Lib Dems push ahead with cycle projects

March 5, 2009 11:20 AM

Two projects to improve cycling in the city centre, at a cost of more than £30,000, have won the backing of councillors.

Work on a new cycle route in Chesterton Road, costing £21,000, will begin in April and is expected to take just over a year to complete.

The route, via Chesterton Hall Crescent, Chesterton Road and the crossing to the west of George Street will complete the missing section of the Milton Road to Riverside cycle route.

Councillors have also agreed to spend £10,000 to improve safety in the Petersfield area in Mackenzie Road, Kingston Street, Covent Garden and Mawson Road.

Safety issues had been raised by residents after drivers were ignoring No Entry signs in the area.

Now a traffic lane will be removed and a planter narrowed in Mackenzie Road to allow a cycle slip and island to be constructed. As there is less width in Kingston Street, an advisory cycle lane will be put in from the entrance to Mill Road to highlight the presence of cyclists and keep motorists over to the left.

Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Change and Growth, Sian Reid said: "The safety of cyclists is paramount and it is hoped these changes will make it easier for them to travel round the city.

"We have listened to what residents want and hope these projects will improve cycling while at the same time making the regulations clearer for drivers."

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