Business Improvement District (BID) proposal

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Added by Michael Cahn

Proposal for a Business Improvement District which would replace (?) "Love Cambridge". http://www.cbbid.co.uk/

Proposal is all about safety, cleanliness, city ambassadors, ultimately revenue

Beverly Carpenter from millroadsociety.org has a very spirited and serious response in the local paper

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Bidding-to-make-the-most-from-city-12092012.htm (does not include the "threat to diversity" argument present in the print version)

She calls it an attempt to privatise public space, privatise policing, (BID's don't honor Freedom of information requests) and turning the city centre into a shopping centre

I have seen these BIDs working in other places: ambassadors whizzing around on strange wheeled things, trying to enforce "no cycling" rules, but also a large budget which funded an annual festival.

The proposal has no language about car parking this is a topic that needs to be very closely watched from the bicycle saddle.

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