The latest survey shows cyclists clearly feel safer using the new style of bus stop. They were asked in the surveys whether using the floating bus stop cycle lane, between the footway and bus boarding area, made them feel safer than going around the outside of buses. Some 93% of cyclists on Huntingdon Road and 90 % of riders on Hills Road respectively said they felt safer than before.

And the new cycleways are helping cyclists feel better. Some 94% and 93% of cyclists on Huntingdon Road and Hills Road respectively agreed that using the new lanes improved their physical health and 91% and 83% agreed that using them enhanced their sense of well-being.

Cyclists also showed that they understood the importance of looking out for pedestrians using the bus stops. They were asked what they should do when pedestrians are waiting to cross the cycle lane from the bus boarding area. Some 94% of cyclists on Huntingdon Road said riders should either slow down and be aware of people crossing or even completely stop while that figure was 89% for Hills Road.

The cycleways were funded by Cycle City Ambition monies which were awarded to Cambridge by the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2013. To monitor the impacts of its investment, the DfT has commissioned Sustrans, the cycling and walking charity, to carry out Route User Intercept Surveys in Cambridge as well as the other seven Cycle City Ambition cities round the country.

In September 2016 the schemes were awarded a Merit certificate from the Institute of Civil Engineers for their Technical Excellence and Innovation.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Noel Kavanagh, Cycling Champion, said: œIt is clear that the cycling facilities we are putting in are encouraging more people onto their bikes. This means less congestion, improves the local economy and helps people to live healthier lives. These latest surveys shows that cyclists feel safer, happier and healthier as well as vitally keeping an eye out for pedestrians. The new floating bus stops means riders can now avoid conflict with buses trying to pull in and out as well as other vehicles. The more people we can get on bikes means the less congested our roads are and also helps provide more road space for those who have no alternative but to drive.

Results:

Cyclists were asked in the surveys whether using the floating bus stop cycle lane, between the footway and bus boarding area, made them feel safer than going around the outside of buses. 72% and 61% of cyclists on Huntingdon Road and Hills Road respectively said they felt significantly safer and 21% and 29% said a little safer.

Cyclists see the importance of looking out for pedestrians using the floating bus stops. Cyclists were asked what they should do when pedestrians are waiting to cross the cycle lane from the bus boarding area. 62% and 71% of cyclists on Huntingdon Road and Hills Road respectively said cyclists should slow down and be aware of pedestrians crossing, whilst 32% and 18% said cyclists should stop completely to allow pedestrians to cross.

NEWS STORY UPDATED 13/07/17, PENDING ADDITIONAL SURVEYS
 

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