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Faster action is required to make Cambridgeshire’s roads safer for cyclists

Faster action is required to make Cambridgeshire’s roads safer for cyclists

Campaigners say faster action is needed to create safer cycling routes in Cambridge as data shows the majority of those injured on the city’s streets…

Tuesday, Mar 15

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Campaigners say faster action is needed to create safer cycling routes in Cambridge as data shows the majority of those injured on the city’s streets are cyclists. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough police and crime commissioner Darryl Preston Picture: Keith Heppell An average of 69 people were killed or seriously injured in the city in the three years pre-pandemic, with 62 per cent of those cyclists.

A further 16 per cent were pedestrians, making nearly four-fifths of those killed or seriously injured pedestrians or cyclists.

The data was presented to the Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership by Cambridgeshire police and crime commissioner Darryl Preston.

“As a former police officer, I personally dealt with far too many serious injuries and fatal incidents on our roads and saw for myself the devastation these, mostly avoidable incidents can have on loved ones,” he told the Cambridge Independent.

The data was supplied by the Vision Zero Partnership which aims to significantly reduce the severity of injuries and subsequent costs and social impacts from road traffic collisions in the county.

“Cycling should be safe and accessible for everyone who wants to ride,” said Cambridge cycling campaign Camcycle’s Anna Williams.

“Concerns about safety are the biggest barrier preventing them from doing so.”Cambridge recently failed to feature in a published study of the UK’s ‘most cycle-friendly cities’ from French civil engineering firm Colas.But while the study’s methodology, which claimed Bristol contained 107,000 kilometres of mapped cycleways – a quarter of the UK’s entire road network – has been debunked, campaigners say faster action is still needed […]

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