The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway linking St Ives, Cambridge and Trumpington opened on 7 August 2011. It has now passed its fifth birthday. There have been successes - millions of passengers on the buses, and thousands of cyclists, walkers and horse-riders on the 'access track'. But there have also been problems - flooding of the cycle track, punctuality spring to mind, accidents and bumpy track. The blog is for anyone who wants to discuss their experiences of using the guided busway.
Monday, 8 June 2015
Signs on (and off) the busway
In the last week several of these notices have appeared along the length of the busway maintenance
track / bridle path / cycleway:
Presumably asking cyclists to show respect
for pedestrians and vice versa.
But most of the signs are mounted high
up. About the height of horse riders heads. Is it asking horse riders to
show respect for pedestrians and cyclists? Seems unlikely.
A search finds this Twitter
article https://twitter.com/gnomeicide/status/574853452414738432 where Richard Taylor says “Cllrs to spend
public health cash putting “RESPECT” signs on Cambridge guided busway
cycle/pedestrian path”. Obviously
relevant - but I have not found any Council minutes about this.
Anybody know any more?
When the busway was built, it was stated that National Cycle
Route 51 would be re-routed along the busway. Sure enough, signs soon appeared along the busway with the number 51 on them.
But for the next 3½ years the
old signs remained on the route through Fenstanton, Fen Drayton, Swavesey,
Longstanton, Oakington, Girton. A few
weeks ago these were finally changed to local cycle route 24:
A new sign has been put up at Swavesey bus-stop by the
Swavesey Meridian Magazine, showing a map of the village, and some places of
I recently found this busy signpost 2/3 of the way through the "public footpath" connecting Trumpington to the busway through the allotments:
The top sign clearly says "Public Footpath". But the bottom one shows cyclists and pedestrians equally and points ahead to the busway (and cycle racks at the bus stop). Are cyclists allowed to ride on this one?