Cambridgeshire

Cambridge controversial cycle scheme set to go ahead

A controversial cycling safety scheme for Cambridge is set to be backed by councillors.

Cambridgeshire County Council officers are recommending measures to stop cars parking on a cycle lane along the busy Gilbert Road in the city.

The measure was backed by cyclists and some nearby schools who argued it would make bike journeys safer.

However, it has been opposed by residents who are concerned about the loss of parking spaces on the road.

Officers at the council have now recommended the scheme is supported by the authority's cabinet on 15 June.

Double yellow lines

Surveys found about 20 vehicles are parked in these cycle lanes at any time, with a concentration at the Milton Road end.

These are believed to be cars belonging to commuters rather than residents or their visitors.

The option being proposed to the cabinet would see the current cycle lane, which has a broken line, made wider and double yellow lines used to make it easier to enforce.

A traffic calming scheme using speed cushions would also be included.

Roy Pegram, cabinet member for growth, said: "We have listened carefully to local residents and cyclists over this issue and I am sure this will be well debated at cabinet.

"It is incredibly difficult to meet the needs of all groups while reducing congestion for the city.

"We will again look closely at all the arguments before making any decision."

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