Consultation: The cycle path

This page forms part of the public consultation which runs until December 14, 2018. We want your ideas so that we can together create a wonderful garden for the Clay Farm community.

Currently (October 2018) the garden is mostly a 'blank canvas'. Its area is outlined in red below. The garden is split by Hobson Avenue running north-south. It will also be split by a cycleway (to be constructed) running east-west following the line of the gas main (solid purple).

In the area between the dashed purple lines ('the easement') planting is limited according to this guidance document.


We believe that the cycle path will have a chicane design at each end to slow cyclists at junction points. Here are some questions about the cycle path:

  • How can the design ensure safety at the Hobson Road crossing?
  • What should the four entrances/exits be like? Designs are being drawn up for arches, watch this space for drawings coming soon.
  • What garden features should there be along the cycle path’s route?
  • Should there be lighting?

What other questions occur to you about the cycle path, and what answers can you offer?

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7 thoughts on “Consultation: The cycle path”

  1. Given the burglaries in the neighbourhood and incidents along the busway cyclecpath and other paths, good visibility (including lighting and no hidden areas – e.g. behind bushes) is essential.
    The cyclists should to be forced to slow down as peatons may be in the garden.

  2. Good visibility is essential without intruding on the nearby houses. Movement lamps on building? Cats eye lighting as a minimum on the bike path.
    The surface should be durable and not liable to flooding or turning to mud in bad weather.
    There should be some kind of measure to slow down cyclists and prevent children running straight into the road when crossing from one side to the other, but to allow enough space for cycles with baggage or Bakfiets to pass through.
    The rest of the enclosure should ensure that footpath users go through the pathway entrances not through any fence/hedging.
    Extra speed retarding on Hobson Road to slow down traffic.
    If it is possible to make slightly winding paths this would slow down potentially speeding cyclists.
    The 4 entrances could be archways to support climbing plants (scented, flowering or colourful leaves).

  3. The perimeter does need to prevent people coming onto the garden from all directions, the pathway and the entrances need to be very clearly the way in and out. So some impressive and beautiful arches with the name of the garden visible would help make this clear.

    Lighting needs to be good enough for cyclists to feel safe and to discourage any anti-social shenanigans but with minimum impact on wildlife. I suspect this is a tricky balance.

    Cyclists should feel that they are in a GARDEN that is primarily for pedestrians and their behaviour should therefore be that of a secondary user. Curved paths and perhaps some raised beds rather than hedging along the route of the path could reinforce this.

  4. I think that the cycle path should be a route that cyclists take if they are not in a hurry, but want to enjoy going through a garden area. It should not be primarily a short cut or ‘rat run’ for someone coming down the path beside the chicken plots aiming for Paragon or Addenbrooke’s.
    If there are bends in the path, and an assumption that pedestrians take precedence, this might mean that cyclists familiar with the options would choose to go down Hobson’s Avenue if they are in a hurry.
    Maybe it shouldn’t be designated as a cycle path, but just a path!

  5. As a regular cyclist I am always pleased to hear about new routes, but share Philippa Slatter’s concern that it may become too popular. Therefore I would prefer narrow and meandering with stony rather than asphalt surfacing so that it is used mainly by locals/people wanting access to the site itself.

  6. I also like the idea of a meandering cycle path which will reduce the ‘rat run’ or the introduction of measures to slow cyclists down (bumps, narrower parts, raised borders).
    There are some low level ‘street lights’ in Clay Farm Drive (by the hedge) which would be effective without causing as much light pollution than the high level street lighting?
    I query the use of stones (although I fully appreciate and understand the sentiment) as this may deter the younger kids using this route? I am perhaps not visualising the stones properly, I suspect there are many different types of stony surface available.

  7. There should be a gate at the busway end of the garden and where the garden crosses Hobson Road. Not sure that one is needed where it joins the allotment area. The cycle path must have a chicane so that cyclists do not travel too speedily through the garden. Raised beds along the cycle path would create a barrier and prevent small children rushing across the cycle way. Low level lighting would be welcome as the area near the busway is very dark. In addition, there will need to be gates across the cycle way to allow access to the building and other parts of the site.

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