Annual Awareness Ride

The time for our annual social and campaign meetup is almost here.

This year’s family-friendly Annual Awareness Ride takes place on June 9th, setting off from Trumpington Park and Ride at 10AM and riding along the evolving A10 cycleway to the front field at Phillimore Garden Centre for refreshments.

Marshals will be stationed at junctions and the A10 road crossing at Shepreth to help guide the way.

Once again, due to safety concerns we’ve decided against a Royston-Melbourn segment of the Awareness Ride.  However, we’re pleased to announce that the Greater Cambridge Partnership consultation on the ‘Melbourn Greenways’ project, which is about improving the A10 and other cycle corridors fanning out from Cambridge, will be launched on the same day.  A team of cycling officers will be on hand at Phillimore with a map of A10 route and consultation forms to fill out – we need to demonstrate strong support in order to gain the improvements we want.

In particular, this is an important opportunity to achieve a safe Melbourn-Royston cycle link. 

Please help us to publicise the ride via the poster and flyers below.

If you can’t make the ride, please do come along to Philimore anyway to enjoy refreshments and learn more about improving cycling conditions along the A10 corridor.

View or download a poster here or a smaller flyer here

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Build us a Bridge competition winner and a huge thank you to our young ambassadors.

The winner of the Build Us A Bridge competition is Iris Bostanci, aged 7, and a pupil at Meldreth Primary School.

We particularly enjoyed the use of socks to represent the path and animals to represent users.

Our young ambassadors have really been doing a great job for us, with three attending a Greater Cambridge Partnership Board meeting recently, fielding questions. Read about their involvement in the meeting, published by The Royston Crow here.

 

Awareness ride report

On Sunday May the 7th, the A10 Corridor Cycle campaign held its annual awareness ride.

This year there was only one ride from Trumpington Park & Ride. There has been great progress on this section of the path, but no-one felt able to organise a ride from the Royston end. The situation is so dire south of Melbourn with traffic, that no one feels confident enough to organise an open ride at this end. When you travel the entire route, the South end feels abandoned, effectively generations apart compared to the new infrastructure that is place in areas to the North.

Efforts have been made by some members recently to improve the situation, but there is only so much individuals can do with a problem on an industrial scale.

Having said that some good infrastructure has been put in to the north. With this infrastructure, people of all ages can travel along most of the route in peace.

A large group of riders left Trumpington at about 10.15 and travelled through Trumpington Meadows, which is maturing and looking delightful on a sunny day. People do remark that on a dark night in the winter, they simple won’t use such an isolated route, but on a nice sunny day it makes a good leisure route with a roughly 50-50 split between people using it and choosing to stay on the path next to the A10.

The next section is down through Harston. This section is set to see improvement works beginning in the summer, which we welcome.

The awareness ride was covered by ITV. Some of those tiny children cycled all the way, if you think it’s too far for a grown adult to cycle. Read their article here.

The ride was also covered by the Cambridge News. Read the article here.

Once south of Harston, you are now on the new paths all the way to Melbourn, which are a joy to use, especially on a dark and windy night, which when you find out how good infrastructure really is. The group managed to progress at a steady pace. We used the new crossing islands in the A10 to cross and settled in for a social an cake at Phillimore Garden Centre. Many thanks to them for hosting us. A group travelled on an unofficial ride to explore further through Melbourn. Hopefully more of that will appear later.

Hear our campaign views on BBC radio

The campaign was featured on the Dotty McLeod Breakfast Show There is some argument against the proposed schemes then our argument for from about an hour in. Listen to the show here.

Also a big thank you to CTC Cambridge for publicising our campaign and ride on their website which can be seen here.

Do feel free to join us for our awareness ride this Sunday. We love to see anybody on a bike.

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A10 Awareness Cycle Ride – Sunday 7 May 2017

Spring is here, the weather is improving, and families are once again taking to their bikes to enjoy the outdoor life in South Cambridgeshire and North Hertfordshire. One local social cycling tradition, and a public highlight in the calendar of the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign, is the A10 Awareness Cycle Ride. The ride this year takes place on Sunday 7 May, setting off from Trumpington Park & Ride at 10am.

As well as being a fun event for all the family, the annual A10 Awareness Cycle Ride is designed to focus the attention of local people on the state of cycling infrastructure along the main road joining Cambridge and Royston. Since the well-attended and much enjoyed ride in 2016, a new section of shared-use foot and cycle path has been completed between Harston Mill and Melbourn, leaving improvements to the path through Harston village, and a final stretch alongside the A10 between Melbourn and Royston, to complete the link between Cambridge and Royston.

Fully-costed plans are now in place for the missing link, including a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A505. The A10 campaign group is negotiating with funding bodies and other stakeholders, with a view to the link being approved and completed in short order, to the benefit of local residents and others looking to use the path for both work and leisure.

“The Cambridge-Royston A10 scheme is really taking shape now,” says A10 Corridor Cycling campaign chair and Cambridgeshire County Councillor Susan van de Ven. “This will be an ideal opportunity to experience the ease of getting up and down the corridor on a safe, smooth, off-road path.  It will be our last annual ride through Harston before the transformative work set to start this summer – and we are pushing very hard to see the Melbourn-Royston link to fruition.”

Details of the A10 Awareness Cycle Ride 2017…

The route for the A10 Awareness Cycle Ride 2017 is the same as last year, with a start point at Trumpington Park & Ride, and ending at the Phillimore Garden Centre in Melbourn. It is a relatively short ride on shared-use paths separated from motor traffic. The ride is suitable for cyclists of all ages and levels of experience, and we strongly encourage children to take part, accompanied by responsible adults. Participants will be led and marshalled by experienced cyclists from the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign, a local group affiliated to national cycling body Cycling UK.

When: Sunday 7 May 2017 @ 10am
Where: Trumpington Park & Ride

Please join with us on Sunday to celebrate the new pedestrian and cycling path between Cambridge and Melbourn, and send a message on the need to complete the link to Royston!

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