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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.

Urgent need for more racks in Romsey.

Budleigh Close

Plans afoot to remove abandoned bikes like those at #102763.

This sign sums up how CyclePoint is supposed to work.

CyclePoint I turned these bikes upside down about a month ago because I'd noticed they'd been missing wheels on a few previous visits. They're still there! But there are plans to clean them out according to signs that are on the next pho ... [more]

Non highways compliant signs near a private school.

St Faith’s is a school. If they want to introduce a one-way system they should apply to Cambridgeshire Highway Authority and that will be considered by the democratic process.

Interesting article from 1997 from the Cambridge Evening News about the closure of Bridge Street. The headline is 'Road Closure less chaotic than feared.'

Collier Road - with a contraflow cycle marking

Guest Road - two way for cycling and great to see that the whole width of the southbound lane has been used.

Willis Road - the one way arrow in the distance on the left verifies that this road is still a one way street, with no contraflow for cycling.

Collier Road - two-way for cycling.

Covered cycle parking at a school.

Cycle parking for a work-out area near Abbey swimming pool.

Racks outside the coop to be removed.

Football rules were established here in 1848.

Reality Checkpoint now with door.

Buses and taxis were queuing along Emmanuel Road. But we don't need to do anything about congestion in Cambridge...

Emergency gas roadworks closing one lane but maintaining full access to the cycle track.

Cycle route over the cattle grids

Racks at Jesus College boat club

Wheelbenders at Trinity boat house

Bollards at the entrance to this useful route. Sign says: 🚶Busway ⅓ 🚲Addenbrooke's 1 (great to see the apostrophe) 🛤Station 2

Bollard prevents motor vehicles abusing the bus and cycle lane.

Shelford Road

Shelford Road

Central cycle lane.

Cambridge Road changes to Shelford Road.

Evidence of unsatisfactory cycle parking on the Addenbrooke’s site.

Cargo bike mentions Reach Fair on the side

Rounded A racks at the Methodist Church.

A couple of abandoned bikes on these otherwise excellent racks.

Wall bars on this Methodist church make for good cycle parking.

About an hour after I took the photo #102588 here the poster has been edited, changing shit to chic: Make Romsey Chic again

Anti ‘gentrification’ poster which shows the fading yarn bombed railings on Mill Road bridge with text overlaid: Make Romsey Shit again but see #102589.

A desperate shortage of cycle stands

Chinese tourists boarding a coach - blocking a mandatory cycle lane - outside the reopened University Hotel. Is this going to become more common?

Two apparently dumped bikes that have been there for a few days. Certainly not in safe rideable condition and which have been reported to the city council abandoned bike service.

Two car transporters parked on the cycleway. At least they're not on the footway.

Cycle parking area in the basement of this building down a ramp.

Not enough cycle space in this (car) parking garage

Just two stands at the Chemistry of Health building - if they'd put them at 45 degrees they would easily have had space for more.

Despite the arrow, this is a two-way route

Cycleway through Trumpington Allotments

Sign to Trumpington from the Busway, and covered parking a short distance from the bus stop.

I think the red section of the road indicates car parking - is that right @CambsCops? @camcitco? @CambsCC? Scotland Road. #cycling @camcycle Note: this is actually Green End Road.

New cycle parking apparently only for users of the Islamic Centre across the road. I suspect some drinkers at the Devonshire Arms may also use it.

The sign says that this new cycle parking is only for users of the Islamic Centre across the road.

The clash between the cycleway sign and the end of cycleway sign (#12277) has finally ended - time and rust have done what regular contact with council cycling officers couldn't do.

Nasty new pothole next to the repair done in March (#97265) - couldn't they just fix the whole stretch of road?

Underpass mainly for use by cows, with a gated footway separated by a fence.

Charles Street where double yellow lines have been introduced on one side of the road, and resident parking bays on the other. This is an improved environment now for pedestrians (who have both footways cleared in principle) and cycling. Co ... [more]

Ready for the cargo bike parade - with a mobile beehive and the Camcycle stall bike.

Cargo carnival Lammas Land, Cambridge

The surviving part of the Addenbrooke's-Trumpington path.

Plenty of cycle parking at the Clay Farm Community Centre

Future link to the Clay Farm-Trumpington path

Out-of-the-way cycle parking on this car-focussed development.

Not a lot of cycle parking at the new entry building for Newnham College.

This may be a new segregated link.

Very odd to have a Closed to Through Traffic sign at the closed end of a dead-end road - there's access for bikes, but the road isn't closed to them anyway.

No, Cranmer Road is not closed - this is the only access to a dead-end road, and there's plenty of room for bikes and indeed cars too.

Bollards on St. Mary’s Street

Despite the hot dry summer (or maybe because of it?) these roots are getting worse for cyclists.

Delivery van blocking the mandatory cycle lane.

No Overtaking Cyclists past these roadworks - which were cleared away by 1.30pm on a Friday.

Privatisation of the pavement/footway - no concern for the crowds heading to and from the station.

Gates here too. The spacing of each looks OK but I'm less sure about the width from the wooden bollards either side of the gate in the foreground. See #93346

Guided busway 2 fire engines heading long road. @Cambslive They were attending a cyclist fatality see #102153.

Overgrown footpath, blocked by noses of vehicles breaching the car park boundary.

Bike used to advertise bookshop.

The solar system on a bike wheel, exhibited at Plurabelle books during the Cambridge Festival of Cycling.

Protected footway access to City Council offices and some cycle parking. Most of the other businesses on the industrial estate have no such features.

Covered but wheelbenders staff cycle parking at the bus depot.

This bit of the development only leads to the cycleway and so it appears the speed bump has been specifically put there to slow down cyclists. See #102123.

Hump and wheelbenders First time I've seen these humps, they weren't there at #93924.

Still closed more than a year after a bus crashed into here, see #90792

Sad ofo - reported to @ofosupport The other bike reported to

Intermittent cycle parking PLEASE NOTE (bold capitals, the rest is capitals too but too painful for me to do that to you) The users of this bicycle rack do so at their own risk. The management will not accept liability for accidents, da ... [more]

Cambridge Festival of Cycling display, for the Wheels Through Time exhibition in the Cambridgeshire Collection.

The best kind of people carrier!

Progress on the development of this street corner with the appearance of four more racks, which with the two shown at #101933 make a total of 12 cycle parking spaces.

Unusual wheel holder seemingly fixed to the footway. The groove is a bit too wide and a bit too shallow for a typical cycle wheel, so perhaps this is for some of powered two-wheeler.

Sign related to #101963

Looks like a protected car parking space, procured, somehow, by the local resident's association. It'd be nice if you could do this for cycle parking too...

Work in progress on this corner of Cavendish Road / Mill Road.

Rant at ‘cyclists’ who are ‘blocking’ the ‘entire pavement’ and a request to use racks 300 yards away. The challenge here is to change some of the residents' parking spaces to accommodate cycles.

Rant at ‘cyclists’ who are ‘blocking’ the ‘entire pavement’ and a request to use racks 300 yards away. The challenge here is to change some of the residents' parking spaces to accommodate cycles. See detail of the poster a ... [more]

University Hotel bikes trapped underground.

More lockers have been added since I recorded the dark blue ones in 2016, see #84831.

More lockers have been added since I recorded the dark blue ones in 2016, see #84831.

The Alison Richard building. Same five years earlier #91977.

A Gormley on the Sedgwick site.

Hotel Bikes Brakes needed tightening on these two when I tried them the levers went all the way back against the handlebars. Also there were signs asking people to 'refrain' from attaching their bikes to the nearby railings.

Racks well used by people of all ages as Cambridge United host Exeter City. Result: 0-2. Attendance 3662 of which 241 were away supporters.

Removal of bike parking here - but apparently to be replaced with 12 spaces. These racks originally replaced 3 spaces ... [more]

Dead trees, ivy strewn, collapsing into the Love Lane path. Particularly hazardous at night.

Can a landowner legally threaten to remove a bike on the public highway, locked to their railing?

Racks for the “centre” on the other side of the road - according to the signs.

Grantchester Meadows path. Thistles and nettles growing out of the fence by 1m. These will reach half way across the new narrow shared path, visible in the background. Narrow paths, encroachment by vegetation, these are not new problems. ... [more]

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