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> Jim Chisholm wrote:
> > Cambridge Cycling Campaign has had reports from numbers of people who
> > have had crashes on this route.
> > I counted over 140 cyclists and pedestrian at the junction between
> > Addenbrooke's and Trumpington in a very dark hour between 16:30 and
> > 17:30
> I wonder how many people observe the general 'on the left' rules,
It's not a road so there aren't any such rules.
> and how many cyclists don't have lights. I'm told by someone who does
> use the northern end out of town that there are indeed some idiots
> cycling along with no lights, wearing dark clothing (and so pretty
> much invisible with no street lights) and apparently making very
> little attempt to avoid those who are visible.
I suppose the problem is that this is not a road so in fact there is no
legal requirement to have lights or to keep to the left.
The route is used by dog walkers and joggers as well as cyclists so
again not all the pedestrians/joggers and their dogs are dressed in
reflective clothing or fitted with lights.
> I don't know about the pedestrians, although they are probably more
> aware and more likely to be hurt in collisions and so possibly keep a
> better lookout.
The other evening I decided I needed some exercise so rode out from
north Cambridge to St Ives and then back again (about an hour in each
direction [1,2]. Although it was very dark (except near the major road
crossings) and I only had my standard cateye HL-220 LED front lights
, I managed to keep up an average speed of about 20km/h (12.5mph)
which included stopping at the junctions. However I've got reasonably
good night vision and also as a caver and mountaineer I'm used to
wandering around in tricky and dangerous locations with less than
Along the way I encountered a number of joggers and dog walkers, only
some of which were wearing bright clothing or carrying a light. The
worst hazards were those dogs off of a lead, and one jogger without
lights or bright clothing was also accompanied by a dog off of the lead.
This was on the north section between Fen Drayton lakes and St Ives. Of
the cyclists I encountered, all of those on the sections between St Ives
and Histon were using lights, and many had very powerful lights. One
cyclist I rode along with for a while said that he regularly used the
route for a daily commute between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
There are certainly hazards on the route including for some sections
drop-offs of more than a foot on one side and also low unmarked bollards
at the by-way crossings. Having ridden the route several times in
daylight I was aware that these hazards existed so was prepared for
them. The numbers of users were greatest at the southern end of my route
i.e. between Histon and Cambridge.
One comment I could make is that all the Guided Bus drivers I
encountered were courteous enough to dip their lights as they approached
me and I thus didn't find myself too inconvenienced by their lights.
My view is that at a minimum the bollards ought to be well marked with
reflective markers of some kind. White paint to indicate the edge of the
track might also be useful.
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