Support Arbury Road to get extra funding under the Cambridgeshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan consultation (LCWIP)
You can help Arbury Road get the attention it so desperately needs by filling in the online questionnaire
Here’s what to do – fill in and submit the survey by 13 July
The survey has 18 questions. But you don’t have to fill them all in to submit your views. You only need to complete the ones that matter to you.
The survey can be found here:
Take a look at the accompanying materials especially at the Cycle Map (in Appendix 1) and the walking map (in Appendix 4) of the LCWI Plan. You can find the Plan here. If you don’t have time, the main thing to know is that Arbury Road East is identified as a walking and cycling route for improvement under the LCWIP scheme. But for this improvement to be given priority, it is important to show our support.
If you want any guidance on what to say, our position is as follows:
- Q1 ‘strongly support’ as Arbury Road is identified as a joint walking and cycling route
- Q2 ‘strongly agree’ on the Cambridge line- no need to fill in all lines eg for other areas
- Q3 use the box provided to emphasise that Arbury Road is an important cycle link down to the river and up to Arbury, Kings Hedges and Histon in the other direction and also for students and children going school by active travel
- Q4 ‘strongly agree’ as Arbury Road is identified as a walking route
- Q5 use the box provided to emphasise that Arbury Road is an important walking link to local amenities (shops, vet,church,school, library, doctors, dentist, community centre) as well as a walking link to town and the river, Arbury and Kings Hedges
- Q6 use the box provided to describe how you think the current situation on Arbury Road discriminates against the elderly, the disabled, pregnant women and parents with young children. For example, the effect of a dangerous road forcing cyclists onto the pavement. Also difficulty in crossing the road and pollution due to congested traffic having a disproportionate effect on vulnerable groups.
- Q7 voice your support for improvements to Arbury Road again highlighting the current dangers
- Q8 Please feel free to upload any photos you have as evidence of the dangers of Arbury Road
- Q9- Q18 Please complete as appropriate to your individual circumstances
Please continue to push for improvements to our road!
Encourage friends and family to respond to the survey too!!
“The modal filter is a good proposal and I’m supporting it because reducing the traffic helps everyone”
At Grape Britannia, we can see the benefits of the modal filter. With our licence extended to allow drinking outside on our forecourt, the reduction in traffic noise and pollution from its introduction will, we hope, lead to a more positive environment for our patrons.
Grape Britannia website
NOTE: Grape Britannia bar is reopening from Saturday 11th July! Initially it will be 12-10 Friday and Saturday only
Grape Britannia now have a licence for tables outside the shop
Elaine’s has been in Arbury road for 34 years now it would be great to encourage more walking and cycling for those that can, there is a lot of pollution with the volume of traffic. We have now experienced less pollution because of the lock down and the air has been so much healthier so for the residents the schools and us shop keepers I think the modal filter would be safer and healthier for us all . Elaine
Question submitted to Greater Cambridge Partnership Joint Assembly on 4th June 2020
Question regarding agenda item 10, ‘City Access Strategy, update and support for Covid-19 recovery’:
Arbury Road is a residential street with terraced homes close to narrow pavements in the easternmost section, and the 20mph speed limit is routinely flouted. It is an important link in the county cycle route network but the GCP installation of cycle lanes on the western part left a gap in cycle provision at the east end which remains dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists – especially acute when social distancing for Covid-19. The Histon Road project works are expected to flush additional cars down our street creating even more hazardous conditions and worsening air quality.
Agenda item 10 paras 3.5 and 3.6 says that the GCP is supporting work to identify measures to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists in response to Covid-19, however Arbury Road does not appear on the list.
The Department for Transport expects councils to use pop-up and temporary interventions to create environments that are safe for walking and cycling. They expect measures like ‘point closures’ to be used to create low-traffic filtered neighbourhoods.
Our recent survey* shows that a large majority of those who live on the road are ready and willing to try experimental or temporary schemes that would stop rat-running, reduce air pollution and improve community health. A point closure between Leys Road and the Cambridge North Academy on Arbury Road would achieve that.
Will the Joint Assembly resolve to add Arbury Road, with description ‘prohibit through movements between Cambridge North Academy and Leys Road’, to the list of schemes prioritised for implementation to enable and encourage more walking and cycling between West and East Cambridge?
Here’s the video of the question being read out (the answer comes a bit later after all the questions are read out & the discussion occurs):
There is an initiative called widen my path which already shows ideas for Arbury Road (and Union Lane).
It is possible to agree the ideas which are already there or add new ones- you do have to do some serious zooming in!