Thursday, 10 October 2013

Amanda Takes An Armadillo To Her Surgery

Julian And Amanda With The Armadillo Designed
To Separate Traffic
Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Amanda Taylor is taking an “armadillo” along to her advice surgery this Saturday (October 12) to give people more information about new Dutch-style cycle lanes being proposed in certain Cambridge roads.

Cllr Taylor will show off the so-called “armadillo” which will separate cyclists from other traffic on the road as part of the project funded with £8.2 million of government money.
She said: “I hope people will take the opportunity to come and find out more about this exciting scheme and how these armadillo traffic separators will make cycling in the city safer.

“People will soon be asked for their views as part of a two-stage consultation by the county council and I want to give them as much information as I can. Hopefully this investment will encourage more people to cycle.”

Residents are invited to attend the Liberal Democrats’ regular advice surgery in Queen Edith’s where Cllr Taylor, who represents the ward, will be on hand to answer questions about the cycling proposals or any other local matter.

One of the projects being considered as part of the scheme is segregated cyle lanes on Hills Road between the Cherry Hinton and Long Road junctions. Others are in Huntingdon Road and Trumpington Road.

As part of the consultation county council transport officers will be looking for information on journey patterns, routes etc. initially. Detailed proposals will be drawn up following the consultation.

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert said simple ideas like the “armadillo” offer cyclists more protection from other vehicles and keeps them safe.

“They are raised and create a clear separation between motor vehicles and cyclists and they warn a driver if he or she is straying into a cycle lane. But by allowing gaps in between it also makes it easier for a cyclist to exit the lane if need be.”

The surgery will be held between 10.30am and 11.30am at St James’ Church, Wulfstan Way, Cambridge.