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We have put together a cycling strategy for the north western half of East Cambridgeshire around Ely. [PDF version]

What is the strategy about?

This strategy sets out a vision for Ely and East Cambridgeshire where cycling is a safe, enjoyable, and practical way of travelling. The size of Ely and proximity of the surrounding villages means that all journeys in the area can be easily cycled by the majority of people in relatively short times.

Why should we be encouraging more cycling?

Improved cycling facilities combined with a large uptake in cycling provides benefits not only to cyclists, but also the area as a whole, creating a cleaner, quieter, less congested and generally more pleasant place to live, work, visit, and enjoy.

Image from Hembrow Cycling Holidays

More details here – benefits of cycling

Why do we need a cycling strategy? What does it hope to achieve?

There is currently a gap between the stated aims of the council to encourage cycling within the district and actual changes on the ground. This strategy is an attempt to bridge that gap.

More details here – strategic planning

Who is the strategy aimed at?

The strategy is aimed at two main groups; those people who are interested in cycling more but are put off by the lack of adequate safe provision (inc. children and families), those who already cycle as part of their daily routine (i.e. commuting).

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More details here – encouraging more people to cycle

Where do we want improved cycling provision?

We are proposing a network of cycle routes across East Cambridgeshire. The routes on the network will be safe, direct, useful, connected, logical, maintained, signposted and future looking.

More details here – cycle network

What sort of cycling provision do we want?

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We want segregated cycle provision, with dedicated space for cycling not shared with pedestrians or motor vehicles.

More details here – segregated provision

How do we get from where we are to where we want to be?

Initially we need to get backing for the strategy. After that all new developments should have appropriate provision built in. Changes to the existing roads should planned and prioritised based on cost and importance to the network.

More details here – getting things done

9 thoughts on “Strategy

  1. BPerry

    I have read through all the Ely Cycle Campaign Strategy and can honestly say I have nothing more to add.
    I think what has been written is comprehensive, well put together and very relevent to our local situation.

  2. robin jones

    Hi Just read the strategy on the Ely Cycling Campaign, while I agree with this as a long term strategy I question what is happening in the short and medium term.
    We are a group of cyclists who go out every saturday and sunday…Mamils (Middle Aged Men In Lycra) and the focus should be on improving what we have and creating a solid platform to then build. I would raise the following points:
    1. The worst quality roads we cycle on are in and around the Ely City area. There are pot holes,raised man holes and the worst area is the so called cycle lane going out to the golf club. Improve this and then cyclists may not have to take evasive action to not be thrown off.
    2. Make the cycle paths you have in place more acceptable to all bikes. There is a cycle path out to Padney that unless you have Kevlar tyres you can not go on without getting punctures from the flint, and I feel sorry for the walkers who have to share this path with us.
    3. Campaign to make cars more aware that very often the reason we ride out of the gutter is the fact that the drains and non cleaning of this area means that it is dangerous to the rider and the bike.

    I commend any action to make cycling more inclusive and safer and am not being negative, but fix what is broken in the short term in order to have a spingboard to take cycling forward.

    PS if anybody wants to join our little cycling group email ….

  3. mg

    Hi Robin, if you want we could put a page on the web site advertising your MAMIL rides. Maybe you could send us some text (have a look at the page I put up for the bike rides with Ely Cycling Club) and email it to and we’ll put it up.

    As for your points: Have a look at our project pages, some bits are covered there.
    1. Potholes etc. Not really cycling specific but you can already report them on fixthathole and shapeyourplace. We have talked to the council about Cambridge Road and they said it will be resurfaced after some utilities have done their digging sometime next year.
    2. The NCN isn’t ideal and we’ve talked to Sustrans. There are various issues (land ownership etc) and it seems they are trying the best they can…
    3. Not really something a local campaign can do, except maybe put some signs up (which we are working on – see our projects). I think this has been mentioned in the recent parliamentary enquiry and hopefully something will get done on a national level.

    You should come along to our meetings then we can talk about your ideas!


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  7. Paul Rawlinson

    Great, a strategy is essential to ensure that all new developments, roads and infrastructure embed cycling from the outset. Not as a bolt on afterwards. Our mantra should be,- Think bike first –

    Whilst this may seem a little selfish to some, we have a lot of catching up to do, because in the past it seemed to be – Think bike last or not at all -. The County are listening, but developers also need to be targeted, some of the worst surfacing and infrastructure we have in Cambridge has been put in by private developers who seem to use a tick box mentality when it comes to cycling provision

    Robin is also right, whilst a long term strategy is essential, we must also push for short term improvements. These can be major schemes, but also should include smaller quick wins. A pro-active attitude will help, by not being negative about every improvement. If we have a problem it needs to be responded to with a possible and realistic solution. Not a rude or nasty response.

    Nothing wrong with thinking big, but we need to think small as well so those two ends are joined up.

  8. Paul Rawlinson

    Just so it is clear no suggestion that anyone in this campaign is rude or nasty. Just emphasising the need for constructive solution driven solutions.

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