Monday, 10 December 2012

£100,000 Busway Cycle Path Lighting Looks Set To Go-Ahead


A campaign led by Liberal Democrat Amanda Taylor to highlight safety issues along the city stretch stretch of the guided busway cycle track in Cambridge looks set to result in a £100,000 investment in new lighting.

Cambridgeshire County Councillors are being recommended to support the lighting project for the busway from Cambridge railway station to Trumpington Park and Ride.

Amanda Taylor raised a 230 signature petition after cyclists were injured while riding along the cycleway. Injuries ranged from bruises to broken teeth and a sprained wrist. Some people, especially women and the elderly, were worried for their personal safety on dark stretches of the cycle path.

County council officers are carrying out feasibility work to examine all options for the new lighting

“The (south) area committee agreed that lighting the busway cycleway is a top priority and this scored highly in terms of value for money and as such is being recommended for funding,” said the officers’ report. “Lighting could significantly improve safety at night and increase pedestrian and cycle usage at night.”

Amanda said: “This is extremely good news. We want to encourage people to be able to use the cycleway but they cannot do so if they don’t feel safe.

“The petition was a very clear indication that people feel strongly about this issue and want to see this project go-ahead. Lighting would significantly improve this stretch and I hope councillors will give it their support.”

Council officers are also recommending support for improvements to the cycleway on Cambridge’s Long Road following a petition by resident Sam Davies.

Sam, of Hills Road cycles along Long Rd with her children. She set up a Facebook page to campaign for improvements and has spoken at the South Area Committee on the issue.