It has emerged that the governors of Shirley School on Nuffield Road were not properly consulted about Labour's revised plans for cycling on Nuffield Road. The Liberal Democrats had won public support for the City Deal providing a proper segregated cycle path but Labour councillors vetoed that in favour of dangerous on-road advisory lanes.
Speaking at the North Area Committee a parent at the school criticised the new plans as not providing safe routes to schools for children, and said that parents and governors at the school were not properly consulted. Neither, apparently, was the Nuffield Road Medical Centre next door. You can watch the parent's question and Labour councillors' replies in Richard Taylor's video:
Parent governor of the Shirley School, Dr Mark Abbas, has written a letter in support of the original proposals for segregated lanes which was delivered to the meeting.
The Nuffield Road cycle lane plans are dangerously bad. We need to do much better to get more kids and adults cycling to school. Paint on the road doesn't make anyone safer, won't encourage anyone to cycle, and won't reduce the congestion on the roads around the school. The City Council and Greater Cambridge Partnership need to look again, work with residents and people who use the road, and provide a safe, segregated, off-road cycle path.
In tandem with this, we need to get goods traffic off Nuffield Road by giving access to the industrial estate from Milton Road via the busway spur. Please sign our petition!