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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 organise regular rides in the area.

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Returning to the city centre on the Camcycle picnic ride 2021.

Dr. Bike event

Camcycle picnic ride 2021.

New brook alignment is open to the river, as far as the culvert at the south end of the bridge ramp

North bridge ramp looks about ready for tarmac

Deep excavation for Trail north of Newmarket Road underpass

Compound on Common next to Newmarket Road part-cleared

Well that's one way to block the new path to the bridge into the cafe site. Very untidy.

Temporary tarmac present for foot/cycle path, and machinery access 'paving' absent, north of brook crossing

Need to add pedestrian gate etc next to new cattlegrid north of the railway underpass

Looks like they are not planning to install a second cattlegrid south of the railway underpass

#CamRideHome at the redeveloped Robin Hood junction discussing the changes. Overall conclusion: a slight improvement for cycling over what was there previously. Main improvement is the High Street approach has been reduced to one lane.

#CamRideHome at Birdwood Road

Permanent closure from 13 October 2021.

Work in several areas of the south underpass compound is concentrated on drainage

Excavating for Trail foundations at north approach to underpass

Survey work in progress on Trail river bridge north ramp

Pony and trap on Mill Road.

A delivery to the premises on Midsummer Common temporarily blocks the path.

The windscreen wipers on many of the motor vehicles on this side of the street have been lifted up.

The windscreen wipers on many of the motor vehicles on this side of the street have been lifted up.

Paramedic bicycles in use at Chariots of Fire 2021

The cycle parking at this walk-in testing centre is the fence.

EDMUND DE WAAL art submerged beneath the ground at the Alison Richard building, University of Cambridge http://arbart.crassh.cam.ac.uk/dewaal/

EDMUND DE WAAL art submerged beneath the ground at the Alison Richard building, University of Cambridge http://arbart.crassh.cam.ac.uk/dewaal/

Cycle themed bar at The Orator, at the Cambridge Union.

White lines etc done, but still some work to do on a now-smaller patch including the central island

Not clear why the cycle lane is still obstructed by one bollard/barrier pair.

The section of bridge ramp that for so long looked unfinished appears to be the site of feature 'green wall' planting

There's enough water in the supposedly dry brook to need pumping out for work to proceed

Between the fences, area that was compound now (in theory) recovering common. Beyond the second fence, Trail alignment and realigned brook.

Impossible to be sure, but could be preparation for surfacing at this Trail junction

Foreshortened by telephoto lens, but giving an idea of the generous width of the bridge. Something (handrail?) was in progress.

This section is still more 'haul road' than 'Trail' - but patches of vegetation, and the flood compensation dip, have progressed.

South bridge ramp looks nearly ready for surfacing

The digger is busy where there should be a section of the brook south of the culvert near the bottom of the bridge ramp. I was told that the brook would be dug out when the patch in the foreground (ie the Trail) is 'done'. Judging by the ... [more]

Progress continues on Histon Road and the safe 'Cyclops' junction Camcycle campaigned for is nearing completion.

Shared use footway at Newmarket Road / Chisholm Trail crossing now open.

Shared use footway at Newmarket Road / Chisholm Trail crossing now open.

Silly arrangement of 2 bollards, 3 gaps, on link to Fen Road

This will be the pedestrian junction between bridge steps and towpath

This will be the cycle junction between bridge ramp and towpath

New towpath surface is very wide under the railway bridge.

Towpath upgrade finished and open. Interesting choice of radii at the junction with the link to Fen Road - perhaps determined more by land availability than attention to likely traffic patterns and desire lines?

Newly laid asphalt at the Chisholm Trail bridge, Chesterton.

Newly laid asphalt at the Chisholm Trail bridge, Chesterton.

Improved access to Fen Road from the towpath in Chesterton. But as others have pointed out (see #173887) the bollard arrangement is problematic. The gaps at the side are too narrow to use safely hence everyone has to go through the middl ... [more]

Much easier access to the towpath at Fen Road than previously.

Towpath asphalt at Chesterton railway bridge.

Racks overflowing with bikes, early September 2021

Margaret Wright community orchard.

The Chisholm Trail towards Ditton Meadows.

The Chisholm Trail underpass at Newmarket Road.

This section of the Chisholm Trail is built on a bed of gravel that is designed both to protect tree roots and the path from the roots causing ridges on the path. Only along a short stretch where trees grow on this side of the brook.

Mill Road bridge, the bus gate marking has been replaced overnight with a 20mph roundel and there’s ahead only at Devonshire Road.

Mill Road bridge, the bus gate marking has been replaced overnight with a 20mph roundel.

There are now lots of these 'big bollards' alongside the path on the north Common. They're about 1.5m high, and generally about 0.2 - 0.3m outside the edge of the path. Some are sensibly located to warn spectators leaving the stadium th ... [more]

A short stretch on the Common adjacent to Newmarket Road appears to be 'finished', but much of the rest past the football ground still awaits the top layer of tarmac

Pavements on both sides of Newmarket Road have been marked up, and are being prepared, for resurfacing.

Posts have been set to mark the alignment of the Trail at Barnwell Meadow

The bollards and gateposts have gone from the link to Fen Road, and so has part of the closure fence. The walking talking diversion notice was getting plenty to do.

Compacting and rolling under way on the towpath, but it's still the base layer: no sign yet of tarmac.

Nearly all of the recently-unridable loose chippings section is now fenced-off 'work in progress', together with the short stretch east of the cattle grids.

Cambridge Assessment has good cycle parking, but they are obsessed with making cyclists dismount and segregating them from people without bikes.

Cycle parking needed at entrance to Coleridge Rec

Reasonable splay at new junction beside football stadium

Base layer of tarmac, but not final surface, completed alongside football stadium

Open, but unfinished

Open, but unfinished

Open, but unfinished

Open, but I think unfinished: looks like there's another layer of surfacing still to come.

The towpath past rail and Trail bridges, and its link to Fen Road, are open.

New Co-op opens with no cycle parking, yet plenty of space for various pavement-blocking paraphernalia

South end of presently-closed section is not ready for tarmac: must wait for adjustments to line and level when the new bridge over the brook is installed.

Base layer rolled and ready for tarmac on widened path alongside football stadium

Base layer rolled and ready for tarmac on widened path alongside football stadium

Better progress on backfill over utilities on south side of Newmarket Road

Link between towpath and Fen Road looks like it will be a decent width

Progress on realignment of the brook

Beginning to widen the section between brook crossing and football stadium

Perhaps this time the backfill over the utilities will be able to stay in place

Evidence of the shape of the junction between bridge and widened towpath

Progress on the realignment of the brook alongside the bridge ramp

The intermediate link between towpath and Fen Road is closed

Second phase of towpath closure is under way

No footway left 😒

These double tier racks have gas springs to help lift the bike but are hard to press down. Lower racks are unusable, safely because of the risk of banging your head on the upper part.

No sign here of a walking or cycling route to Cambridge North.

Defining the outer edge for the improved towpath near the railway bridge

Towpath back-filled, and edge board set, over new rainwater drain from the bridge

This is unexpected: a deep layer of chippings, with nothing binding them, from Newmarket Road to the diversion past the football ground. The least cycle-friendly surface I've experienced in a long time, with a distinct desire line already ... [more]

Hope they know that the sections of the machinery-access bridge are not joined together ... ...

With the section of pipe removed, the true size of the brook is more apparent.

Another useless attempt to stop oversize vehicles from slamming into the railway bridge. It’s aimed at preventing a bridge strike as seen in #154713 but is doomed to being as useless as the bells were in #54344. If you don’t belie ... [more]

'Bridge' element of culvert has been demolished

Vegetation cleared back from the edges, and surface broken up, on path alongside football stadium

Vegetation cleared back from the edges, and surface broken up, on path alongside football stadium

Gas pipe installed, but I think not yet connected. Some other utilities not in great shape.

A patch of tarmac replaces the unsatisfactory yellow plastic kerb ramp. Still not really wide enough for a trike, but at least this one won't move.

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