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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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An ofo bike user finds an ill-defined cycle route through the Cambridge station area.

An ofo bike user finds an ill-defined cycle route through the Cambridge station area.

An ofo bike user at Cambridge station - has entered this shared space area from the dropped kerb at right.

A campaigner marking the success of an #absoluteBollards campaign to get rid of the shin-gougers which are now in the down position within those diamonds. There's a new taller bollard in place. Hmm, I think the diamonds need removing now ... [more]

ycleway linking Cambridge North station with Milton Road. The cycleway is 2.8 metres wide and the footway 2.0 metres. (There are seven and five lots of 40x40cm corduroy slabs spanning the whole width.)

Cycleway linking Cambridge North station area and Milton Road.

Cambridge North station - guided busway turnaround.

Cyclists exiting Cambridge North station area along the shared footway around the perimeter of the roundabout.

Lots of people have made a special visit to Cambridge North station just to explore it. This photo exposes the desire line from the station cycle parking area - but the intention is that cyclists should ride on the raised kerb foot/cycleway ... [more]

The approach to Cambridge North station from the end of Moss Bank.

Cycle and pedestrian signage on the approach to Cambridge North station from Moss Bank.

An inconsiderately-placed sign ON the cycle path at Gonville Place. A cyclist approaching from Gresham Road had no warning that the cycle route was blocked by a sign (albeit temporary). But surely whoever put it up realised it was blocking ... [more]

An inconsiderately-placed sign ON the cycle path at Gonville Place. A cyclist approaching from Gresham Road had no warning that the cycle route was blocked by a sign (albeit temporary). But surely whoever put it up realised it was blocking ... [more]

Cracked and blood spattered helmet after I was crashed into from behind by a car while cycling along Chesterton Road.

CSH off Westminster Bridge

Van in cycleway, a common problem here.

Robin Lovelace introducing the Propensity to Cycle Tool to Camcycle's April 2017 meeting

Downing Place - lorries delivering on the pavement at the Regal. No wonder the pavement and road are so cracked here and subject to much resurfacing over the years.

Howard Mallett Centre, Petersfield

Bus stop bypass under construction

Gonville Place temporarily reverts in practice to two-way operation, as it used to be 15 years ago. People seemed to cope. Can it stay this way, to provide Space for Cycling?

Gonville Place temporary reverts in practice to two-way operation, as it used to be 15 years ago. People seemed to cope. Can it stay this way, to provide Space for Cycling?

New pub, The Petersfield, opens with expanded floor space but no cycle parking, and, sure as night follows day, No Cycles signs appear from householders (not unreasonably) wanting to protect their brickwork

Ditton Meadows railway bridge, from the other side :)

Taxis parking at the entrance to the cycle park

Amusing safer stickers

Thoroughly unsafe area which could be fixed by getting rid of this unjustifiable car parking. Would make space for a proper segregated cycle track.

Thoroughly unsafe area which could be fixed by getting rid of this unjustifiable car parking. Would make space for a proper segregated cycle track.

Downing College: you can drive but you can't cycle. Ridiculous.

Shared-use pavement.

Caution: ducks on cycle path

New cycle parking at new development

Dingy underpass. Would be best to have a proper controlled crossing to favour walking and cycling over motor vehicles.

Nice mural in this otherwise dingy underpass

Thoroughly unpleasant public realm on a Saturday afternoon on Mill Road due to the dominance of car traffic. Isn't it about time there was a regular closure?

Thoroughly unpleasant public realm on a Saturday afternoon on Mill Road due to the dominance of car traffic. Isn't it about time there was a regular closure?

Unpleasant and dangerous road environment which students and others are expected to tackle

At long last, yellow lines covering the full length to stop opportunist freebie parking.

ASL in resurfaced street

Naked streets - no lines or markings just after resurfacing

Sign warning against rat running through Addenbrooke's

Yet another example of dangerous illegal parking in the contraflow cycle lane in Mawson Road

Brace yourself people. This is St Andrew's Street opposite John Lewis. Obviously they haven't finished yet (I don't know what that mesh is underneath the tarmac) but it's looking good here.

New tree storage spaces on Ross Street

Obstacles removed - the short fence stopping people rushing from the path onto Fen Causeway (and impeding cycling on the shared-use footway) has been removed on both sides of the road.

Van in cycleway

Taxi NA13GKK using the Water Lane cycle route. What is wrong with these people?

Like Regent Street, this road has been badly in need of resurfacing for a long time now.

Awful surface and markings on cycleway

Excellent news! The surface to the right has been dangerously broken up for quite a while.

Recce for @ReachRide with @camcycle

We're cleaning up a smashed bottle on Ditton Meadows. Doing our best to prevent punctures on the #Reachride

An ancient, tight and decrepit set of bollards on the path by 35 Gough Way through to Barton Road.It is just possible, though nerve-wracking, to cycle through the adjacent gap without stopping.

Using a couple of planks of wood each 1.5 metres long to illustrate a request for double-yellow lines instead of the car parking bay abutting against the cycle parking. This is to ease access to our front doors. The rest of the car parking ... [more]

Using a couple of planks of wood each 1.5 metres long to illustrate a request for double-yellow lines instead of the car parking bay abutting against the cycle parking. This is to ease access to our front doors. The rest of the car parking ... [more]

This has happened in the last couple of hours I think.

ofo representatives, not doing anything much to tell people about their bike-sharing scheme.

Well, well... the morning after I posted #89287 asking where the north-south cycle route was, a section of kerb was being removed to instal a dropped kerb (presumably).

Garret Hostel Lane

Garret Hostel Bridge A rare shared use path with enough width to cycle comfortably. If the Cambridge News is to be believed the County want to stop allowing people to cycle on it over fears that a tourist will get bumped into the river

New cycle racks in Ross Street. I note there are double yellow lines marked outside the bay.

Some cycle parking at the entrance to this new development

Cycle parking still absent here at this new commercial premises on the ground floor. Was it required and not yet installed, or did the Council forget to require it?

Grafton Centre entrance under re-construction.

Space for queueing taxis on Station Road should be space for cycling - space here for a proper segregated cycleway

Nando's have their cycle parking in their company design

Ofo bike ticketed for not being left in an cycle official parking place at the station

Only dropped kerb by the station, and not in the right place for heading north/south

No dropped (flush) kerb in the desire line for cycling to the cycle park

Misleadingly implies bikes not permitted

This was parked, not unloading as it went over the 40 minute grace period. Even unloading in a cyclelane is illegal.

Cambridge's Station Square is now more or less open, but some people still can't find the cycle parking.

Where's the cycle route? Cambridge's Station Square is more or less open but there's no indication where the north-south route is meant to be.

Ofo bike at Cambridge station square with front and rear lights. The front light is bolted to the fork and the rear was clamped around the seat post (and was loose).

The road is crumbling simultaneously around all the ironwork on Regent St - there's a whole succession of them like this.

There's been some patching at the top of Grantchester St - I doubt if it'll last long.

Stealth bollard at the end of Cheney Way. With #bonuscat. #absolutebollards @camcycle https://t.co/RtGFkQzTCH

That's a primary school in the background, but local kids still need to go round the front of the school onto the much busier Arbury Rd, and if they do cycle this way they are faced with pointless chicanes. Also a problem for people in whee ... [more]

I'm sure the cycle sign is new - but I have no idea what it's meant to mean - there's no cycle lane or real cycle route here.

Pemberton Terrace has had some patching-up - but nearby Coronation Street, which is in far worse shape, has not been touched.

Strange cycle stands at ARU's new Young Street campus.

Good practice where a new cycleway is being built.

The new signs at Cambridge station do recognise that bikes are permitted here.

It looks as if the message is getting through at last - park in the new Cycle Point, not here.

@camcycle Not quite bollards but obstructive... and what are those signs telling the cyclist? #absolutebollards https://t.co/Bs1BVVJ5H4

Floating bus stop on Green End Road is open!

Bollard up after long period of being down/missing #absolutebollards

Not really dangerous just useless. Outside St. Andrew's @camcycle #absolutebollards https://t.co/U5D4OynHUX

@camcycle Similar ones on Fen road. The one on the left is particularly pointless. #absolutebollards https://t.co/uQQGtVebJL

This is how Cambridge University 'welcomes' cycling. https://t.co/qIMKzcpXyA

Only one bollard is necessary to prevent vehicle access here. This would create less conflict, as cycles and wheelchairs etc could pass simultaneously each side of the bollard.

Pool bikes at Cambridge Conservation Institute

Lots of double-deck cycle parking at the David Attenborough Buidling, Cambridge - open public parking and a covered locked area

Lots of double-deck cycle parking at the David Attenborough Buidling, Cambridge - open public parking and a covered locked area

Construction of cycle crossing to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cycle Lane Closed for construction of decent cycle access to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Outdoor seating obstructing the only possible cycle route across Station Square that doesn't directly conflict with taxis, drop-off cars and people on foot.

It's surprising that the daylight-only cycle route across St John's College playing fields has never been documented.

It's surprising that the daylight-only cycle route across St John's College playing fields has never been documented.

It's surprising that the daylight-only cycle route across St John's College playing fields has never been documented.

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