June 4th, 2014
Cambridge County Council has unveiled plans to add nearly 70% more cycle spaces to the city’s current capacity at the railway station.
A new 3000 space multi-storey car park, currently being built at the train station, will also house a two tier rack system which will provide cycle spaces for 1,332 bikes. At present there are only 786 spaces and this has proved to be insufficient for the residents needs. The space shortage has been made worse by a large number of abandoned bikes.
The racks have been funded by Cambridgeshire County Council using a £200,000 Government grant and have been welcomed by cyclists who commute on a regular basis. One cyclist said: “It’s chaos most of the time in terms of bikes. I know the rangers come in to do clearance but it doesn’t seem to be quite often enough for the number of abandoned bikes left there”.
“If they have all the double decker bike racks, that can help, but if they are going to do it they need to be a bit more proactive on the clearance”.
Mike Davies, the council’s team leader said: “This will encourage more people to travel by bike to Cambridge station while the bikes should be more secure and the area should be much tidier.”