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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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I've not seen these before so they might be quite old, but the advice on them about how to securely lock a bike is good. Slightly ironic that it's a University initiative given how bad some of their bike parking is, sadly.

These look like new bike racks not far from the shops in this area.

Road closure (except pedestrians and cyclists) due to the Extinction Rebellion blockade at the Trumpington Road roundabouts - it's interesting how much the police and highway authority are going along with it.

Extinction Rebellion blockade at the Trumpington Road roundabouts - they're happy for cycles to pass, but that gap may be a bit overwhelmed on Monday morning.

Extinction Rebellion blockade at the Trumpington Road roundabouts - they're happy for cycles to pass, but that gap may be a bit overwhelmed on Monday morning.

Anyone else think this is good #CherryHintonHighSt cycle infrastructure? No, I don't either. This was put in only a few years ago, and from the road-use it's clear that it's worse than no cyclelane at all. And yet the council are about t ... [more]

Saying Thank You for supporting the @camcycle campaign to remove the barriers at Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Lots of happy appreciative cyclists 😀 https://t.co/gvhOWyxmT6

Useful cut-through for University members

The Bikeman adbike

Vandalism of cable on Riverside Bridge - photo 2 - showing that wire was cut. See: * https://camcycle.cyclescape.org/threads/5133 * https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=0033488

Vandalism of cable on Riverside Bridge - photo 1. See: * https://camcycle.cyclescape.org/threads/5133 * https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=00334889

Curious cycle parking area on Regent Terrace having no racks. I don’t think this is new but it’s the first time I’ve noticed it.

#ExtinctionRebellion blockade of the Royal Cambridge Hotel mimi roundabout at the junction of Trumpington Street and Lensfield Road. Lasted about seven minutes before continuing on to The Fen Causeway.

Memorial to Li Wenliang outside King’s College, Cambridge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Wenliang His last words: There should be more than one voice.

Renovated cycling shortcut with smooth hump.

Caution - Toad in Road! We've installed these signs in Stanley Rd (with thanks to @CambsCC) aiming to reduce road mortalities of toads heading to their nearby breeding pond in Feb/March. Want to help local amphibians and reptiles? See @Cand ... [more]

The barriers that caused so much trouble (see #113028) were taken down this morning!

BREAKING NEWS: the CBC barrier is coming down! Thanks to John from @CTCCambridge for this picture and to the many people and organisations who have made this happen. Let's continue to work together to create a better, safer and accessible j ... [more]

I know it's legal to park on the yellow line at weekends, but why is it taken for granted that this means blocking the footway to pedestrians, wheelchair users and people with buggies? Unacceptable.

@IanGManning @camcycle Any idea how we can deal with this blatant illegal parking? It's not isolated, it's parked up here a lot. https://t.co/WZRZZ9MRu6

Bins and bikes dumping ground :-/ Video in this tweet: https://twitter.com/simon_nuttall/status/1222501133488402432?s=20

New cycle stands by the Granta pub

Parking for the new Enterprise car-sharing scheme, Russell Street, Cambridge.

City-centre parking fully occupied by 09.25 - now if only there was a nice covered cycle park where shop staff could leave their bikes, it might be easier for their customers to get in....

As part of the redevelopment of the old Lloyds Bank building the private part of the footway has been taken back to use as cycle parking.

As part of the redevelopment of the old Lloyds Bank building the private part of the footway has been taken back to use as cycle parking. No Parking sign on the outside - I wonder what they'll do about bikes locked to the inside of the rail ... [more]

There are now two sets of bike stands here with car parking between - replacing footway cycle parking.

Signage still inadequate? Another car tries to use the busway destroying all four tyres in the process #cambridgebusway https://t.co/jGrcwPmGkU Ed: according to replies to the originating tweet the car carried on to the end of this buswa ... [more]

Cambridge guided busway crash Feb 2016. Please feel free to use this picture. https://t.co/RqL2BeG49b

A tiny bit of good news - the link between Ninewells and Greenlands has finally been tarmacked @camcycle https://t.co/8zlBo65uVr Ed: the undercoat was in place for at least a year: https://www.mapillary.com/map/im/1F0Exx0Ld3Rw5vQ0z5_CYg

A nice wide shared-use route becomes a narrow footway once it's met the road here.

No Entry Except Buses - no mention of bikes at this rising bollard, but thankfully they're using it anyway.

I thought these dreadful barriers were supposed to have been removed a few days ago? But at least they are now fitted with reflective tape.

Apart from wheelchair users, I can't see anyone much taking this lengthy diversion.

Future site of Cambridge South station - to be decided exactly, somewhere between here and the next bridge south.

Cycleway over the railway to Addenbrooke’s/biomedical campus.

Racks and bench at the top of the embankment of the road over the railway to Addenbrooke’s.

Bizarre few bike racks half way across this dead end entrance.

More cycle parking at River Lane student accommodation.

Double decker covered cycle parking at River Lane student accommodation.

The red truck is stopped in the mandatory cycle lane with hazard lights on and no sign of the driver - this is a notorious location for obstructions.

Resurfacing on Parker's Piece

Resurfacing on Parker's Piece

Wheelbender slots recently replaced with Sheffield stands

Well used racks near the Khang's Fish and Chips, Wulfstan Way

Link to the Addenbrooke's-Trumpington cycle route

Not a totally car-dominated development then.

Junction of cycle routes in Clay Farm, Trumpington

New link in Clay Farm, Trumpington

End of cycleway from the Fawcett Primary School to Clay Farm

Cycleway from Clay Farm to the Fawcett Primary School, Trumpington

Cycleway from the Fawcett Primary School to Clay Farm

More covered cycle parking at the Fawcett Primary School, Cambridge

Lots of covered cycle parking at the Fawcett Primary School, Trumpington

Start of cycleway from the Fawcett Primary School to Clay Farm

Cycling on the footway, as predicted, because the cycle gap in the new King's Parade security barrier can barely cope with traffic in one direction, let alone two (thanks to Lucinda Price).

The King's Parade security gate is now in use, with delivery vehicles stopping to carry goods through (thanks to Lucinda Price).

The King's Parade security gate is now in use, with cars having to turn around at the junction with Bene't Street, which is closed for utility works (thanks to Lucinda Price).

The King's Parade security gate is now in use, with a steady flow of cyclists through the single two-way gap (thanks to Lucinda Price).

The King's Parade security gate is now in use, with cycle markings and other signage in place (but they need to get rid of that white arrow to the right) - thanks to Lucinda Price.

I’m on King’s Parade in Cambridge again for the fourth day running as councillors have again said they are due to close the new anti-terror barrier today. The road is very busy with cyclists at the moment. https://t.co/rtB8bWUk2m

Can you see the danger?

Local Highways Improvement completed (Jan 13, 2020): removal of exclusionary chicane barriers and replacement with safe, rubberised bollard. Ed: Related tweet: https://twitter.com/StephenEglen/status/1217094355841884161?s=20 Previous ... [more]

Counting cycle and motor traffic at the location of a new obstruction on the busway cycleway at the Biomedical Campus, Addenbrooke's, Cambridge, UK. I am pictured using the four bank handheld counter which is shown at #112987.

Design fail: When there's a bus waiting at the rising bollard / traffic signal the exit from this cycle slipway is blocked.

Electric hearse

Transition: the introduction of a barrier on King’s Parade, Cambridge, means that all motor traffic is excluded between 9:30am and 7pm daily.

King’s Parade, Cambridge, UK Alan measured a 1.2 metre gap here.

King’s Parade, Cambridge, UK

King’s Parade, Cambridge, UK Alan measured this gap at 1.3metres.

King’s Parade, Cambridge, UK

King’s Parade, Cambridge, UK

King’s Parade, Cambridge, UK

Cargo bike parking.

Busway cycleway near where there was a fatality about eighteen months earlier.

Busway Junction

Tight chicane see #113028 [removed 6/2/20 www.facebook.com/CambridgeCyclingCampaign/photos/a.460407210671224/2988751731170080/?type=3&theater ]

Buses waiting at the rising bollard block this access to the road.

Design fail: While buses wait for the rising bollard to drop, the backend of the bus partially blocks the carriageway.

Counting point The screen line goes from where the camera is standing to the tree in the centre in the distance - the one closest to the H in PAPWORTH. Traffic passing the screen line from right to left was counted as northbound, othe ... [more]

Hand tally counter used for counting traffic.

Hand tally counter used for counting traffic.

Bike tree!

Cycle parking

Work on the paths left in a dangerous unfinished state for over a month

Residential cycle parking

Cycle parking needed - otherwise pavements get blocked.

Cycle parking needed - otherwise pavements get blocked.

Cycle parking needed - otherwise pavements get blocked.

Deliveries using the pavement on Mill Road.

Brazen pavement parking. How is a wheelchair user or buggy user supposed to get past?

Mill Road free of traffic during the Winter Fair.

Cycle parking in heavy use during the Mill Road Winter Fair

Spotted earlier. Short and to the point. https://t.co/txqMo7pO6c

Temporary two way traffic signal on Corn Exchange Street while Bene't Street is closed for sewer works.

Temporary two way traffic lights on Wheeler Street while Bene't Street is closed for sewer works.

Hideous new (temporary) terrorism barriers, narrowing the pavement on King's Parade.

Hideous new (temporary) terrorism barriers on King's Parade. Narrowing the pavement and narrowing the space thousands of bike riders go through daily.

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