With a target to up cycling levels from the already UK-wide high of 22 per cent to around 40 per cent, the borough aims to raise £8.2 million to fund a network of 2.1m-wide bike lanes. These will run parralel to existing roads, but will be separated by kerbs. A bid for £4.1 million in funds has been submitted and the council has promised to match the amount should the bid suceed.
Routes alongside the railway line are also planned, connecting the Science Park, train station and Addenbrooke's hospital. In all four new routes, aimed at the commuter cyclist, are planned in South Cambridgeshire.
Project manager Mike Davies said: “We think this whole package can lift cycling levels from the already very high levels to the Dutch level of 40 per cent of all trips.
“Journeys by car would be quicker and more reliable if more people cycled, and by providing segregated routes you free up footways for pedestrians.”