New Cycle Path Proposed For Ely

Keen cyclists in Ely could be set to benefit from a new section of cycle path if it receives approval from Council Chiefs next week.

The upgraded footpath/cycleway linking Lynn Road to High Barns, if funding is approved will mean a safer journey for cyclists and pedestrians who use the existing path. New lighting and surfacing will make the link way more attractive, especially for parents taking their children to Spring Meadow Infant School and St Mary’s Junior School.

The scheme is a joint initiative between East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council who will match fund the expected £100,000 required for the project.

Councillors will be asked to approve funding for the scheme at next week’s Environment and Transport Committee before going before the East Cambridgeshire Traffic Management Area Joint Committee on 28th January. If funding is approved work will begin later this year.

Chris Beer, Transport Development Officer at East Cambridgeshire District Council said: “This new joint cycleway and footpath will mean anyone travelling from the west of Ely to the north of the city will have a dedicated and safe route to use. This is especially so for parents and children who are being taken to and picked up from the St Marys Primary School.

“As part of the Ely Transport Strategy and the forthcoming Ely Masterplan, we have plans to continue developing the cycle network throughout the city to encourage everyone to get out on their bikes. Not only is it good for the environment to get out of your cars but also for public health too. Cycling is recognised as a great way to get fit and we believe hundreds of people will benefit if this scheme receives funding.”

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  1. Liz
    Liz says:

    Well the work on this is now almost complete after 4 weeks of work (it should have taken two weeks but they finished everyday at 3pm having started at 10.30am). And living on Orchard Estate, I have yet to see a bike on the new path in the last 2 weeks.

    Why on earth did they build this? It’s as long as half of Orchard Estate and no one goes between High Barns and the roundabout at Cam Drive/Lynn Road. Even in term time we have very few people walking past, and even fewer cycling to the school from the Lynn Road direction. The useful thing would have been to build a cycle path all the way into town from the hospital and then more importantly down to the station.

    A cheaper measure would have been to put double yellow lines from Deacons Lane down to the traffic lights at the police station to stop people parking there. All the residents (bar a couple of victorian houses on the right) on that stretch have driveways so there really is no reason for parking there and that would have helped the cyclists more and saved thousands of pounds.

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