The Abbey to Chesterton Bridge will provide a vital link for the 1.4 mile Chisholm Trail helping cyclists and pedestrians reach jobs, transport and education avoiding busy routes.
Councillors at the Economy and Environment Committee agreed, subject to planning permission, the designs which had been created as part of two and half years of public consultation and refinements.
A new bridge would provide a direct, convenient link between employment, residential and educational establishments on each side of the river Cam.
On the north and west side:
"¢ï€ Cambridge Science Park
"¢ï€ Cambridge Business Park and St John's Innovation Park
"¢ï€ Cambridge Northern Fringe East Development Area (potential 11,000-27,000 future
jobs depending on the adopted scenario)
"¢ï€ The new Cambridge North station
"¢ï€ Cambridge Regional College
"¢ï€ The Cambridge to St Ives Guided Busway link to St Ives and villages north
"¢ï€ Kings Hedges, Arbury, East Chesterton, Milton, Histon and Impington
On the south and east side:
"¢ï€ Retail Parks on Newmarket Road
"¢ï€ Abbey, Romsey and Fen Ditton
"¢ï€ Onward journeys to Addenbrooke's, the Biomedical Campus and educational establishments including VI Form colleges, the University Technical College and private schools.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee, said "This bridge will provide a vital and safe link for cyclists and pedestrians to jobs, transport hubs such as rail and education. We know in Cambridge that cycleways are not only well used but when provided encourage even more people to get on their bikes and reduce congestion and pollution, improve health and therefore boost the economy. It is expected the planning application will be heard in January and If approval is given, work could start in the summer of 2017."