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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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See also a full list of photos in this area.

Somebody didn't use a spell checker... (Also, sign for info.) Edit to add: Spelling now corrected and the date changed to 29th Oct.

For anyone unaware, the grubbier looking paving slabs to the left indicate how wide this passage way to M&S used to be. It looks brilliant now.

Ofo bikes

More recently the county has painted a left-turn arrow in the left-turn lane, and it looks like they are adding ASLs to the junction. This is still, however, a terribly dangerous junction design because it tells people cycling that they ... [more]

It gets put away once the contractors doing the road works have finished for the day which seems odd, but otherwise A Good Thing to see. (Some punctuation would be helpful too.)

Signs for temporary closure of Regent Terrace for building work when approaching from the city centre

Signs for temporary closure of Regent Terrace when approaching from city centre.

Uneven ground where temporary footpath rejoins Regent Terrace just north of closure due to building works.

Temporary footpath alongside Regent Terrace, where it is closed during the day for building works.

Temporary road closure of Regent Terrace

Regent Terrace closed during day due to building works

Regent Terrace closed during day due to building works

In the distance, building works have closed Regent Terrace. See later photos for closer views

Solar light on cycle/footpath. A slightly different technique to the style used on Lammas Land. Easy to walk up to this point via Storey's Way but you can’t [for now] walk or cycle into Eddington directly from here. You need to go round t ... [more]

Good new Toucan crossing providing a direct route from Newnham via the fens to the station and various private schools - but it's a shame that the crossings at either end of Bateman St both have ridiculously long wait times for pedestrians/ ... [more]

Narrow footpath with worn and uneven surface. Should any building work occur on the Anglia Water site, perhaps they might be persuaded to improve this?

Bike hangars appearing in Cambridge

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

There are still lots of hoardings up along and across the shared-use paths around the Eddington site

There's a lot of cycle parking near the University of Cambridge Primary School (Eddington), and a big covered area too.

Cambridge to Eddington cycleway known as Ridgeway.

Cambridge / Eddington cycleway known as Ridgeway.

Racks at a supermarket

Madingley Road park n ride site has very well used cycle parking

Less bike than #94248 a few days later.

Cycle path on Fen Road in Cambridge this afternoon. https://t.co/4LWmrR0GME

A new iteration of Cambridge's Station Square, presumably trying to make it work properly.

A new iteration of Cambridge's Station Square, presumably trying to make it work properly.

Rather than fix this pothole Cambridgeshire Council just painted a double yellow line through it.

Ridgeway

I think the bus stop here is designed to hold up traffic by being only one lane wide, in an attempt to prevent this new development from becoming a 'rat-run'.

Wheelbender racks outside The Portland Arms. Not a happy sight.

Wonder if this damage is caused by lorries driving over it? It wasn't that long ago this kerb got repaired. See #86449

Kenzies coach driver parks up illegally in Hills Road cyclelane whilst getting coffee. An increasingly popular stopping place. @LibralLady https://t.co/crxyXmwxRo

Hills Road cycleway northbound. The footway which was previously shared-use is now marked with a pedestrian symbol.

The long missing bit of the Hills Road northbound cycleway has finally been filled.

New bus stop bypass on Hills Road Cambridge, complete with step free crossing.

Great to see quality cycle parking replacing a few car storage spaces at Cambridge Assessment.

The wheel still attached to the lamppost, the bike frame upturned on the handlebars and rear wheel missing. I'd guess that this is a classic case of theft of bike parts. A few days later: #94340.

Milton Road Primary School cycle parking - not enough

Milton Road Primary School entrance

Low-quality, indirect cycle path, taking away pedestrian space

Pavement turned into low-quality cycle track

Camcycle AGM 2016 - Brian Deegan speaking

Camcycle AGM 2016 - new cards being sold

Camcycle AGM 2016

Extremely poor and unsafe environment for cycling - yet plenty of road space available

Temporary closure of a lane - yet people seem to be coping. Shows that lane reduction, to create more space to make cycling and walking safer, is possible. See also #94172.

Temporary closure of a lane - yet people seem to be coping. Shows that lane reduction, to create more space to make cycling and walking safer, is possible. See also #94173.

This traffic calming, which was not consulted on, is hazardous for cyclists as it causes a squeeze, despite the addition of painted cycle lanes

Merge back into the road - properly done

Useful cut-through from Madingley Road

Recently-improved route, but still shared-use

Lack of priority at sideroads on this scheme

Recently-improved route, but still shared-use

Lack of priority at sideroads on this scheme

Mill Road collision remedial scheme, August 2009 (Editor's note: subsequently not carried out)

Talk given by Ofo UK to Camcycle's monthly meeting

Temporary cycle parking used for an event

New cycle parking being installed

It's crying out for a permanent sign.

A Cycle Point sign (on what would the fascia board, for example) would still be a good idea here. A permanent one. (Plus sign posts.)

Martin with Councillor Robertson observing problems with the new station area layout

Careless cycle parking causing blockages for walkers

Careless cycle parking causing blockages for walkers

Sign discouraging informal cycle parking (which is a sign of failure to provide it properly)

Launch ride for Tour de France in Cambridge

Michael being interviewed at launch event for Tour de France in Cambridge

Launch event for Tour de France in Cambridge

Jim being interviewed at launch event for Tour de France in Cambridge

Launch event for Tour de France in Cambridge

Pathetic attempt at this new development to create a hybrid cycle lane, but cars parking in it, unsurprisingly as cyclists don't use the flawed facility as there is a lack of priority at sideroads

Rubbish shared-use crossing at new development

Pathetic attempt at this new development to create a hybrid cycle lane, but cars parking in it, unsurprisingly as cyclists don't use the flawed facility as there is a lack of priority at sideroads

Atrocious pig-pen style pedestrian/cycle crossing arrangement

Poor junction created at a new development

Failure to provide proper cycle parking at this new development

Pathetic attempt at this new development to create a hybrid cycle lane - loses priority at the sideroad

Pathetic attempt at this new development to create a hybrid cycle lane, but cars parking in it, unsurprisingly as cyclists don't use the flawed facility as there is a lack of priority at sideroads

Pathetic attempt at this new development to create a hybrid cycle lane - loses priority at the sideroad

Pathetic attempt at this new development to create a hybrid cycle lane - loses priority at the sideroad

Pathetic attempt at this new development to create a hybrid cycle lane - loses priority at the sideroad

London to Cambridge ride - end

London to Cambridge ride - end

New shared-use at Cambridge North station

Bicycle users trying out new cycleway offering best-practice on route to Cambridge North station

New, wide path to Cambridge North station

Cut-through needed here to access Cowley Road

New, wide path to Cambridge North station with gated access to business park

New, wide path to Cambridge North station

New, wide path to Cambridge North station

New, wide path to Cambridge North station

New cycle route to Cambridge North station

New turning area at Cambridge North station

New cycle route to Cambridge North station

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