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LAST WEEK WAS THE FIRST PART OF MY REVIEW OF SOME OF THE CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE WE SAW DURING THE CYCLING EMBASSY OF GREAT BRITAIN’S 2016 AGM IN CAMBRIDGE.
This week, is the second and final part of my review and will cover cycle parking, how even a new-build scheme with all the space in the world can be done badly and will conclude with some smaller interventions which are simple to replicate anywhere.
We know that Cambridge has a lot of cycles and finding space to park them is a constant headache. Of course, the beauty of cycling is that one can essentially park right by where one wants to stop; where the attractor is popular, we need lots of space! Cambridge Station is extremely popular and the solution for cycle parking here is on a grand scale.
Cambridge Cyclepoint opened earlier this year and has space for nearly 3,000 cycles over three floors.
The ground floor is smaller than the first and second and will eventually be for cargobikes, other non-standard machines and for people requiring step-free access. The upper floors are accessed by shallow steps with ramps – it would have been nicer for shallower ramps one could cycle on, but this would have taken space. There is also a cycle shop on the ground floor. For someone used to leaving his cycle outside on a Sheffield stand this parking facility was rather stunning. Yes, I did cycle down the ramp!