Thank you to everyone who managed to pop over to the Green Transport Expo yesterday at the Cambridge Science Park. We had a very successful day as we managed to display a wide range of sustainable modes of transport to get to work some of which included: cargo bikes, electric bikes, electric scooters, electric skateboards, scooters, bus services provided by Stagecoach, train services provided by Greater Anglia, hybrid and electric cars, pool cars for business trips, car sharing, shuttle service being offered at the Science Park, Bike & Go Bikes, cycle safety advice from Cambridgeshire Police and much more. Popular mode amongst the employees were definitely electric skateboards and electric scooters.
There are currently eight Bike & Go bikes now available for hire at Cambridge North Station. Officially opening of these bikes will be in late June or early July.
With an annual subscription fee of £10, Bike & Go is a flexible, easy way to hire a bike and complete your journey. Bikes can be hired for £3.80 per day and kept for up to 72 hours. You can even hire up to two bikes at a time – great for days out with friends! For more information see here
The new MotionMap (a mobile travel app) and smart wayfinding screens was officially launched last week in Cambridge by Smart Cambridge to help residents, commuters and visitors plan their journeys around the city. The innovative journey planning tools using ‘real-time’ data are being developed by Smart Cambridge - led by Cambridgeshire County Council and partly-funded by the Greater Cambridge Partnership - to encourage people to travel more sustainably.
The new MotionMap travel app is free to download to smart phones which brings together ‘real-time’ and local timetable information to more accurately predict travel times and suggest the best routes using a mix of buses, trains, walking and cycling. Developed with Cambridge-based company Building Intellect, the MotionMap app also has a carbon counter, and will be refined using feedback from users.
Smart screens showing the latest travel updates and useful visitor information are also being trialled at key transport interchanges to make it easier for people to find their way around the city. The city’s first digital wayfinding screens has been launched outside Cambridge Station providing much-needed signposting, travel times and useful information, with more screens coming to Trumpington Park & Ride site over the summer.
The app and screens are all using real-time travel and other transport data collated through the Intelligent City Platform (iCP) and LoRa network, developed by the University of Cambridge, together with other data sources such as Google Transit, Twitter feeds and weather reports. Bus and train times, traffic monitors, air quality readings, and cycle sensors are just some of the thousands of pieces of data being processed and analysed daily to predict traffic movements and provide real-time information.
For more information see here
The Histon Road scheme will help to accommodate these extra trips whilst upgrading the road to a safe, pleasant and connected community for local residents and businesses. The scheme proposes:
Area covered by this consultation are: Arbury, Cambridge, Castle, Histon, Histon Road, Impington, Kings Hedges and Orchard Park. Have your say on this consultation by Monday 2 July 2018 and click here for the survey link.
Cambridgeshire County Council has been awarded £550,000 by the Department for Transport (DfT) to create the UK’s first Dutch-style roundabout at Fendon Road and Queen Edith’s Way in Cambridge. The Council has won part of the £7 million capital funding allocated by the Government for the 2018-19 Cycle City Ambition Safety programme.
The new roundabout scheme will improve safety in the area by giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists over motorists. The Fendon Road/Queen Edith’s Way roundabout is an important route for both commuters and those on their way to school or college, and is a location that over recent years has experienced many collisions involving cyclists.
In 2013 the Council was successful in securing funding from the DfT Cycle Safety Fund programme for a number of schemes including the Perne Road/Radegund Road roundabout. That design included aspects of a Dutch-style roundabout, including a central overrun strip that visually reduces carriageway width to generate lower speeds. This has proved to be a highly successful scheme, which has statistically eliminated reported cycle collisions at that location.
The Fendon Road scheme builds on this, going a stage further by providing cycle and pedestrian priority including zebra crossings for pedestrians, and a dedicated red cycle path around the roundabout for cyclists.
Works on site are due to commence in early 2019 and the scheme’s total cost is estimated to be £800,000. The allocation of the capital grant will complement £250,000 of local funding from Section 106 developer contributions.
For more information see here
Cyclist surveys are currently being undertaken in Cambridge specifically of users of three existing routes that are being (or are due to be) improved – at Arbury Road, Ditton Lane and the Science Park. Cyclists will be asked for their opinions on cycling in Cambridge.
The surveys are contributing to the establishment of baseline data (pre-construction), which will gather peoples’ attitudes and thoughts on cycling at two set locations in Cambridge . The surveys will be repeated next year at the same time of year to understand whether cyclists’ experiences and perceptions of these routes have changed post-completion of these projects.
The survey will run until Sunday 8 July. For more information see here
With summer just around the corner, lunchtime walks organised by Travel Plan Plus will kick off from Wednesday 6 June once a week from 12:30pm - 1:15pm. Each week we will explore a new place at lunchtime for at least 45 minutes away from the office and back. Easy!
If you are interested please meet us at 12:30 sharp by the Stagecoach Milton Park and Ride bus stop by the main entrance to the Cambridge Science Park Road. Employees on the Science Park, Business Park and St John Innovation Park are all welcome to join us. There's no need to book, just simply turn up in comfortable clothes and trainers. It’s a good idea to warm up your muscles as part of your exercise routine prior to the walk.
Travel Plan Plus will be hosting our free annual Green Transport Expo at the Cambridge Science Park which offers you the chance to explore a wide range of sustainable modes of transport to get to work. An alternative to your current modes - try out brompton, electric bikes or family cargo bikes; electric scooters; test drive fully electric Nissan Leafs; find out more about hybrid pool cars; new Greater Anglia’s trains in virtual reality, and plus much more.
The event will be held at the Trinity Centre Upper Car Park, on Thursday 28 June from 1130-1430, rain or shine. This is a free event open to commuters at the Science Park, Business Park and St John's Innovation Park. Come along with friends, explore your travel options and take advantage of great offers.
Emma Hallworth from Mewburn Ellis LLP was the winner of £20 M&S gift voucher for the Walk to Work May competition. Emma walks to work five days a week and covers a total of 2.4 miles every day on foot. Well done Emma!
Cambridge residents are invited to have their say on potential new Resident Parking Schemes from Friday 11 May. Over the coming five years, Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) are looking at 26 potential areas across the city where a residential parking scheme could work. Schemes for Accordia and Staffordshire have already been approved and will be implemented in Summer 2018.
CCC are currently conducting a formal consultation for a residential parking scheme in Ascham and in Victoria. Both of these consultations will close on 14 June 2018. To submit your response to either consultation, see here
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