Peterborough Cycle Forum
A16 Norwood Improvements - development of 80-hectare site
The Peterborough Local Plan identifies the required delivery of 19,440 new homes and 17,600 new jobs by 2036.
The 80-hectare Norwood site will provide 2,000 dwellings, a local centre and primary school. Delivery of the development has been sl=plit into two phases. The first phase includes up to 870 dwellings and auxiliary uses, including a primary school and local centre, and will initially be accessed via Newborough Road. The second phase will complete the build.
Development of 945 dewellings, a local centre, a primary school and a secondary school has already begun at the Paston Reserve (adjacent to the Norwood site).
The project requires improvements along the A16 corridor including a new access roundabout with the A16 and a new junction with Newborough Road. The plan is to connect the two points of access with an internal road.
Highways England have agreed in principle to the proposed interventions.
Review of the Highway Code
Goverment Review of HWC
Vision Zero Partnership
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership has been renamed 'Vision Zero Partnership' for the next stage in its strategy, spanning 2020-2030.
Highway Code changes
A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.
Traffic management works that are bad for cyclists and pedestrians
I've recently moved to be the Lib Dem lead on the County Council's Highways & Infrastructure committee.
I want to start working through in detail bad and good TM examples with officers to understand whether it's specific sets of contractors that are poor, whether they aren't compliant with the current policy and/or whether I agree with our officers about whether they are.
For this I need a Cambridgeshire wide list of both good and bad, with locations - so it would be good to get some from Cambridge and other nearby Cycle Campaigns.
Current DfT consultations.
DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.
Objectives regarding Cycling:
• Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
• By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
Cambridgeshire Local Highway Improvement (LHI) Initiative funding
Every year there is funding available through Cambridgeshire County Council's Local Highway Improvement (LHI) Initiative to improve county highways. Organisations can submit proposals to improve highways and we should do so to bring about improvements to cycling and walking infrastructure.
This article describes our successful test case submission for LHI funding:
This article describes the LHI funding process:
Each submission must cost less than £11,000 total and while multiple related issues may be included in one submission they should be grouped by county ward (partly to make site visits easier). We should prepare an initial list of ideas by June of each year so that the site visits and liaising with local councillors, council officers, and other organisations can be completed by October. If we want to make more than one submission we will need a different co-sponsoring organisation for each submission as each organisation is only allowed one submission per year.
Rumble strips instead of paint
Complete separation of cyclists and cars can't always be achieved. To make sharing of the road safer I would like to propose using rumble strips instead of flat paint to separate the bike lane from the rest of the road. It would act as a physical reminder for car-drivers that they are encroaching the bike lane. This happens particularly near pinch points like road bends or crossroads. So even just a selective application of rumble strips could have a very positive effect, I believe. What's the view of the cycling community? Has it been tested?
DfT Cycling and Walking technical support
The Department for Transport is offering technical support for the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan. Two questions.
Do we know whether any of our Local Authorities plan to submit a request?
Has any Local Authority consulted CamCycle about a request?
They need to get a move on because the cut off for requests is 20 June.