Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A10 corridor cycle campaigners annual ride backed by Huppert

MP Julian Huppert will be supporting cyclists setting off on the second annual A10 Awareness CycleRide this weekend.

Two groups or riders will be setting off simultaneously on Sunday, May 18 to highlight the need for a safe off-road route between Cambridge and Royston and the villages in between.

Julian will see off cyclists leaving from Trumpington Park and Ride and a second group will leave from Royston Heath. The two groups will converge at Phillimore's Garden Centre in Melbourn.

Campaign Chair Susan van de Ven said: “This family-friendly ride is intended to highlight the need for a safe off-road route.

“The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign is actively pressing Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire County Councils to tackle the long-neglected need for safe cycling over the Herts/Cambs county border, between Royston and Melbourn.

“This one-mile stretch connects two key centres of employment but is currently off-limits to all but the most intrepid cyclists, and those who have no choice on economic grounds because cycling is the cheapest form of transport.”

Julian said: “This campaign has achieved remarkable success in a relatively short time. It is so important for cyclists to have safe and easy routes across the county and I fully support this work.

“Major routes such as the A10 carry extremely heavy traffic and are busy most of the time. They pose huge safety risks for vulnerable cyclists and if we are to encourage more people to travel by bike we have to give them efficient, safe routes to do so.”

The campaign was launched in January 2013 and just over a year later a one-kilometre stretch of new off-road cycle path was completed along the A10 between Shepreth and Foxton.

This was the first project undertaken via Cambridgeshire County Council’s ‘Cycling Ambition’ grant from central government.

Cambridgeshire County Council has recently made a bid to the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund for an off-road path connecting Melbourn and Royston and Hertfordshire County Council is now conducting a feasibility study for a safe crossing over the A505 roundabout.

A third stretch of off-road path connecting Hauxton and Harston, through the new Trumpington Meadows Country Park, is now under construction.

The cycle rides will begin at 10am. For further information visit www.a10corridorcycle.com