The sun is warm, the grass has been growing like mad and the weather is great for cycling. Here’s a quick update on what the campaign is doing, and how you can help.
Path maintenance (Melbourn – Harston)
Susan has managed to get the county maintenance team to mow the grass verges alongside the path – this has been done in the last few days. Our volunteer Community Sweeper team (Tim Stebbing, Richard Smith, Rod Taylor and Stuart Gibbs) will be out this weekend to remove the resulting debris from the path – thanks guys! AstraZeneca generously contribute to the path maintenance, but we have had difficulties with the contractors and so the work has not been done as often as it should have been. Susan is now keeping a very close eye on it all so that it does actually get done!
Trumpington Park and Ride
There is a planning application currently being considered for an extension to the Trumpington Park and Ride site. At the last meeting, we discussed how the extension presents the opportunity to create a nice direct route through the P&R site and new housing development for people walking and cycling. We intend to object to the existing application in order to get our proposal considered. We may ask for more campaign support later if this proves difficult! Contact Mike (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to know more.
Greenways – Barton and Haslingfield
Greenways is a scheme promoted by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to create high-quality rural routes for walking, cycling and horse-riding. The first two schemes are now open for a public consultation – these are routes around Barton and Haslingfield. The consultation is online here. https://consultcambs.uk.engagementhq.com/greenways
We recommend that you click through to the surveys and then download the consultation leaflet (link just above question 1 of the survey) and look at it closely to understand what is proposed. Please respond to the consultations, the more people respond, the better! This is a second-round consultation for this scheme, aimed at getting feedback before the council officers prepare a final design. There will be a third round of consultation after the final design has been prepared.
The Haslingfield proposal is particularly relevant to us because it includes a proposal to upgrade the existing rough-track bridleway between Haslingfield and the A10 by Rectory Farm in Hauxton to include both a hard surface for cycling and a soft (grass/soil) surface for horse riders. We think that this route will be an excellent addition to the local cycling network, since it will link Haslingfield into the A10 route via a route that is almost completely traffic-free. There is also a consultation question about installing solar stud lighting along this path – given our experience with the Trumpington Meadows country park path being extremely dark, we recommend that you respond in favour of the solar stud lights. There is a difficult compromise between the desire to avoid light pollution in the countryside and encouraging people to use rural roads and cycle paths after dark, especially in the winter.
Royston to Melbourn campaign – “Build Us a Bridge!”
We have arranged a meeting with the Mayor of Cambridgeshire, James Palmer, for early August. We are looking to build up supporting evidence to help convince him that he should, in his role as custodian of Local Enterprise Partnership funding, put his weight behind our plans for a safe route between Royston and Melbourn. If you would cycle to and from Royston via our proposed new bridge and path, please can you reply to this email giving your name, address and what journeys you would use it for? We’re looking to build a big portfolio of potential users to show the level of public support.
To help with this, we have two new Royston-related campaign plans:
The first is a new A4 “explainer” flyer – view or download here – which is intended as something that you can give out to friends, colleagues or neighbours to ask for their support. Why not print off a few copies and leave them in the canteen at work, or give them out in the school playground? We’re trying to make as many people as possible aware of our proposals, and gather support.
Our second plan – with thanks to Charlotte van Bochoven from Melbourn Village College – is to have a fun competition called Build Us A Bridge during the school summer holidays. We’re asking children, youth groups and enthusiastic adults to build us a bridge – either a model, or something more substantial – and submit photos for a competition. There will be four age-related categories and a prize for the best bridge in each category. It’s intended to be creative, so unusual or downright wacky bridges are encouraged! We’re going to launch this in July, with the closing date being at the beginning of September. Stand by for more details in the next couple of weeks!
Best wishes – safe cycling!
Today (May 6th) was the day of our 6th Annual Awareness Ride. Every year we hold this ride to raise awareness of what is now available for non motorised users and to highlight how poor other sections still are.
Once again we had no ride from Royston. The situation for cycling and walking has only worsened over the last few years. The A10 has seen no improvements for decades in this section, despite traffic increases. The section between Royston and Melbourn is so poor that once again, no one felt a ride was a safe or sensible option. With the ever changing political climate, such as LEP restructuring, and the cross county nature of the section, this remains a very tough area to get any improvements made to. We shall persevere with this as our main focus in the future.
The section between Melbourn and the M11 has seen improvements. Every year we have generally seen a small section improved. About 40 riders of all ages gathered at Trumpington park and Ride.
We cycled (with one roller blader) through Trumpington Meadows on a gloriously sunny spring day.
We continued along the old path through Hauxton and continued to Harston. This is the section that has been greatly improved this year. It was noted how easy it was to pass pedestrians now. Also it was a joy to see parents can now cycle besides small children. We had riders as young as 5 with their parents out with us today. The youngest were only just learning to ride bikes independently.
The section is not perfect with some poor sight lines over driveways etc. But the Cambs CC officers have done the best they can and the improvements are greatly appreciated.
After Harston we continued onto Foxton and the only small road section to the back of Foxton level crossing.
We continued on to cross the A10 at Shepreth, with the small island in the middle of the road providing some refuge, allowing you to at least deal with one carriageway of traffic at a time.
We then continued onto Phillimore Garden Centre (thank you once again for allowing us to use your field ) for the finish of the ride where cake and bananas etc. were served. Many thanks to all who attended and to everyone who has supported us over the last year.
The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign has managed to get some extra support from AstraZeneca to help cut the grass, and volunteers to start driving the South Cambs street cleaning vehicle along this path – so pulling out all the stops to keep things looking good. Litter picking now will prevent litter from being sliced up into thousands of pieces.
· As you will have seen, the Harston path is now complete. The April meeting will offer a chance to hear any feedback.
· Efforts continue for funding for the Royston-Melbourn link. While much progress has been made in terms of securing financial pledges from various parties on both sides of the border, the critical and much anticipated support from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership has been set back due to the recent migration of the LEP to the new mayoralty layer of local government.
· An approach has been made for support from the Herts LEP.
· The Greater Cambridge Partnership is currently undertaking a business case review of the Melbourn-Royston link, and a report will be considered by the GCP Board this summer. Meanwhile, the GCP ‘Greenways’ project identifies the Melbourn-Royston link as an integral component.
· Councillors are working together cross-border, all-party, and together with our MPs, on the Melbourn-Royston link.
· Thanks to those who’ve supported the Community Sweeper pilot by volunteering to drive the South Cambs street sweeping vehicle along the completed sections of the A10 cycle path. Following extensive training, a first test run is due to take place this Friday, heading out from Wyevale Garden Centre who’ve kindly offered to host the vehicle.
· A couple of admin jobs could use some extra input – if you are available or would like to know more, we’d love to hear from you. These mainly involve small pieces of writing for Royston bridge grant applications.
Situations Vacant for A Communication with Outside Media Person. Minimal hours, Salary £0.00 but there could be an enormous level job satisfaction if and when we ever get this bridge over the A505 and path from Royston-Melbourn…!
Details of our AGM on Jan 31st can now be found on the Events & Memoranda page.
Meanwhile, some pictures of the path progress at Harston. Large sections at the north and south ends have now been greatly improved. The middle straight section is now under construction.