As car use has grown, travel by foot, bike and public transport has fallen. Only two out of five short journeys (under 5 miles) are currently made by foot, bike or public transport.
Driving short journeys is costly both to the driver and to society in terms of the impact on our pockets, wider economy, health and environment. Each driver could save up to £279 per year if 4 out of 5 of these journeys was made without resorting to the car.
The Waterbeach and Milton area has long suffered from a lack of cycling infrastructure. With over 5000 people working at Cambridge Science Park we need to make cycling more accessible to both commuters and leisure users. The current narrow, potholed path alongside the A10 with speeding lorries within touching distance is not fit for purpose. Whilst the the Cambridge Research Park north of Waterbeach lacks even this basic route. One only has to visit the cycle path adjacent to the guided busway to see how popular a smooth, safe facility can be.
For years when people have questioned the lack of cycling facilities locally that have been fobbed off with the same response, that they should "wait until the development". We need improvements now, the Greenways projects associated with the Greater Cambridge partnership offer some hope. The villages along in the A10 corridor south of Cambridge have benefited from that cycling scheme yet our local elected officials seem to lack the initiative to push for a similar scheme for our area.