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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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It's so easy to cycle along and across Mill Road with through traffic removed.

Footway widened a bit on Mill Road, even though there are no people coming in and out of shops here.

Cambridgeshire County Council has closed Mill Road at the railway bridge except to buses, cycles and pedestrians - and then puts up these signs which totally ignore buses, cycles and pedestrians.... And it's not a one-off, they did the sam ... [more]

Cambridgeshire County Council has closed Mill Road at the railway bridge except to buses, cycles and pedestrians - and then puts up these signs which totally ignore buses, cycles and pedestrians.... And it's not a one-off, they did the sa ... [more]

Cambridgeshire County Council has closed Mill Road at the railway bridge except to buses, cycles and pedestrians - and then puts up these signs which totally ignore buses, cycles and pedestrians.... And it's not a one-off, they did the sa ... [more]

Lots of covered cycle parking at the Anne McLaren Building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Awful signage - the street is open. Need to make clear that businesses are open.

Awful signage - the street is open. Need to make clear that businesses are open.

The actual M11 bridge is quite wide, but the shared-use links on either side are riidiculously narrow,

Paved and illuminated route past Holbrook Road allotments

Paved and illuminated route past Holbrook Road allotments

Narrow cut-through to a recreation ground.

Cut-through to Hulatt Road

Cycleways taking shape at the Fendon Road roundabout.

The usual Road Closed sign - and indeed the footway to the left is closed, but access has been provided to the right for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

The usual Road Closed sign - but provision has been made for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

Cockburn Street contraflow signs

The Alma

Racks and Bins taken from the balcony at the back of the former Cambridge Festival Theatre. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_Royal,_Barnwell,_Cambridge

One of those iconic Cambridge photos.

Road Closed (sign blown over) - I'm not sure this is part of the Histon Road roadworks.

Temporary arrangements at the south end of Histon Road and two contractor's vehicles largely blocking the contraflow cycle lane.

There will be roadworks on Histon Road for the next year - as promised there is a contraflow (southbound) cycleway, but all the signs ignore the existence of cyclists.

There will be roadworks on Histon Road for the next year - as promised there is a contraflow (southbound) cycleway, but all the signs ignore the existence of cyclists. And of course some people are allowed to park their vehicles in it.

There will be roadworks on Histon Road for the next year - as promised there is a contraflow (southbound) cycleway, but all the signs ignore the existence of cyclists.

Cycle parking at what is or was a guesthouse.

There will be roadworks on Histon Road for the next year - this road sign wrongly shows that traffic can't turn in to Warwick Road or Gilbert Road.

There will be roadworks on Histon Road for the next year - as promised there is a contraflow (southbound) cycleway, but all the signs ignore the existence of cyclists.

There will be roadworks on Histon Road for the next year - as promised there is a contraflow (southbound) cycleway, but all the signs ignore the existence of cyclists.

There will be roadworks on Histon Road for the next year - as promised there is a contraflow (southbound) cycleway, but all the signs ignore the existence of cyclists.

To the left, unmarked access to Midsummer Common

Cycle parking by the side access to this new development

Access to this new development from Midsummer Common

Access to this new development from Midsummer Common

No Parking - do not block the access from this new development to Midsummer Common

Carriageway-narrowing / footway-widening for social distancing on Mill Road - linked with the closure of the railway bridge.

Carriageway-narrowing / footway-widening for social distancing on Mill Road - linked with the closure of the railway bridge.

Obvious crossing point on Elizabeth Way - but the crossing is just to the left at a much narrower and less important footpath. Move it here!

Route towards St Andrew's church, Chesterton

Route past St Andrew's church, Chesterton

Route past St Andrew's church, Chesterton

Dropped kerb needed.

Carriageway-narrowing / footway-widening on Mill Road bridge - now closed except for buses and cycles.

Carriageway-narrowing / footway-widening on Mill Road bridge - now closed except to buses and cycles.

Carriageway-narrowing / footway-widening for social distancing on Mill Road - linked with the closure of the railway bridge. (And Cycle King bike shop)

Sheffield stands at Chesterton Towers

Carriageway-narrowing / footway-widening for social distancing on Mill Road - linked with the closure of the railway bridge.

Carriageway-narrowing / footway-widening for social distancing on Mill Road - linked with the closure of the railway bridge. (And the Life on a Bike shop)

King's College Cambridge I've never before seen people sitting on the grass in front of this college. Society is breaking down!

Carriageway-narrowing / footway-widening for social distancing on Mill Road - linked with the closure of the railway bridge.

Work on the Coton path. Shouldn't close the path and clear through the West Cambridge site. It's sewer works. Great job for a hot day!

The works have started on the Mill Road bridge bus gate.

Not immediately clear why they've done this now, but this section of Bridge Street is two way for traffic. Might be a surprise for some on bikes.

Brookfields Hospital, Cambridge

The Extinction Rebellion occupation of the Lensfield Road / Hills Road / The Fen Causeway / Trumpington Street double-roundabout during February half-term 2020.

The Extinction Rebellion occupation of the Lensfield Road / Hills Road / The Fen Causeway / Trumpington Street double-roundabout during February half-term 2020.

Babraham Park n Ride

Babraham Park n Ride

Babraham Park n Ride

Magdelene Bridge is one-way for pedestrians post-covid-19 - cyclists beware pedestrians changing sides.

Parkside

Botolph Lane Ground marking, white on red reads: COVID-19 ________ MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE

Bridge Street

Bene’t Street

St Andrew’s Street

St Andrew’s Street

St Andrew’s Street

Bridge Street

People walking into the road in the way of vehicles passing through, to avoid queues from social distancing.

Bad chicane / anti-pedestrian railing forces people into conflicting situation precisely at a blind corner in the path. Really dumb design, forces people to get too close to each other without being able to see each other. Needs to be remov ... [more]

Link from Wolfson Court to the cycle routes past the Centre for Mathematical Sciences

Churchill Road

Churchill Road

Stepped access at the rear of Churchill Cillege - why?

Cyclists Dismount sign and steps (why?) at the rear entry to Churchill College - there is a stepfree route but it's narrow and awkward.

Start of cycle path

Large secure cycle park in Eddington

There are wide hatched areas on both sides of the carriageway that could be used for pop-up cycle lanes, but they wouldn't be very long and the rest of Madingley Road would still be a nightmare so is it worth it?

Warning of closure of this busy section of shared use foot and cycleway.

Contra flow cycling affirmed by this sign, but see #137443.

Graffit on the bridge surface reads: HANDS OFF MILL ROAD and there are 👋 symbols. Reaction to proposals to restrict traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.camcycle.org.uk/blog/2020/06/camcycle-supports-covid-19- ... [more]

Sedgwick Street - the recently refreshed marking and signs here don't make any mention of the contraflow cycling. From the other direction there is a contraflow plate, see #137461 Reported as reference: 341605 at https://highwaysrep ... [more]

Run England arrow on Coldham's Common

Footpath turning right to follow the railway across Coldham's Common - would it be so terrible if it was this a cycle route to the Coldham's Lane roundabout?

Fully lit route across Coldham's Common

Fully lit route across Coldham's Common

Some urgently needed repairs on this major route for key workers to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Link from Trumpington Park to the busway - this is a long loop compared to the proper cycleway

Link from the busway to Trumpington Park - this is a long loop compared to the proper cycleway

Link from the busway to Trumpington Park - turn left here (the path ahead just loops around to the left)

Link from Trumpington Park to the busway

Link from the busway to Trumpington Park

Link from Trumpington Park to the busway

A pair of cycle stands and effective traffic-calming, Trumpington Park

Cycle parking and unofficial cut-through, Trumpington Park

There are pairs of cycle stands dotted around Trumpington Park

Cut-through to Trumpington Park School

Shared-Use sign - but at the junction with Shelford Road (where the bus is) there's an End of Cycle Route sign. Typical.

Temporary 'widening' of the pavement for social distancing purposes. These barriers don't go all the way to the curve at the top of Sidney Street, but they do show that this can be done without inconveniencing buses but helping pedestrians.

New slightly wider cycle lanes on Shelford Road, except through the crossing.

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