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Cambridge bike lanes finally approved

9 Jul 2014 Cambridge infrastructure
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The long-awaited segregated bike lanes for Hills Road and Huntingdon Road in Cambridge have finally got the go-ahead after a last-minute wobble.

Concerns over bus stop safety had seen the plans put on hold in May. Now, county councillors have given revised plans the thumbs-up.

The ‘bus stop islands’ will now be wider, at least 2m, and the shelter will be sited on the island rather than beyond the cycle lane. Cambridgeshire County Council’s engineers say this will remove the need for bus passengers to dash across the cycle track to catch a bus.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign said the scheme was “a massive step forward... we hope other roads will follow”.

Meanwhile, councillor Noel Kavanagh hinted that similar schemes could be developed elsewhere in Cambridgeshire, and took a swipe at the out-of-town councillors who had rejected the earlier plans. “Councillors from market towns and villages should be listening to what residents want, and they want space for cycling.”

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