We’re really pleased that the ban on cycling along the riverside in Ely is being lifted. This is one of the simple improvements we’ve been campaigning for and it’s great to see it come to fruition. We’re hoping this will be the first of many improvements that will make Ely and East Cambridgeshire a safer and more pleasant place to travel by bike.
The riverside is a really important part of the cycle network we’d like to see developed in the district. It gives commuters who live in the North of the Ely a safer route from the end of Lisle Lane to the Station. Making cycling as a means of transport easier and safer has a lot of popular support and that is reflected by the results of the consultation, which was overwhelmingly in support of lifting the ban.
We realise that there is a short section where the route narrows where a little more care is required. We understand that section will have signs to remind those cycling to be careful and courteous to pedestrians. Hopefully these won’t be the usual “Cyclist Dismount” variety as these are not well understood (many don’t realise they are advisory only) and don’t give the right message. We’re hoping there will be something clearer like “Cyclists Give Way To Pedestrians”.