A vision for Riverside

As far back as 2009 the City Council stated a vision ”to create a pedestrian and cycle priority route linking the two green spaces of Stourbridge Common and Midsummer Common“. This scheme, which would create an uninterrupted route along the river from the city centre to Fen Ditton, was noted as having “city-wide benefit”.
The first stretch from Midsummer Common to Saxon Road is in place, and makes a stark contrast with the scruffy, poorly-maintained and inadequately paved conditions further east. RARA is pressing the Council to turn its wish into reality. We have suggested completion of Riverside improvements as a possible priority for S106 (developer payment) funds. This is now on the list of projects up for decision at the East Area Committee.

What: East Area Committee
When: 29th November at 7pm
Where: Cherry Trees Day Centre, St Matthews Street
Why: Discussion on whether funding should be allocated to Riverside to improve it
Who: Cambridge City Council
Cost: Free
What to do next: Turn up to the meeting – any resident can attend

Winter gritting on Riverside

Gritting in the Riverside area will take place this year. Riverside, River Lane, Stanley Road and most other local streets are on a ‘secondary’ lorry gritting route, and will also done by a quad bike when the council grits the cycleways. Last season secondary routes were done 3 times and cycleways were done 24 times. The cycleways have already been gritted once this season so far.

Gritting on Riverside became a major issue in December 2009 when due to the icy conditions a car crashed through the retaining fence at the bottom of the River Lane ‘hill’. Luckily no-on was hurt. Previous to the incident March 2009 an online petition signed by over 1200 people had been submitted to the County Council after lots of cyclists had accidents on Riverside in the winter of 2008-9, after new cycle bridge was opened. The crash however highlighted the seriousness of the situation to the council and the policy of gritting the area is now in place.

Currently the County Council website is giving the wrong information on the gritting situation but they are aware of it and it should updated soon.