Please keep a lookout for consultation documents hitting your doormat in the next few weeks and do go to the trouble of letting County officials know your views when the time comes.
The plans are included in the county council’s successful applications for central government “Cycle City Ambition Grants”. The section on Huntingdon Road states:
Huntingdon Road city bound segregated lane
Huntingdon Road is a key route into the city for cyclists. There are currently 1.4 metre wide mandatory on road cycle lanes in place. It is proposed to remove some of the grass verge so as to be able to construct a 2.1 metre wide, uni directional cycle lane that is segregated from motor traffic and that segregates cyclists from pedestrians. Cyclists would be segregated by use of a kerbed island. There would be breaks in the island where private accesses or side roads are encountered – in these situations the lane would continue as an on road lane, thus maintaining priority across junctions. A width of 2.1 metres allows faster cyclists to overtake slower cyclists in busier conditions and allows for cyclists to ride two abreast in quieter conditions. The proposal is shown on Plan 1. Constructing the city-bound facility would only require two trees to be removed, many more would need to be felled to accommodate a similar level of provision in the out-bound direction. It is hoped that building one side in advance, would help to build the case to provide the other direction in the future
The plan is to keep the road width the same and reallocate some pavement/verge to cyclists. Hopefully much more detailed proposals will be available when the County Council begins its consultation; it’s not currently clear how far into the city such a lane would run for example.
I hope the consultation is not limited to local residents; and all those who use the road as drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will have the opportunity to comment.
A 60cm curb is proposed to separate cyclists from motor traffic. I suspect that’s not quite enough for grass or trees.
Cllr Hipkin’s newsletter added:
To develop a satisfactory design will require lots of work and engagement with local residents, businesses and other establishments, to ascertain their needs in terms of deliveries, access and parking, and also their concerns about how the scheme will look, drainage arrangements, details at bus stops and so on.