Exciting new plans for a web of high-quality cycleways linking Cambridge to villages and communities around the city centre have been published in a report today.
Cambridgeshire County Council have produced the report which looks in detail at 12 possible Greenways, between Cambridge and Waterbeach, Horningsea, The Swaffhams, Bottisham, Fulbourn, Linton, Sawston, Melbourn, Haslingfield, Barton, Comberton and St Ives. Some of these routes already exist in part while others would be brand new. The network, with funding, would probably take more than ten years to complete in full.
"˜Greenways' are long-distance and, usually, off-road routes for non-motorised users, which people can enjoy for commuting or leisure.
It further develops the County's long standing aspiration for better cycle links for all; to combat the city's increasing congestion problem and improve the health and safety of Cambridgeshire residents.
Councillor for Coleridge, Noel Kavanagh, the County Council's Cycling Champion, said: "This report brings forward some excellent new schemes to link Cambridge with its rural neighbours. Not only would these "greenways" provide excellent leisure opportunities for cyclists, but also provide really good ways for people to get in and out of the city for work or study.
"This is still a high level report and no decisions have been made on exact route alignments. Our next step is to secure funding and then look at the individual schemes in more detail."
The report was commissioned by the County Council's Cycling Team and written by an independent expert, Nigel Brigham Associates and can be viewed at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20020/cycling/666/greenways