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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.

New segregated cycleway near the Botanic Garden on Trumpington Road.

New segregated cycleway near the Botanic Garden on Trumpington Road.

New segregated cycleway near the Botanic Garden on Trumpington Road.

Nearby paths have solar studs on either side, but this link just has single studs in the centre - yet another example of non-standard provision.

New solar studs on both sides of the Sheep's Green cycle path.

New solar studs on both sides of the Coe Fen cycle path.

@Cambs_Traffic @SmithsonHill You mean this "obstruction"? https://t.co/P7ljnxfCiU

Bikes for transporting children, at the Cambridge Town & Country Fair 2017

Failure to repaint yellow lines has led to a rash of pavement parking

Dutchbike

Legally-permitted cycling in the pedestrianised area works fine

Legally-permitted cycling in the pedestrianised area works fine

Road closure has been in place for a while - why not just make it permanent?

Lack of repainting of lines has led to a rash of pavement parking here, blocking the pavement and narrowing the road to one lane

Towpath

Tag used for believed abandoned bikes

Path width changes clearly not worked - still too narrow.

The white line warns you of the lamppost.

Useful shortcut but no dropped kerb and a chicane

Teversham Drift

Traffic counts being done

Newly installed solar studs on the cycleway between New Bit and Coe Fen.

New solar studs on the cycleways across New Bit.

This bit of Trumpington Road cycleway near the Botanic Garden is now open.

This bit of Trumpington Road cycleway near the Botanic Garden is now open.

This bit of Trumpington Road cycleway near the Botanic Garden is now open. https://twitter.com/hopsncheese/status/874875689014525952

Resurfaced road and cycle lane on Trumpington Road.

This bit of Trumpington Road cycleway near the Botanic Garden is now open.

Some kind of Ofo delivery going on

Cycle parking outside the Co-op on Mill Road is often under heavy demand.

Cycle parking outside the Co-op on Mill Road is often under heavy demand.

Pedal-powered music tent at the Town & Country Fair

The usual sad state of affairs in the contraflow cycle lane in Mawson Road. No enforcement officers to be seen anywhere near.

Poor road surface under Elizabeth Way bridge / along Walnut Tree Ave. Major cycling route along the river. The county has decided that it is 'not bad enough' to do anything about it, according to Highways Reporting.

The dangerous chicane at the corner of Adams Road, Wilberforce Road and the Coton path. It's obvious that people are colliding with the stonework here because it is always getting knocked out of place.

Note the LACK of bollards on Burrell's Walk. This is good, since it is likely that someone would hit any bollard placed here during term time when it gets VERY busy. Also a good example of how bollards are not always necessary. Nobody ever ... [more]

Cattle grids on Midsummer common.

Poor-quality surface, non-flush dropped kerb, not-so-great bollard, and a neglected but very clear desire line. This is the connection from Wadloes Road to Ditton Meadows.

decent bollards

decent bollards

School-run on Milton Road

Cargo-transport by bike on Milton Road, squeezed between the kerb and fast-moving cars and buses.

School-run & after-work travel on Milton Road at Gilbert Road. Several people in the ASL begin cycling as the traffic signal turns green.

Many parents pick-up their children at the daycare centre by bike, which is great. The shared-use path is clearly insufficient, however.

Milton Road NW-side is busy with cycling, especially after school lets out. The shared-use path is insufficient to the needs. A proper 2-way separate and protected cycleway is needed here.

Two different approaches to the bad situation at Arbury Road junction on Milton Road.

Arbury Road junction at Milton Road. Lots of schoolchildren need to use this junction, but there is no cycling provision except the unreasonable "take the lane". Naturally, parents and children wait for the pedestrian signal instead, and in ... [more]

Interesting kerb bulb-out to help people walking across the street.

Typical entitled motorist blocking the pavement.

Shockingly good pavement with zero cars parked on it. Hard to believe that this exists.

White line painted down Ridgeway now. Problematic gates remain for the time being.

Some brush clearance at end of future Ridgeway. Potholes still not fixed, albeit there was a nasty rainstorm the day they were doing this work and they did say that would interfere with the road works. So they still need to come back and fi ... [more]

Decent bollards in the back pathway to Shire Hall

Even the cows are in a good mood today. https://t.co/YMaIu8AClB

Warning of bike theft at The Punter pub, Cambridge

Twelve bikes at space for eight.

Space needed for proper cycle parking so that bikes are not left blocking the footway.

New Cycle route to Cambridge North on opening day

An ofo bike user finds an ill-defined cycle route through the Cambridge station area.

An ofo bike user finds an ill-defined cycle route through the Cambridge station area.

An ofo bike user at Cambridge station - has entered this shared space area from the dropped kerb at right.

A campaigner marking the success of an #absoluteBollards campaign to get rid of the shin-gougers which are now in the down position within those diamonds. There's a new taller bollard in place. Hmm, I think the diamonds need removing now ... [more]

ycleway linking Cambridge North station with Milton Road. The cycleway is 2.8 metres wide and the footway 2.0 metres. (There are seven and five lots of 40x40cm corduroy slabs spanning the whole width.)

Cycleway linking Cambridge North station area and Milton Road.

Cambridge North station - guided busway turnaround.

Cyclists exiting Cambridge North station area along the shared footway around the perimeter of the roundabout.

Lots of people have made a special visit to Cambridge North station just to explore it. This photo exposes the desire line from the station cycle parking area - but the intention is that cyclists should ride on the raised kerb foot/cycleway ... [more]

The approach to Cambridge North station from the end of Moss Bank.

Cycle and pedestrian signage on the approach to Cambridge North station from Moss Bank.

An inconsiderately-placed sign ON the cycle path at Gonville Place. A cyclist approaching from Gresham Road had no warning that the cycle route was blocked by a sign (albeit temporary). But surely whoever put it up realised it was blocking ... [more]

An inconsiderately-placed sign ON the cycle path at Gonville Place. A cyclist approaching from Gresham Road had no warning that the cycle route was blocked by a sign (albeit temporary). But surely whoever put it up realised it was blocking ... [more]

Cracked and blood spattered helmet after I was crashed into from behind by a car while cycling along Chesterton Road.

CSH off Westminster Bridge

Van in cycleway, a common problem here.

Robin Lovelace introducing the Propensity to Cycle Tool to Camcycle's April 2017 meeting

Downing Place - lorries delivering on the pavement at the Regal. No wonder the pavement and road are so cracked here and subject to much resurfacing over the years.

Howard Mallett Centre, Petersfield

Bus stop bypass under construction

Gonville Place temporarily reverts in practice to two-lane operation (rather than three), as it used to be 15 years ago. People seemed to cope. Can it stay this way, to provide Space for Cycling?

Gonville Place temporary reverts in practice to two-way operation, as it used to be 15 years ago. People seemed to cope. Can it stay this way, to provide Space for Cycling?

New pub, The Petersfield, opens with expanded floor space but no cycle parking, and, sure as night follows day, No Cycles signs appear from householders (not unreasonably) wanting to protect their brickwork

Ditton Meadows railway bridge, from the other side :)

Taxis parking at the entrance to the cycle park

Amusing safer stickers

Thoroughly unsafe area which could be fixed by getting rid of this unjustifiable car parking. Would make space for a proper segregated cycle track.

Thoroughly unsafe area which could be fixed by getting rid of this unjustifiable car parking. Would make space for a proper segregated cycle track.

Downing College: you can drive but you can't cycle. Ridiculous.

Shared-use pavement.

Caution: ducks on cycle path

New cycle parking at new development

Dingy underpass. Would be best to have a proper controlled crossing to favour walking and cycling over motor vehicles.

Nice mural in this otherwise dingy underpass

Thoroughly unpleasant public realm on a Saturday afternoon on Mill Road due to the dominance of car traffic. Isn't it about time there was a regular closure?

Thoroughly unpleasant public realm on a Saturday afternoon on Mill Road due to the dominance of car traffic. Isn't it about time there was a regular closure?

Unpleasant and dangerous road environment which students and others are expected to tackle

At long last, yellow lines covering the full length to stop opportunist freebie parking.

ASL in resurfaced street

Naked streets - no lines or markings just after resurfacing

Sign warning against rat running through Addenbrooke's

Yet another example of dangerous illegal parking in the contraflow cycle lane in Mawson Road

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