual use path outside Wyevale Garden Centre. The ribbon cutting will be followed by refreshments, which are kindly being donated by the Garden Centre.

It would be great to see as many as possible. This is going to be a great community resource making active travel and recreation possible for so many more. The opening ceremony will help us to publicise this new travel option and keeps the area in focus with the Southern end of the path to Royston as yet to find funding.