In July 2008 the parish councils of Bar Hill, Dry Drayton, Madingley and Coton joined forces to develop a cycle path to connect the existing cycle path between Bar Hill and Dry Drayton with the A1303 crossroads and Cambridge. A survey in March 2009 showed extensive use of the road between Madingley and the A1303 with over 1500 cars, 46 lorries, 126 vans, 12 buses and 24 motorbikes passing along it on a typical weekday. In addition 106 bicycles went by, and interviews with them as well as local residents and employees shows the latent demand for a bike route. A number of accidents, including fatal ones, have taken place on this stretch of road in the last few years. The rationale and the demand for a bike route are strong.
The bike group have had discussions with many local groups including Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge City Council, and all the relevant landowners. The University of Cambridge have kindly said that a permissive pathway can be put on their land between Dry Drayton and Madingley. And Trinity College have similarly agreed that the permissive path can go along the edge of their fields between Madingley and the A1303. These are significant and generous gestures. They will be developed in phases, with the Madingley to A1303 stretch happening first as it has historically been the more dangerous road.
There are two outstanding issues which remain to be solved. First financial support is needed to build the paths. Second there is a unique opportunity to link these two paths to the planned North West Cambridge development. An outline proposal for this development has been submitted by the University this autumn. The bike group are working hard to ensure that an additional permissive bike path can be put across Trinity College’s land to link to the University’s development. This will enable existing and new inhabitants of North West Cambridge to access the surrounding countryside and villages, including the attractions of The American Cemetery, Cambridge University’s 800 year wood and Madingley Hall. It will also enable better access into Cambridge from several villages in South Cambridgeshire who currently have no safe, off road cycle paths.
The attached map shows how special these new paths will be if all the ideas come to pass. The steering group is confident lots more people will take to their bikes and walk or jog in the countryside, or cycle to work, when these routes become a reality.
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