December 9th 2016 at 1:02PM GMT
Design & Layout of Roads in Built-up Areas, a report produced for the Ministry of War Transport in 1946, recommended that cyclists should benefit from protection at roundabouts. The protection never came, even though cyclists in the Netherlands benefitted from such protection. But now the UK is closer to getting a full-on “Dutch-style” roundabout – it could be built in Cambridge after the Milton Road Local Liaison Forum last night voted in favour of the so-called “Do-Optimum” approach to a proposed road layout plan.
The design was developed by a working group from Milton Road Residents’ Association and Hurst Park Estate Residents’ Association working in collaboration with local cycle campaign group Camcycle.
The proposal for the Milton Road scheme will go forward to the local authority. The design incorporates priority for walking, cycling and public transport, and includes features such as walking and cycling priority-crossings of minor side roads, cycle lanes separated from motor vehicles by trees within verges, a safe roundabout design that provides protection and priority for walking and cycling, bus stops designed to be fully accessible to persons with disabilities, and innovative bus “queue-jump” lanes that give buses a head-start at junctions.
This new proposal evolved out of the City Deal Local Liaison Forum workshops where groups of stakeholder residents and organisations were brought together by council officers to talk about the various elements of the City Deal scheme.
In their foreword to the resolution, the working group stated “This design offers a great opportunity for Cambridge to pioneer a welcoming, best-in-class, tree-lined gateway into the city that will transform the way people choose to travel, because it will provide a safe, calming and healthy environment for all modes of use. From the evidence of the workshops it is very likely to attract majority support from local stakeholders and we believe that it meets the City Deal objectives to a greater degree than the Do-Something proposals.