The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) have published a report which calls for additional funding to be pumped into providing more cycling infrastructure in Cambridge, whilst improving the quality. The city, which the report says could ‘seize up’ within a focus on cycling infrastructure, could need an injection of an additional £200m for the work which could cut congestion, ease traffic, improve connectivity and would also bring health benefits to the region.
The NIC commissioned paper, titled ‘Running out of road’ and undertaken by Andrew Gilligan, examines how cycling could try tackle congestion in Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge – with the cities set to thrive through the unlocked opportunities improved connectivity through rail and a new expressway between the cities will bring.
The paper calls for new bike lanes to be urgently implemented – which could see traffic reduce by up to 15% in the next four years alone if they take these and other measures mentioned in the paper. This would be done through the creation of five new high-quality cycling routes in Oxford and three in Cambridge – with amendments also made to problem junctions and better cycling routes from park-and-ride sites and railway stations.
There is already a huge focus on journeys made by bike within the two cities – with 43% of commuter journeys said to be maid on bike, and the report suggests infrastructure should be reshaped to reflect how people actually travel within the cities – making roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Although there is a high quantity of bike users the report highlights the lack of consideration made to cyclists when planning.
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