arrange for the DNA path, south of Addenbrookes, to be made wider and provided with overhead
lighting at night.
A recent serious bicycle collision has highlighted the need for improvements on the DNA path. Partly due to new facilities on this campus, use of the path has increased far beyond its original design objectives. Bicyclists with dim lights or none continue to be a serious hazard at night.
The paved surface is rather narrow (about 4 feet between the path lights, about 6 feet edge to edge). The distance from the edge of the path to the railroad fence is 9 feet and to the field fence is 8 feet, so a total of 17 feet could be added without moving any fences. It would be advisable to make a wider bridge as well. A wider path would allow better separation of pedestrians and bicycles, as well as between traffic going in opposite directions.
Overhead lighting (as on the guided busway path) would allow cyclists to see others at night and avoid collisions; pavement level lighting would not be sufficient. This is particularly important at the sharp turn just before the path reaches the first street in Shelford, which is particularly dark.
As the path is next to an active railway line, it is already not a quiet area for wildlife, and the lighting would only extend a few feet into the large fields on the other east side.
Therefore, we request that the path be widened to the extent possible and provided with overhead lighting, for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.