Cambridgeshire County Council is creating safer and wider cycle lanes along Huntingdon Road in Cambridge.

Phase 1, which involved creating a new cycleway between Girton Corner and Richmond Road on the city-bound side of the road, has been completed.

Phase 2 is looking into improving the cycleway from Richmond Road to Histon Road on the city-bound side of the road and the cycle lane on the outbound side of the road.

Since completing Phase 1 Route User Incept Surveys (RUIS) have been completed for both Huntingdon Road and Hills Road cycleways to see what impact the new cycleways has had on the number of cyclists using the road.

On the Huntingdon Road RUIS Report which was completed in December 2016 the manual count data tables are divided into two sections: the path (survey location) covers cyclists on the road and on the raised cycle lanes and the additional count is the number of cyclists on the footways on both sides of the road. Please note that the counts cover both directions.

Huntingdon Road RUIS Report

December 2016

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Phase Two

Two options have been designed for the stretch between Richmond Road and the junction with Histon Road, including:
• A raised cycle lane between the road and the car parking bays (Option 1)
• A protected cycle lane between car parking bays and the pavement (Option 2)

Other items considered included:

• A new bus stop layout
• Changes to the junction with Histon Road
• Resurfacing the outbound cycle lane, should further funding come forward (Option 3)

A consultation on these options took place earlier in 2016.

67.3% of respondents support or strongly support option 1, a raised cycle lane between parking bays and the road, compared to 52.4% supporting or strongly supporting option 2, the cycle lane between the parking bays and pavement.

Huntingdon Rd Consultation results and report

November 2016

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The consultation results were be presented to the Economy & Environment Committee on 10 November, 2016. The committee approved:

 

  • Option 1, as a continuation of the raised cycle lane from just beyond Oxford Road towards the junction with Histon Road/Victoria Road.
  • A floating bus stop near Westfield Lane, subject to some further development work with the Bus Quality Partnership, disabled groups and cycling groups.
  • Resurfacing and reconfiguration of cycle lane and traffic lanes approaching the junction with Histon Road/Victoria road; and
  • Option 3, an improved outbound cycle lane towards Girton.

More technical work now needs to be carried out before construction can start in summer 2017 at the earliest.


The options as proposed for consultation in May/June 2016

There are two possible options for the inbound cycle lane.  A third option could be possible for the outbound cycle lane, should further funding come forward.

Image of Huntingdon Road road improvement options

Huntingdon Road proposed improvement options

Option 1 - Raised cycle lane between parking bays and roads

The road layout would be re-arranged by moving the parking bays further out to create space for a cycle lane, where the current parking bays are. A new bus stop layout is being considered (see opposite side for more details). The islands in the centre of the road would need removing.

A cross section of Option One Huntingdon Road improvements

This would be a continuation of the newly-built cycle lane from Richmond Road, where a small kerb would separate cyclists from motorists. A new bus stop layout is being considered. The islands in the centre of the road would need removing.

Pros
+ Cyclists will have priority over side roads
+ Raised and segregated cycle lane provides a safer means of cycling compared to the current provision 

Cons
- Next to moving traffic, which means cyclists may feel less safe under this option, compared to Option 2, as there is no physical barrier between the cycle lane and traffic on the road

Please see the below engineering drawings for more details. These drawings are subject to slight change as we work through the detailed design.

Option One Engineering drawing

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Option One Engineering drawing

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Option 2  - Cycle lane between parking bays and footway

The road layout would be re-arranged by moving the parking bays further out to create space for a cycle lane, where the current parking bays are. A new bus stop layout is being considered (see opposite side for more details). The islands in the centre of the road would need removing.

Pros
+ Cyclists are fully protected from moving traffic, which might be more appealing to less confident cyclists
+ Interactions between motorists and cyclists are reduced

Cons
- More expensive as a lot of lamp columns, utility boxes and sign posts would need to be moved

Option 3 - Outbound cycle lane

Should further funding become available, we could look into resurfacing the outbound cycle lane from the junction with Histon Road towards Girton.

The improved cycle lane would be 1.8 – 2.1 metres wide, depending on the space available at various locations.

The distance covered by the improvements would depend on the amount of extra funding received.


New bus stop layout

This new style of bus stop, which separates cyclists from motorists and has already been introduced on other parts of Huntingdon Road and Hills Road, is being considered for this scheme.

Image of a floating bus stop

Example of a floating bus stop

This new style of bus stop is necessary for Option 2 for the bus stop near Westfield Road.

For Option 1 the new bus stop layout could be considered for the stop near Westfield Road.

For Option 3 it could be considered near Buckingham Road, opposite Priory Road and opposite Richmond Road.

Pros
+ Cyclists can continue their journey without having to mix with buses and cars
+ Motorists have fewer overtaking cyclists to bear in mind

Cons
- Pedestrians are required to cross the cycle lane to reach the bus

In Autumn 2015, the County Council commissioned Sustrans to monitor the use of two floating bus stops, one on Huntingdon Road and one on Hills Road, and the interactions between users. The bus stops have been in place for over a year, and are designed to make cycling safer by reducing conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles

Floating bus stop report

Sustrans

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Junction of Huntingdon Road and Histon Road

The proposals in this leaflet will not impact on traffic movements at the junction of Huntingdon Road with Histon Road.

Some changes are being proposed to improve safety for cyclists on the approach to this junction.
These include:
• Removing the left-turn cycle lane; cyclists will still be able to turn left at this junction
• Widening the cycle lane, which leads into the city centre, from 0.8 to 1.7 metres

Please see the illustration for how the new junction layout could look.

Image of Histon Road/Huntingdon Road new junction layout

Histon Road/Huntingdon Road new junction layout


Why is a better cycleway needed?

New developments in the north and north west of Cambridge will increase travel demand along Huntingdon Road, increasing congestion. We need good cycleways around this area, if we are to keep Cambridge moving as our population increases.

The options in this leaflet are similar to the types of cycle lanes already in place and working well on other stretches of Huntingdon Road and Hills Road.

Costs & Funding

The current budget available to implement these proposals is £400,000. This has been funded by the County Council’s success in securing £10.1 million from the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Fund.


The aim of the Cycle City Ambition Fund is to provide separate cycle lanes on the main roads into Cambridge and to create good quality cycle links to employment areas in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.


Phase One

Phase 1 of works to create a new cycleway on the city-bound side of the road has been complete between  Girton Corner and Richmond Road. The images below show the new cycleway.

Image of cycleway 1

Phase 1 of works to create a new cycleway on the city-bound side of the road has been complete between  Girton Corner and Richmond Road. The images here show the new cycleway.

Cyclists on the city-bound side of Huntingdon Road have priority over motor vehicles and cycles at junctions with side roads.

The map downloadable below shows the location of the new cycleway along Huntingdon Road in orange.

Image of cycleway 2

Huntingdon Road new cycleway

Map

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New style of zebra crossing

Between Oxford Road and Richmond Road, a new style of zebra crossing has been installed. Pedestrians and cyclists have priority over other traffic.

Consultation

Consultation took place in March 2014 on traffic improvements for Huntingdon Road.

The scheme was approved in Summer 2014, as shown in the minutes of the Economy and Environment Committee from 8 July 2014

The proposals included:

  • 2.1m wide city-bound cycle lane between Girton Corner and Oxford Road
  • a new type of bus stop.

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