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