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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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Latest photos of the area

See also a full list of photos in this area.

It looks like the bike anchor point that was attached to the Empress Pub has been nicked!

Entrance to Chisholm Trail from Newmarket Road. Q: What signage is there here to suggest this route is prohibited for motor vehicles? A: All I can see here are a shared-use cycleway sign behind the fencing on the left.

Railings used as overflow parking for Cambridge United match.

Link between the new development at Clara Rackham Street and Cavendish Place, Romsey, Cambridge.

There isn't a good place to move from carriageway to the wide section of shared-use path in order to bypass vehicle queues for the lights and reach the cycle advance box (though there should be space on carriageway between the two lanes of ... [more]

Dropped kerb to move from shared-use path to cycle advance box doesn't make it easy to get towards the far side of the box if turning right towards Fulbourn.

'Smart Junction' trial sensor at the top, bike sensor immediately above traffic lights, low-level bike repeater lights below main lights.

CCTV (?) camera at the top

'Smart Junction' trial sensor at the top, bike sensor immediately above traffic lights, low-level bike repeater below main lights.

Signposted Love Lane cycle route ends at narrow not-shared footway with fence etc blocking direct access to the road. Uncontrolled 'crossing' is to the right. Car park is private land but a flush kerb into it would be a welcome improvemen ... [more]

Not on a signed cycle route (that's Love Lane nearby), but shown on the council cycle map. Multiple entrances to chipshop premises on the right. Very common to see bikes locked to the chicane, sometimes obstructing it, because there's no ... [more]

Disgraceful bit of highway engineering, with the lorry forced by the island into the end of the on-road cycle lane. Nothing here to help southbound cycles reaching the end of the off-road path.

Electric vehicle charging point on Riverside

A Dinky Doors street art outside the now closed OpenAir shop on Green Street, Cambridge.

Missing bollards This photo was used to file a report with highways reporitng.

Missing rack at these stands in Thoday Street. This photo was used to file a report with highways reporitng.

The rack is still missing here, see #177377.

Cracked surfacing to cycle path. Coton path bridge across the M11. West sound. This path is a disgrace, it was closed for 2 years in order to re-surface the bridge approach ramps and this is the state of them less than a year later. Easily ... [more]

Cracked surfacing to cycle path. Coton path bridge across the M11. This path is a disgrace, it was closed for 2 years in order to re-surface the bridge approach ramps and this is the state of them less than a year later. Easily wide enough ... [more]

Cambridge’s Princess of Wales memorial garden on the XXVth anniversary.

Dissembling the planets on Midsummer Common. The outermost planets Pluto, Neptune and Uranus are being dis-assembled first. See #185786.

Venus See #185786.

Checking the scale: from the Earth the moon should just occlude the sun in this model of the solar system, see: #185866.

The Moon as seen from the Earth is about the same size as the sun in the far distance. This checks that the scale of these objects is about right, as of course the moon just eclipses the sun. See #185867, and more science at: #185786.

Earth and The Moon on the Our Place in Space art installation.

Mercury on the Our Place In Space art installation.

An event to mark the end of the Our Place In Space art installation.

Jupiter on the Our Place In Space art installation.

Mars on the Our Place In Space art on Midsummer Common during a #CamRideHome.

A samba band plays at the end of a family friendly bike ride from Midsummer Common to the Abbey Chesterton bridge.

August 2022 solar system scaled to fit Cambridge. See #185786.

The newly resurfaced foot/cycle link between Trumpington and the guided busway, where it crosses Hobson's Brook.

Junction of newly resurfaced foot/cycle link from Trumpington with the guided busway.

Projected orbits of the Our Place In Space model of the solar system in Cambridge, August 2022. These orbits are based on the distance between the sun on Midsummer Common and Saturn by the Chisholm Trail bridge at #185175. That distan ... [more]

Subsidences causing cracking around cattle grid

Subsidence causing hump and cracking on approach to cattle grid

Cracking in Chisholm Trail 6 months after opening

Cracking on Chisholm Trail 6 months after opening

A new concept in city travel being presented to Cambridge Cycling Campaign's monthly meeting in May 2018.

James Woodburn tries out a citipod bike as presented to Cambridge Cycling Campaign monthly meeting in May 2018.

Clara Rackham Street, Cambridge

Link between Cavendish Place and Clara Rackham Street on the new development off Cromwell Road, Cambridge has opened today, 11 August 2022. There are temporary barriers in place because there are not yet any bollards, but it is possible ... [more]

Link between Cavendish Place and Clara Rackham Street on the new development off Cromwell Road, Cambridge has opened today, 11 August 2022. There are temporary barriers in place because there are not yet any bollards, but it is possible ... [more]

Link between Cavendish Place and Clara Rackham Street on the new development off Cromwell Road, Cambridge has opened today, 11 August 2022. There are temporary barriers in place because there are not yet any bollards, but it is possible ... [more]

Link between Cavendish Place and Clara Rackham Street on the new development off Cromwell Road, Cambridge has opened today, 11 August 2022. There are temporary barriers in place because there are not yet any bollards, but it is possible ... [more]

Before this can be opened some kind of bollard is probably needed.

[Image taken in 2018] Queen Anne Terrace car park, Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1. [NOTE: No street view in this location] This cycle parking space is with others in the Queen Anne Terrace car park (https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/queen-anne-te ... [more]

Head uphill towards the path at the edge of the roundabout to avoid the chicane at the corner of the shop

Chicane hidden round the corner of the shop on the obvious route between crossings of Barnwell Road and Newmarket Road

Temporary (July-August 2022) obstruction on the Chisholm Trail

Temporary (July-August 2022) obstruction on the Chisholm Trail

Clara Rackham Street's connection to Cromwell Road should be OK for Chisholm Trail phase 2 if the proposed connection further south gets silly chicanes etc.

Expected to be part of Chisholm Trail phase 2

Expected to be part of Chisholm Trail phase 2

Doesn't seem to be much chance there of a connection between Chisholm Trail and Sedgwick Street

Expected to be part of Chisholm Trail phase 2 The Trail turns left towards Cavendish Place beyond the Heras fence

Expected to be part of Chisholm Trail phase 2 The Trail turns right in front of the houses here

The only sign of a possible alternative connection between Chisholm Trail and Sedgwick Street - beyond the fence at the end

Tiny kerb between 'road' and 'path' is very difficult to spot, and very bad for oblique approach.

Expected to be part of Chisholm Trail phase 2

Expected to be part of Chisholm Trail phase 2 Wonder what will appear instead of this, to prevent vehicle through-route?

Expected to be part of Chisholm Trail phase 2

Expected to be part of Chisholm Trail phase 2. Turn right here from shared-use path.

No Cycles To Be Parked Cambridge Station 1992 Patrick Forman Life through the Lens At an exhibition in Michaelhouse 21 July 2022

The temperature at the summit of the Carter Bridge was 44.0°C as measured by a domestic device.

Carter Bridge #Cambridge 41.5°C just outside the entrance, peaking at 44°C at the summit. https://t.co/miT4ne4vdG (Actually the measurement was 41.0°C just outside the entrance, not 41.5 as I said in the tweet.)

Nice bit of parking this morning forcing me to go head on with oncoming traffic or stop. I chose to stop, hence the photo. I guess this is a regular delivery so it would be good to hear your opinion please @CambsCops @camcycle @camcitco ... [more]

Travis Perkins/Islamic Centre racks on Devonshire Road.

Southern access on Cavendish Place to the Timberworks development off Cromwell Road. It might turn out to be the southern end of Chisholm Trail Phase 2 for quite a while - but it's still part of the construction site at the moment.

M11 bridge included in Comberton Greenway proposal

M11 bridge included in Comberton Greenway proposal

Why, @CambsCC, does electric car infrastructure have to take up pavement rather than road space? And @alexandrabulat, how is this compatible with the Riverside promenade vision? https://t.co/ocOpWJVRp9

New link from the busway and the Biomedical Campus

New link to the busway and Biomedical Campus

New cut-through parallel to the busway route

Awkwardly placed gate and well-used desire-line route to Trumpington Community College

Someone thought it was worthwhile designating a few metres of this narrow path as shared use. Not fit for purpose.

Extra strengthening bars have been welded to the cattle grids on the Chisholm Trail.

Bickerton folding bikes parked outside a 'health food' shop.

CamRideHome monthly Cambridge bike ride event.

Bent cycle racks opposite the Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street, Cambridge.

Flooded - due to blocked drain on the cycleway at this bus stop bypass.

Press the button and look back to read when the display changes. A new crossing at the turn into Worts Causeway from Babraham Road.

A new crossing at the turn into Worts Causeway from Babraham Road.

Voi ebikes and escooters at this important intersection on Cambridge's cycle network.

Nightingale Avenue, Low Traffic Neighbourhood. The right hand side of the road is full of stored motor vehicles. There's a double yellow line there but it was overpainted with black but the black has worn out in places. See #150668. A ... [more]

Well used racks by the recreation ground on Nightingale Avenue.

Purbeck Road, Cambridge Lined with bollards, presumably to prevent motor vehicles being driven onto the footway. The alcove on the right is marked out with an OFO symbol - for the abandoned ofo bike scheme.

Handles on the sides of the bollard - and there are evidently times of day when building shadow can significantly impair visibility.

Raised reflective studs doing, for a change, what they are meant to do by guarding the bollard - but handles on the sides of the bollard.

Four redundant, raised, hazardous, reflective studs - and handles on the sides of the bollard beyond.

Inconspicuous handles on the sides of the bollard

Three redundant and now hazardous raised reflective studs, and one (on the right) raised and hazardous cover on bollard socket.

Open at last, and looking good (and already well-used).

Double trouble on Bateman Street, with a cyclist approaching in the contraflow cycle lane, about to move out in the face of oncoming motor vehicles. Will we ever have wands or other segregation here?

Zombie apocalypse? End of university term? I've never seen these racks so empty.

Even in the centre of Cambridge there are still Dead End signs without an Except Cyclists plate - incredible.

The existing no-overtaking road markings on Mill Road Bridge, which had got very faded, have recently been repainted.

Example of the reflective studs used in several places on the southern busway path

After negotiating the narrow gap, you're heading straight for a pair of redundant reflective studs, which stand sufficiently proud to cause problems for small-wheel bikes (or scooters) if struck obliquely.

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