Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Councillor Launches Campaign To Improve A10 Cycling

Cllr Susan van de Ven

A campaign to improve cycling conditions along the A10 between Cambridge and Royston and surrounding villages is being launched by Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Susan van de Ven.

The move comes as the county council develops a new transport strategy for the area and suggested there should be a strong emphasis on cycling.

Liberal Democrat Cllr van de Ven, who represents Melbourn, will launch the A10 Corridor Cycle Campaign at a meeting on January 29 at the Sheltered Housing Community Room in Elin Way, Meldreth at 7.30pm.

“The County Council has developed useful cycling maps of much of Cambridgeshire, but the A10 corridor area has not yet been mapped – reflecting the fact that there is little, if anything, to include in the way of cycling infrastructure,” she said.

“For the past decade at least, the A10 has seen no real improvements to the rudimentary off-road path that runs alongside it. Dedicated cycle links between villages are practically non-existent. All in all, there is a disincentive for people to take up cycling as a form of exercise or transport – and yet there are enormous benefits to be had on both counts.”

“A campaign dedicated to improving this situation is long over-due.  While we know there is little money about, and that cycle paths are expensive, we must start somewhere.  The County Council is now developing a new transport strategy for the area, and has suggested a strong cycling component.  We should be ready to seize any opportunities that arise.”

“One might think January a strange time to start a cycling campaign, but a wide range of people have responded to notices of the meeting, keen to be involved.  This includes many people who depend on cycling short distances to work who cannot afford other means of transport.”

All are invited to attend the meeting.  Elin Way Community Room is half way down Elin Way, Meldreth, on the left coming from the High Street. The turn is just next to the village hall and across the road from the primary school - about five minutes on foot from Meldreth Station.