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Cycling in Cambridge

Cambridge has the highest levels of cycling in the UK, with about 25% of commuter journeys and an estimated 20% of journeys in general.

Cambridge was awarded Cycling Demonstration Town status in 2008 and that led to £5 million investment in cycling over a 3 year period.

There are many good quality facilities for cyclists and walkers, e.g. the many specialised bridges which create shortcuts to many areas. But there are also many problems remaining, and a legacy of car-orientated streets.

The main group campaigning for cycling in the area is Cambridge Cycling Campaign, the largest group outside London.

Two of their members are the creators of CycleStreets, and the system is based on the journey planner and photomap which was launched in June 2006 on Cambridge Cycling Campaign's website.

CTC Cambridge organize regular rides in the area.

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Latest photos of the area

See also a full list of photos in this area.

Exctinction Rebellion critical mass ride

King Street

King Street

One of many very poorly secured racks at the Cambridge railway station CyclePoint.

abandoned unused and unusable locked bikes block access to this Sheffield bike stand

Vital footway space taken by bikes and cars.

I applaud the Newnham Bakery taking over a parking space for cycle parking, but I wish they'd installed stands which actually support bikes - it's not that well used as a result.

Display of bikes by Mike Burrows and others at the Cambridge Museum of Technology for the Exploring the Science and Technology of Cycling day in the Cambridge Festival of Cycling.

Parking on the railings and substitute Camcycle stall bike at the Cambridge Museum of Technology for the Exploring the Science and Technology of Cycling day in the Cambridge Festival of Cycling.

Reasonably well signed roadworks on Station Road, Cambridge

The new northbound segregated cycleway along Green End Road starts at this mini-roundabout.

New segregated cycleway on Green End Road - the slight narrowings at the zebras are a bit annoying.

There's a telecoms van beyond the End of Road Works sign, but no reason for this stretch of cycle lane to be closed.

Good practice - but it was hard to see why the cycle lane had to be closed.

Construction site for the Abbey-Chesterton bridge on the Chisholm Trail (and a train from Cambridge North to London)

Just opened - the remaining part of the GCP Cross City Cycling Scheme for Arbury Road that was planned a few years ago.

A brand new Zebra on Arbury Road.

Queen’s Road, Cambridge

Bike racks replacing what was car parking space. That'll do.

Lensfield Road is always in terrible condition.

Two stands outside the butchers shop and temporary stands in the road.

Mill Road bridge may be open again, but the gas work continues. If the delivery van wasn't there bikes would only have to be wheeled a short distance.

Optimistic sign saying that these new cycle stands are not for the use of rail travellers. I'm afraid that train has already departed...

The stands at the front of the building are finally in use, but not these ones on the side.

Unusual - someone has spotted their stolen bike and put a lock on it with a message for whoever has been using it to remove their lock.

Last evening of the Romsey Parklet on Mill Road, Cambridge.

An Extinction Rebellion critical mass style ride.

An Extinction Rebellion critical mass style ride assembling at Reality Checkpoint.

Chisholm Trail route under construction between Newmarket Road and Ditton Meadows.

Ditton Meadows - this route is closed for construction of the bridge.

Footbridge on Ditton Meadows. The gravel recently added here helps access a little.

Gravel has been added to both sides of this footbridge which makes access a little easier.

This route across the railway footbridge remains open, but is briefly closed to allow heavy plant and other construction vehicles to cross.

Photo taken thru the Heras fencing - the jetty surface and railing have been removed.

Jetty route now closed.

Footbridge over a stream on Ditton Meadows.

Street party in Romsey for Mill Road Summer

Steep steps with a channel for wheeling bikes on the bridge linking Ditton Meadows and Stourbridge Common.

Approach to the railway footbridge linking Ditton Meadows with Stourbridge Common.

Ditton Meadows

Footbridge over a stream on Ditton Meadows.

Tree trunk on Ditton Meadows where work begins today until summer 2020 for construction of the Abbey - Chesterton foot and cycle bridge.

Bridge over a ditch on Stourbridge Common.

Stourbridge common

Steep footbridge with wheeling channel for bikes.

This jetty overhanging the river under the railway bridge is due to close today until summer 2020 for construction of the Abbey - Chesterton foot and cycle bridge.

This jetty overhanging the river under the railway bridge is due to close today until summer 2020 for construction of the Abbey - Chesterton foot and cycle bridge.

Route due to close today for work to begin installation of the Abbey to Chesterton foot and cycle bridge. #ChisholmTrail

Great to see that the area of Mill Road by the bridge has at last reopened after the fire. Shops much easier to access now. https://t.co/oQD1veOKgw

Last few days of this jetty.

Ten pounds per ‘bike’.

A few racks near main entrance.

Some racks in the shade of a tree.

Advertising bike on Thompson's Lane

The new cycle parking on Station Road is finally in use and the 'security' guards have been sent elsewhere.

The start of the contraflow lane on St Barnabas Road is blocked, but I'm sure most cyclists are ignoring the No Right Turns sign.

Predictably, there's no indication that Mill Road might be open for cycling - the usually motor vehicle-obsessed thinking.

There's a reasonable amount of cycle parking inside Darwin College

Now open - the east-west Addenbrooke's-Trumpington cycleway

Now open - the east-west Addenbrooke's-Trumpington cycleway

Now open - the east-west Addenbrooke's-Trumpington cycleway

See #108546 - let's hope the tree roots have been properly dealt with rather than just given a fresh layer of asphalt to lift.

Sometimes you just have to give way to bigger traffic Stourbridge Common

The Romsey Parklet Visit Romsey's new public space. Bring a picnic, buy some food, just sit and think. It's on Mill Road, it's free and it's yours! https://twitter.com/TParklet

This cargo bike is used by staff at the David Parr House visitor centre (184 Gwydir Street) when performing "outreach" and promotional work. https://davidparrhouse.org

Riverside Cambridge Museum of Technology

King's Parade

Which would you choose? Sheffield stand or two tier racks It is a unanimous vote for Sheffield stands. Much more popular. Cycle parking in the basement of 50/60 Station Road.

The café/pub at the Museum of Technology on Riverside, Cambridge is a great place to watch endless people on bikes passing by. Katrina counted 100 in five minutes and sixteen seconds.

Cambridge Central Mosque

Green End Road opening ceremonial ride

Green End Road opening ceremony, a happy straggler.

Mill Road Summer evening July 4th

Green End Road, Cambridge

Bus stop bypass on Green End Road, Cambridge

Another example of the poor cycle infra in the Newmarket Road retail park. The driver just pulls up and stops (without indicating to traffic behind) in the cyclelane and the passenger opens the door straight away. This, combined with https ... [more]

New, very poor cycle infra in the retail park. Note "Cyclists use cyclelane only" is advisory so will confuse a lot of people. And it's a very bad place to ride, as shown by people walking in it. Just 10 metres earlier, this happened: https ... [more]

New cycle lanes are currently being laid on @CamSciencePark. It’s a lovely day so let’s take a look. https://t.co/4DNgT2eLdv Follow the link above for series of tweets explaining how a dreadful cycleway has been built by avoiding con ... [more]

Dooring zone markings on the newly resurfaced Station Road, Cambridge - cyclists are entitled to keep well to the right.

Taxi driver bullying through. Can clearly see me before coming onto my side of the road. Keeps on coming. Then mansplains to me to be patient and give way to him. On my side of the road. Yes, right. That'd fail your driving test. https://t. ... [more]

Some ancient infra that looks like it's close to collapse in parts. Needs removal as it's no longer compatible with current cycle sizes (cargo bikes can't pass each other here).

This route is used by hundreds of people every day. The estate to the left has maybe a dozen houses. Why is the priority the wrong way round?

Very narrow access. Blocks most cargo bikes on a main school access route (that's the school ahead on the right with a gate access about 100m ahead on THIS PATH).

Cycle contraflow

Parking on pavements and the cycle lane at the new Travelodge. See also #108783. Credit: RL

Parking on pavements and the cycle lane at the new Travelodge. See also #108784. Credit: RL

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, central section. Fence protects rock cages supporting difference in levels of up to about 1.5m. This would need to be stabilised before the path could be widened about 1.5m to boundary fenc ... [more]

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, northern section. Verge and gravel infill by cyclepath - no problem to increase path width!

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, northern section. Fence protects rock cages as ground falls away from the path level (to a maximum of about 1.5m. Widening cyclepath at this point would require stabilisation of this wall.

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, southern section. About 1.5m space available to increase width of cycleway to boundary fence.

Busway cyclepath looking north from corner of Clare College sports ground and along University Press frontage. Plenty of room to widen cycleway.

Busway cyclepath by Clare College sports ground. Almost 1m from edge of path to fence. Could bee used to widen cyclepath if lighting pillars moved.

Busway cyclepath looking north at the corner of Clare College sports ground. A culvert inhibits easy widening of the cyclepath at this point.

Busway north of Long Road underpass. With moving of light pillars and cutting of hedge at least 1.5m could be added to width of busway path.

Busway cyclepath, Long Road underpass, looking south. Path should be re-aligned to improve sight lines through tunnel and junction with access from Long Road by moving away from busway track.

Trumpington cycleway at Long Road underpass. To improve sight wys and prepare for re-opening of southern access from Long Road the line of the path should be moved away from the busway to permit sighting through the tunnel on approach.

Trumpington busway where a culvert narrows options for widening cycle-path at this point.

Trumpington Busway crossing Hobson Avenue. Electrical switchboxes on the edge of the cycle-path would require a lot of work to move for path widening.

Trumpington busway behind Fostar Road looking NE. A short section wheree the graded margin slopes down to the path. Could be dug back and stabilised with rock-cages and light pillars moved to add width.

Trumpington busway looking NE under Shelford Road Bridge. With removal of lighting pillar 1m could be added to the width of the path, even under the bridge.

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