Cycling in Cambridge, England. Carlton Reid Cambridge residents have until just before Christmas to decide whether the city should introduce a London-style congestion charge for motorists.
A Sustainable Travel Zone would extend three miles out from the center of this famous university city. It would cost $6 to travel by private motor vehicle within Cambridge between 7 am and 7 pm on weekdays.
London’s congestion charge was introduced in February 2003, leading to the number of people entering central London by car during the morning peak falling by 45%. Cycle use exploded after the introduction of the motoring fee—cycling on main roads rose by 4% in the three years before the charge was introduced, rising to 37% in the three years following.
In Cambridge, cycling—with a 43% share of work journeys—has long been a popular form of mass transit. Cambridge’s historic town center contains many streets of historical importance, often dominated by cars even though their use for work journeys is relatively low, with a so-called modal share of 25%. Cambridge is 323rd out of the 348 English and Welsh local authorities for levels of car ownership.
The body behind Cambridge’s proposal for a congestion charge is the Greater Cambridge Partnershi p, made up of local councils, the university, and businesses.
The charge would be introduced in 2027 following a program of improvements to the bus network. The $6 charge would apply to petrol and diesel cars and electric cars. Motorbikes would also be subject to the charge. A large number of bicycles lean […]