Cycleways encourage people on their bikes

The results of an online survey into cycle schemes in Cambridgeshire show people are pleased with the new cycleways and feel safer.

In September last year, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee decided to carry out a review into the success of recent cycleway schemes, including floating bus-stops and crossings and develop an understanding for future schemes.

Councillors came together to form a cross-party working group and looked at the Hills Road and Huntingdon Road Cycleways in Cambridge, the Lisle Lane Cycle Path in Ely, the Wimblington Road Scheme in March, the A10 Cycle Scheme (Cambridge to Royston), and the cycle route from Needingworth to Bluntisham.

The online survey, which took place in March, has provided crucial information from 760 respondents on what’s working well and what could be done differently with future cycle schemes.

Some of the highlights from the survey which were considered at the Economy and Environment Committee today (Thursday 10 August) were that 88% of respondents felt safe using the cycleways and almost a third of respondents (32%) cycle more frequently following the creation of cycleways.

Cllr Ian Bates, Chair of the Economy and Environment Committee and Transport Portfolio Holder for the Greater Cambridge Partnership, said: “We were keen to find out how people feel about our cycleways, see what we could learn for the future and more importantly, listen to any concerns or feedback people may have.

“These cycleway schemes are improvement projects which were part of various funds for the County Council to help get even more people on their bikes. We attract funding from Government and have invested millions of pounds in improving cycling which boosts the economy, reduces congestion and improves health.”

 As a result of the survey, a number of recommendations will be made when planning future cycleways. For example, cycleways should be more regularly maintained, more informative signage, and ensuring public consultation documents are not too technical.

The survey results can be found here