Cycling Plus: Investing in Greater Cambridge's Active Travel Network

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Update 16 August 2021

The Cycling Plus consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts with us.

The consultation

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) wants to encourage active travel across Greater Cambridge. Active travel is defined in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Transport Plan as “physically active modes such as cycling, walking, or horse riding. It also includes walking or cycling as part of a longer journey”.

We have already invested over £115m in active travel, including the Chisholm Trail, the Greater Cambridge Greenways and cycling improvements as part of the cross-city cycling programme.

The GCP has an indicative budget of £20 million to spend on further improvements to the active travel network. We’re consulting on your priorities for investment, including your thoughts on 13 possible corridors for improvement

As part of the consultation we want to find out:

  • whether and how often people use active travel to get into and around Cambridge
  • what the barriers are that might discourage people from cycling, walking or using other active options for getting around
  • finally, we want you to think about your priorities for active travel investment as well as the 13 possible corridors identified in the Active Travel Opportunities report and whether there are any other possible routes we should consider.

You can complete the survey here.

Background

In March 2021 we published a study on Active Travel Opportunities as part of our Future Investment Strategy. It identified 13 cycle corridors that have a significant amount of cycle traffic within Cambridge and the Greater Cambridge area and which could benefit from improvements as part of creating a joined up active travel network. The full report can be found on our website: GCP Future Investment Strategy Active Travel Study

The £20m identified by the GCP could help to fund schemes on two or three of these corridors.

What is active travel?

Active travel is defined in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Transport Plan as “physically active modes such as cycling, walking, or horse riding. It also includes walking or cycling as part of a longer journey”.

The GCP Executive Board will consider the outcome of the consultation in winter 2021/22.

How does this relate to the LCWIP consultation?

Cambridgeshire County Council is running a consultation on the Cambridgeshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which is due to close in early July 2021. LCWIPs form part of the Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (published in 2017) and help local authorities make the case for future funding for walking and cycling infrastructure. Cambridgeshire’s LCWIP covers the whole county whilst focusing on each district to highlight priority routes for cycling. Following government guidance it uses census data to identify where funding could have the greatest effect in terms of where people live and work. The LCWIP forms part of the Government’s aim to make walking and cycling the natural choice for all short journeys or as part of a longer journey.

GCP has some funding available for cycle links in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire and is consulting separately on how and where we should invest that money.

The final LCWIP will also be a consideration in our investment decisions.

How to get involved

You can complete the survey here.

If you have any questions relating to the consultation, or if you would like information about the consultation in a different format, please contact consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk or call 01223 699906.

This consultation closes at Midday on 16 August 2021.

Update 16 August 2021

The Cycling Plus consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts with us.

The consultation

The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) wants to encourage active travel across Greater Cambridge. Active travel is defined in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Transport Plan as “physically active modes such as cycling, walking, or horse riding. It also includes walking or cycling as part of a longer journey”.

We have already invested over £115m in active travel, including the Chisholm Trail, the Greater Cambridge Greenways and cycling improvements as part of the cross-city cycling programme.

The GCP has an indicative budget of £20 million to spend on further improvements to the active travel network. We’re consulting on your priorities for investment, including your thoughts on 13 possible corridors for improvement

As part of the consultation we want to find out:

  • whether and how often people use active travel to get into and around Cambridge
  • what the barriers are that might discourage people from cycling, walking or using other active options for getting around
  • finally, we want you to think about your priorities for active travel investment as well as the 13 possible corridors identified in the Active Travel Opportunities report and whether there are any other possible routes we should consider.

You can complete the survey here.

Background

In March 2021 we published a study on Active Travel Opportunities as part of our Future Investment Strategy. It identified 13 cycle corridors that have a significant amount of cycle traffic within Cambridge and the Greater Cambridge area and which could benefit from improvements as part of creating a joined up active travel network. The full report can be found on our website: GCP Future Investment Strategy Active Travel Study

The £20m identified by the GCP could help to fund schemes on two or three of these corridors.

What is active travel?

Active travel is defined in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Transport Plan as “physically active modes such as cycling, walking, or horse riding. It also includes walking or cycling as part of a longer journey”.

The GCP Executive Board will consider the outcome of the consultation in winter 2021/22.

How does this relate to the LCWIP consultation?

Cambridgeshire County Council is running a consultation on the Cambridgeshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which is due to close in early July 2021. LCWIPs form part of the Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (published in 2017) and help local authorities make the case for future funding for walking and cycling infrastructure. Cambridgeshire’s LCWIP covers the whole county whilst focusing on each district to highlight priority routes for cycling. Following government guidance it uses census data to identify where funding could have the greatest effect in terms of where people live and work. The LCWIP forms part of the Government’s aim to make walking and cycling the natural choice for all short journeys or as part of a longer journey.

GCP has some funding available for cycle links in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire and is consulting separately on how and where we should invest that money.

The final LCWIP will also be a consideration in our investment decisions.

How to get involved

You can complete the survey here.

If you have any questions relating to the consultation, or if you would like information about the consultation in a different format, please contact consultations@greatercambridge.org.uk or call 01223 699906.

This consultation closes at Midday on 16 August 2021.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) wants to create safe and accessible routes for active travel in Greater Cambridge. Having a network for walking, cycling, and any other forms of active travel allows easier, cheaper, greener, and healthier journeys for everyone who wants to get around. 

    The GCP is already investing more than £115m in the active travel network, and we’re now looking to add to this with up to £20m targeted at some of the key remaining gaps in the network. An Active Travel Study has identified 13 potential corridors that could help to join up the cycling network in Greater Cambridge, and the additional funding will enable us to tackle two or three of these. We want to hear your views on your priorities for active travel investment.

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