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Cycling The Parish of Caldecote and surrounding area is good cycling country: the land is relatively flat and there are a number of cycle routes. Cambridge was awarded National Cycling Town status in 2008 and over seven million pounds are being spent in improving cycling conditions in Cambridge and surrounding villages8. One possibility, the Parish Council wanted to explore, was the introduction of a secure bicycle rack at the north end of the village near the bus stop on the A428 to encourage bus use.

Survey results Over half of the residents (55%) agreed that if cycling routes were safer, they would cycle more. Just over half of the respondents (51%) thought that a secure cycle rack near the bus stop on the A428 would encourage them to use the bus more. 73% (112 respondents) of those who stated that they would cycle more if it were safer, also thought that a secure cycle rack near the bus stop on the A428 was a good idea.

With safety being an issue for cyclists, it is worth noting that there are a number of organisations available for cyclists that provide advice, routes and training: CTC (the UK National Cyclists’ Organization)9, Sustrans (a sustainable transport charity)10 and Cambridge Cycling Campaign11. The Cambridgeshire County Council also has extensive resources for cyclists online12. An interesting initiative available is CamShare13, a car sharing scheme in Cambridgeshire that also provides a cycle route sharing scheme: cyclists can choose to share a route with more experienced cyclists to gain confidence and experience. Guidance on better provision for cyclists and on traffic calming measures that do not increase accident rates for vulnerable road users are available from the Department of Transport14 and from the Scottish Government “Cycle by Design” initiative15. Action points: Liaise with the District Council and assess viability of introducing safer cycle paths along with the proposed traffic calming measures. Determine the feasibility of introducing a secure cycle rack at the north end of the village, including location, level of security required and size.

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http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/around/cycling/ http://www.ctc.org.uk/ 10 http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ 11 http://www.camcycle.org.uk/ 12 http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/around/cycling/ 13 http://www.camshare.co.uk/ 14 http://www.dft.gov.uk/cyclingengland/engineering-planning/infrastructure-for-cyclists/ 15 http://www.cyclingscotland.org/transportministerlaunchescyclingbydesignat.aspx 9

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Caldecote Parish Plan  

We hope that you find this document informative and thought provoking – it contains a wealth of information about what residents think about...

Caldecote Parish Plan  

We hope that you find this document informative and thought provoking – it contains a wealth of information about what residents think about...

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