Improving the cycleways on Hills Road was included in Cambridgeshire County Council’s application to central government for a “Cycle City Ambition Grant”. The grant application was successful, and £4.1m has been announced to “shift cycling up a gear” in the Greater Cambridge area.
It has already been revealed that consultation on the details of another project, Dutch Style Cycleways for Huntingdon Road, is expected shortly, presumably progress on the others, including a new cycle lane by the Botanic Gardens on Trumpington Road, will follow soon as well.
The description of the project in the grant application states:
Hills Road segregated lanes
Hills Road is a very well used route for cyclists linking the Addenbrooke’s site with the City Centre. There are currently 1.4 metre wide mandator y cycle lanes on both sides of the road and the outbound side of the road has a line segregated facility that loses priority over side roads. It is proposed to remove some of the grass verges to introduce 2.1 metre wide, uni directional cycle lanes that are segregated from motor traffic and that segregate 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.
- Presumably this relates only to the stretch of Hills Road between the Sixth Form College and the hospital.
- I think improving the conditions for cyclists on this stretch of road is an excellent proposal.
- My main concern is the loss of greenery; I wonder if the new proposed curb could be made wide enough, in some stretches to accommodate trees, to compensate for the lost grass?
I added this article as the one I wrote on Dutch Style Cycleways for Huntingdon Road got a lot of readers and I’m following that “success”/interest.