Let's make streets in Cambridge more vibrant and attractive for kids to walk and bike to school!
In 2018, we asked Cambridge parents as part of the Safe Ways to School survey how they would like their children to get to school each day.
More than 70 per cent said they would love for their child to bike, scooter or walk. But, only if it was safe.
The following year, we asked Cambridge residents through the Cambridge Town Concept Plan Refresh what they wanted to see for the future of their town. Improving walking and cycling infrastructure was highlighted as a top priority.
Now we're working with the community to make this a reality.
In March 2021, we began trialing more than 25 temporary changes on several streets in Cambridge to create a route for kids - and all of us - to safely and easily walk, bike and scooter to school and around town.
Some of these included painted dots on the road, improvements to busy intersections, new pedestrian crossings and a pop-up cycleway on Wilson and Duke streets.
Since then, we've received lots of feedback from the community on the effectiveness of the changes, and have carried out traffic and pedestrian monitoring.
We've also made some changes to the network as a result of that feedback including the removal of the one-way access on upper Duke Street and the removal of the painted dots on the road.
Now the trial has finished, it is over to a community working group and Waipa councillors to use this information and decide which changes should remain in place and made permeant, and which should be removed.
Together, we're making our streets for people!
This project was carried out in three stages:
Stage One - Last year we asked residents to identify the key areas on our streets making them unsafe for kids to walk, bike and scooter to school. More than 200 of you responded and helped us to select both the locations and the types of treatments we would test.
Stage Two - From March 2021 we began installing more than 25 temporary treatments on a network of streets. These included a pop-up cycleway on Wilson and Duke streets, speed cushions on Bryce Street and improved crossings outside of four Cambridge schools.
Stage Three - We collected lots of feedback from residents and we carried out traffic and pedestrian monitoring. Using this information, the project team created a list of recommendations for Council on which changes should be left in place and which should be removed.
Now - These recommendations will be reviewed by a working group made up of community representatives, elected members and and council staff and will report to Council later this year.