Cycling, E-bikes and E-scooters
What’s being done to help cyclists?
The Combined Authority helped to secure a multimillion fund for new improvements to cycle lanes, walkways, roundabouts, and changes to traffic flow to help more people out of their car and walking and cycling.
More segregated cycle lanes and parking, widening footpaths, filtering traffic for buses and bikes, roundabout improvements, temporary speed limits and new one way road systems have been implemented across the region to encourage people to move away from the private car.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has also rolled out e-bikes and e-scooters to the public, offering the potential for fast, clean and inexpensive travel that can help to ease congestion on the roads and transport networks, reduce pollution and allow for social distancing.
What are we doing for e-vehicles?
European e-scooter operator Voi have been appointed on a 12-month trial basis to provide e-bikes and e-scooters in the centre of Cambridge and e-bikes in Peterborough. The vision is for e-bikes to be provided across the region, including in market towns.
Electrically assisted bikes provide a safe and healthy alternative mode of travel to the private car, bus or train which enables the user to practice social distancing while also helping to reduce carbon emissions and improve their fitness at the same time.
E-scooters allow visitors, tourists, students, and commuters to make quick short journeys across town. It is thought that 60% of current car journeys are only 1-2 miles in length and e-scooters and other modes of active travel could help significantly reduce unnecessary reliance on cars for these short journeys.
The partnership between Voi and the Combined Authority will aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 400 tonnes across the region by August 2021. On average, 106 deaths per year in the Greater Cambridge region alone can be attributed to air pollution, with emissions from cars and emissions per capita 50% above the national average in Cambridgeshire.