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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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Latest photos of the area

See also a full list of photos in this area.

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

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.

These look like new bike racks not far from the University's Student Services office. (Entrance from Bene't Street nicely opened up here.)

Temporary two-way traffic on Corn Exchange St due to utility works on Bene't St

Cycle parking partly replaced by disabled car parking, to replace that beyond the new King's Parade security barrier.

Cycle parking partly replaced by disabled car parking, to replace that beyond the new King's Parade security barrier.

How to stop the traffic - a new disabled parking bay opposite an existing loading area.

Utility works on Bene't St (and a motorbike in the cycle parking)

Utility works on Bene't St

Temporary version of the new security gate that Cambridge has been forced to install on King's Parade. One very narrow gap for a lot of cyclists when the gate is closed.

Temporary version of the new security gate that Cambridge has been forced to install on King's Parade. One very narrow gap for a lot of cyclists when the gate is closed.

Temporary version of the new security gate that Cambridge has been forced to install on King's Parade. One very narrow gap for a lot of cyclists when the gate is closed.

Temporary version of the new security gate that Cambridge has been forced to install on King's Parade. One very narrow gap for a lot of cyclists when the gate is closed.

Four fine people who were there at the first meeting of Camcycle back in 1995.

Temporary bike racks. Some cycle parking has been moved to accommodate the barriers that are being installed. Previously, there was blue badge parking here. See also #112685

Temporary bike racks. Some have been moved to accommodate the barriers going in. These appear to be bolted into the tarmac.

@CamBioCampus @CUH_NHS @camcitco @CambsCC Do you know who is responsible for this, installed today? Several are going to cite it being anti disability, anti family. Hardly #beyondthebicycle. Looks very 1980s, hardly suitable cc:@camcyc ... [more]

Scooter and glove parking by the bike racks at Cambridge Botanical Garden.

Covered cycle parking at a redevelopment in Catharine Street, Romsey, Cambridge

Cambridge station ‘square’

Parking in the cycle lanes is endemic here

Parking in the cycle lanes is endemic here

Not only illegal but dangerous parking - on both the pavement and in the cycle lane on a blind bend

Yellow box junction often ignored

Service vans for the hotel starting to become a pavement blocker

Table bicycle

Much-needed new cycle parking

The UK’s first Dutch roundabout design under construction

Taxi illegally driven into the pavement being enforced, for once

Mullled wine bike

Ironworks - new housing estate being built at the site of the old Mill Road Depot. Scandalously, this will not be a low-car development.

Monthly meeting of Camcycle

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