From early this month, Cambridge Science Park (CSP) is piloting a free electric – bike hire service for CSP employees. If you live within Bar Hill, Longstanton or Northstowe area, you can collect the ebike from the Longstanton Park & Ride. Bikes will be available on a on a first-come, first-served basis. However, commuters can reserve a bike online. For more information, see here.
100 Mobikes arrived in Cambridge last month! The company will initially start with 100 bikes before expanding the number of bikes gradually over the coming months, based on demand and popularity of the scheme. Mobike provides an affordable means of shared transportation for convenient short urban trips, while reducing congestion, and our city's carbon footprint. These combined - Mobike improves the quality of city life. Mobike’s business model is similar to other dockless bike-share companies, with users downloading an app, using the app to find and unlock a bike, and leaving the bike wherever they want when they finish using it. For more information, see here.
The Greater Cambridge Partnership has agreed to invest an additional £19m towards a package of 'quick wins' to improve road safety, reduce congestion and enhance the city region’s cycling network. It includes a £4.6m investment in cycling improvements across the Greater Cambridge Greenways – a network of 12 high-quality cycling, walking and equestrian routes linking surrounding towns and villages to the city.
Construction work on the proposed Greenways upgrades – which includes the widening and resurfacing of a number of existing cycleways, including between Stapleford and Sawston, and a new shared path linking Cottenham to the Guided Busway – is expected to begin next month.
The ‘quick wins’ expected to be delivered by the end of 2020 include new bus lanes on the approach to the A11 and Linton, junction safety upgrades, new crossing points and more cycle storage at Babraham Road Park & Ride.
Members have also approved the preferred option design for improved bus, cycling and walking journeys along Milton Road, and discussed the potential options for encouraging people to move away from using their car to travel across Cambridge. For more information, see here.
Hackney council is offering residents the chance to design their own ‘parklets’ to replace parking spaces on their streets. A trial scheme, launched this week, will support the installation of 15 parklets across the London borough. The trials will run from one to six months, after which the council will decide whether to make the parklets permanent. Each parklet will occupy a single parking space, with the design determined by residents. Features could include planters, bike racks, benches, notice boards and games. This initiative is the first in the UK - to allow residents to apply for uses within parking bays that are more than just car storage. This could be transformative for our streets, as non-car uses are permitted on the kerbside normally reserved exclusively for cars. For more information, see here.