August 20 2014 Latest news:
By Matthew Gooding
Monday, May 19, 2014
Narrow paths and broken tarmac were highlighted by cyclists on an awareness ride on Sunday.
"The narrow and severely broken tarmac was a shock to us all"
The second A10 Corridor Cycle Campaign Awareness Ride saw simultaneous rides starting at Therfield Heath and the Trumpington Park and Ride site outside Cambridge, with the groups meeting at Phillimore Garden Centre, Melbourn.
Oliver Heald MP was on hand to wave the Royston cyclists off, while Cambridge’s MP Julian Huppert, who co-chairs the all-party Parliamentary Cycling Group, saw off the Trumpington riders.
Matthew Scales, from the Royston section of the campaign, said, “The Royston ride saw 45 cyclists taking in a great deal of the newly developed cycle paths in and around the Burns Road area, as well as the fantastic Coombes Hole railway underpass.
“As the cyclists reached the A505, Sunday morning traffic proved more than enough to cause difficulties in getting safely across, highlighting the dangers of the A10/A505 junction - something that a much discussed bridge would clearly solve. As we hit the path adjacent to the A10, the narrow and severely broken tarmac was a shock to us all, making it surprisingly difficult to control a bicycle in places.”
As reported in The Crow last week, the campaign is working with Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire county councils to try and put in place better conditions for cyclists on the A10. Alternative solutions for crossing the A505/A10 junction, such as a bridge, are being investigated.
A section of path between Foxton and Shepreth has already been widened and resurfaced thanks to their campaigning.
Mr Scales added: “The ride from Royston was a massive success. Not only did it highlight the need for the improvements we are campaigning for but at last, we are seeing some real progress being made in both the work that has been carried out and also what is being targeted in the near future.”
“We would like to thank both Oliver Heald MP and Julian Huppert MP for their support and help raising the profile of our campaign.”