Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign)

Spaces to Breathe for cycling and walking

Safe spaces for people to walk, cycle and spend time outside are more important than ever. Your support for Spaces to Breathe will help to open up more space for those travelling on foot, by cycle or with a mobility aid, and reduce congestion and pollution in communities across Cambridgeshire.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1138098)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£15,000

Amount raised

£15,490

Donations

92

    Category

  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities

Location

United Kingdom

  • The environment and general health of the nation would be greatly helped by cycling. This would also positively impact the NHS. Yet people are often scared to cycle due to lack of safety and lack of cycling lanes. More needs to be done.

    — Vikki Beale, British Cycling Breeze representative who helps local women start riding

  • Pre Covid-19, Waterbeach was over-run with traffic at school pick-up and drop-off times. We were despairing of how to protect children and promote more active travel. Though we are eager to return to ‘normal’, we must take every opportunity to improve on the previous situation and change priorities.

    — Tim Gent, governor at Waterbeach Community Primary School

  • With its crucial role in the nation’s economy and knowledge sector, it’s critically important that Cambridge leads the way in maintaining clean air. With evidence emerging that Covid-19 hits regions of high pollution most hard, we must ensure we don’t build up more problems for the future.

    — Henry Gomersall, local business owner

Situation

Physical inactivity contributes to 1 in 6 premature deaths in the UK and air pollution cuts short 40,000 lives each year. There is a global climate emergency to address and a coronavirus pandemic to recover from. Locally, we need to rebuild our economy, strengthen our communities, keep people safe and improve their wellbeing. We need to work together for better lives and a sustainable future for all. Cycling will be a vital part of the solution.

Solution

Camcycle’s Spaces to Breathe campaign has helped local communities turn their ideas for cycling and walking improvements into real-life experiments which provide more space for active travel during the pandemic and cleaner air for those enjoying time outside, improving lives across Cambridgeshire. In 2021, we need to deliver more benefits by campaigning for permanent changes to streetscapes, developing practical solutions to local issues and empowering local groups to transform their own areas.