New raised cycle lane installations see numbers double in Cambridge

The installation of two key cycling arteries into Cambridge is said to have significantly bolstered numbers, according to new data.

One of the routes targeted by Cambridgeshire County Council is Hills Road – spanning the city’s main Leisure park to the Addenbrooke Hospital – which now has raised paths. The resulting uptake in cycling, the council says is more than 4,600 daily cyclists, more than double the 2,339 average per day registered in both directions during 2013.

Meanwhile, on Huntingdon Road, the introduction of “dutch style” cycle lanes has seen daily tallies jump from 1,902 in 2013 to 2,632 in 2016.

Both routes were touted early in 2014 as part of a £4.1 million investment and built following a consultation.

The news comes on the same day that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has effectively told cyclists they have no place on the roads, advice contrary to the Highway Code.

Cambridge remains at the summit of the cycling modal share tables in the UK and has frequently been seen to invest and embrace the active travel culture. The picture elsewhere in the UK is of nationwide decline in overall cycling levels, according to the latest DfT data.