Successful trials in Cambridge lead to extension of cycling in both directions on one-way roads

Two-way cycling on one-way streets is set to be extended across Cambridge.

In the past few years three streets in the city have trialled two-way cycling successfully with no reported problems of disputes.

Now, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cambridge city joint area committee will discuss proposals on Tuesday (23 September) to permit cycling in both directions on a further six streets.

It is recommended because it is an “easy way of expanding the city cycle network” and “allowing cyclists to be exempt from no-entry restrictions, and to travel both ways on one-way streets, is cost effective,” Clare Rankin, the county council’s project officer wrote.”

Funded by the EU’s Bike Friendly City and Section 106 money, the scheme is backed by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. Hester Wells said: “Two-way cycling is of particular advantage to residents of one way streets, who are able to make local journeys by bike more conveniently.”

Objections to the proposals are likely to include concerns about HGVs turning right at the junction with Garlic Row into Mercers Row, and a narrow carriageway coupled with poor visibility between Springfield Road and Herbert Street.

The council are, however, optimistic that the plans will be backed.