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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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Hemingford Road

Covered, gated racks on Ferry Path

Finally, a better shot of this space opposite the shops on Magdelene Street. (see #72630 to see what I mean.) This would be a good spot for a few bike racks, I think, given the number of fly parked bikes round here.

No cycle parking at all in this area - every cycle shown in this picture is parked insecurely.

I measured the gap for pedestrians between the house and the dashed white line as 64cm here, the footway as 1.31 metres and the car space as 2.05 metres. Photo captured using the Measure app on an iPhone 7 https://support.apple.com/en-gb ... [more]

Fire escape cluttered.

P in marked areas, but nowhere for bikes on this street.

Rear access to Sedgwick and Catharine Streets unlit and muddy.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking

Cycle parking near the Grafton Centre cinema.

Cycle parking near the Grafton Centre cinema.

Cycle parking near the Grafton Centre cinema.

Cycle parking near the Grafton Centre cinema.

The Grantchester Meadows path just doesn't get any better. This is the condition after the County Council have allegedly "fixed" it. All it needs is a tarmac path between the end of the surfaced road to the start of the surfaced path. I am ... [more]

Double decker covered cycle parking at River Lane student accommodation.

Double decker covered cycle parking at River Lane student accommodation.

Double decker covered cycle parking at River Lane student accommodation.

River Lane

The Grantchester Meadows path just doesn't get any better. This is the condition after the County Council have allegedly "fixed" it. All it needs is a tarmac path between the end of the surfaced road to the start of the surfaced path. I am ... [more]

Toast racks not affixed to the ground at the City Church.

Traffic monitoring camera recently added to Fen Road at the junction with Izaak Walton Way.

The new Astra-Zeneca building and a large area of disused car parking.

It's hard to see how it can possibly take four weeks to resurface this cut-through.

https://t.co/EpsHEYtrrS

Camcycle new stall bike and gazebo at Mill Road Winter Fair 2018.

Camcycle new stall bike and gazebo at Mill Road Winter Fair 2018

Remember this view if Govia Thameslink ever do close the Mill Road railway bridge.

Remember this view if Govia Thameslink ever do close the Mill Road railway bridge.

CamCycles letting other businesses reap the commercial and community benefiits of the Mill Road Winter Fair.

The abandoned cycleway project seems to be growing a nice layer of grass. At least no-one is parking on this side now.

Blocking

Sudden end of cycle route to Cambridge Regional College. How hard would it be to sort this out? There are barriers in the underpass too.

The direct route from central Cambridge to Cambridge Regional College

New cycle lanes, Arbury Road

New on-street cycle stands and contraflow cycling sign.

Cambridge’s cycle thru seasonal tree.

Truly awful cycling parking in this student accommodation block. How are they awful? Let me count the ways...

Missing stand

The temporary footbridge on #MillRoad in 1980…@MillRoadBridges @MillRoadHistory @camcycle @CambridgeLabour https://t.co/3exMcDULaL https://capturingcambridge.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Bridge-report-1st_edition-2018-04.pdf https ... [more]

Simpers Walk double yellow lines this end avoid access here - but parking is allowed across the far end.

Harvest Way

New “BEWARE OF BUSES” warnings on the cycle path next to the guided busway between Addenbrookes and Cambridge’s main station. @camcycle https://t.co/KqwdP9JV9r

Reinstated footpath in Darwin Green construction site parallel to future orbital cycleway. About 2m wide.

Footpath under construction in Darwin Green, parallel with future orbital cycleway.

Hope Street racks have been set at 90 degrees to the carriageway, but they have an unusually generous spacing of 1.7 metres. That spacing suggests the intention may have been for 45 degrees which would allow cargo bikes to fit.

Hope Street racks have been set at 90 degrees to the carriageway, but they have an unusually generous spacing of 1.7 metres. That spacing suggests the intention may have been for 45 degrees which would allow cargo bikes to fit.

Coleridge West residents parking scheme in operation. Vehicles left here between 10am and 6pm require a fee-paid permit.

Coleridge West residents parking scheme in operation. Vehicles left here between 10am and 6pm require a fee-paid permit. It has de-cluttered the entrance to this valuable through route to the Clifton Road estate.

Coleridge West residents parking scheme in operation. Vehicles left here between 10am and 6pm require a fee-paid permit.

This exception for cycling is great, but the necessary changes have not yet been implemented on Hemingford Road.

New bike racks in use outside the Co-op. New planter doesn't seem to have any plants in it just yet.

New bike racks outside the Co-op. New pavement surface too at this end. Edit to add: Two workmen were finishing it off today (24th Nov) so I asked what the surfacing was. Shingle, with some resin and sand. He said it was porous, as the tarm ... [more]

Coldham’s Common

African Road

Service road near the east side of Cambridge Station - which may one day become an entrance.

Coleridge Road - in glare of harsh winter light The residents parking scheme (shown by the sign at left) is supposed to have come into force on 7 Nov but is shown with a blue tape diagonally across the sign suggesting it is not ready yet ... [more]

Cycle lanes and centreline need repainting

Cambridge station building looking splendid in the harsh winter light. Temporary bollards and threatening signage.

These two upside down bikes are still there just on the left at the top of the ramps after at least 29 days - see #102763.

It's really great to have new cycle parking in Romsey, but the workmanship on the installation is rather disappointing. The racks and bollards have been left covered with ugly dirt smears - which look to me like concrete dust. The groun ... [more]

It's really great to have new cycle parking in Romsey, but the workmanship on the installation is rather disappointing. The racks and bollards have been left covered with ugly dirt smears - which look to me like concrete dust. The groun ... [more]

Hope Street Measurements across this street accurate to 5cm: Right footway: 180cm Kerb to offside edge of bollard: 155cm Remaining carriageway: 425cm Footway on other side of road: 175cm. The spacing between the three racks is: ... [more]

Great Eastern Street - loads of bikes outside the houses along here and an edited speed limit sign. More sign graffiti at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46139025

Argyle Street cycle parking

Cavendish Road - revamped open space on corner with Mill Road has space for 12 bikes.

Parking for four bikes on this corner of Cavendish Road / Mill Road.

Argyle Street with new street cycle parking. Measurements from left to right accurate to 5cm: Left footway: 180cm Cycle lane: 165cm Carriageway between offside edge of white line and bollard: 265cm Offside edge of bollard to right ... [more]

Newly installed racks on Argyle Street. I think the camber combined with the kerb will work well together to keep bikes tidily parked.

Mill Road, no right turn. (The except cycles sign is for the no entry into Kingston Street.)

Covered racks at the Quaker meeting house

Coleridge Road Residents slow to adapt to the new parking markings.

Rock Road library. There's a disabled parking space in front on the left, and the other parking space is controlled by the sign at the right which reads: P Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm Saturday 10 am - 2 pm 30 mins No return within 30 mi ... [more]

It's not clear, till you get right round the corner, that the footway is completely closed now as they start to demolish part of the Union building.

Cambridge Independent article about a student petition to improve this junction.

Charles Street after a parking review has introduced double yellow lines on one side and stopped footway parking on the other. I wish we could do the same for all of Romsey 😀 that would be awesome 👏.

Footway delightfully clear (almost, one tyre only) after a ward review of residents parking.

See #102763. The bikes do now have tags that were added on the 15th saying they're going to be removed on the 31st.

Cycle route around the back of the Grafton Centre. Fifteen years previously: #4816

Christchurch Street

Pedestrian sign to the Grafton Centre

NO IDLING Turn off your engine and protect the environment At least the stupid bollard at #4835 is gone.

Nothing to indicate that cycles are permitted to ride through here - facing motor vehicles leaving the multi-storey car storage facility. See #5183 from sixteen years previously.

Urgent need for more racks in Romsey.

Budleigh Close

Plans afoot to remove abandoned bikes like those at #102763. https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/cycling

This sign sums up how CyclePoint is supposed to work. https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/cycling

CyclePoint I turned these bikes upside down about a month ago because I'd noticed they'd been missing wheels on a few previous visits. They're still there! But there are plans to clean them out according to signs that are on the next pho ... [more]

Non highways compliant signs near a private school.

St Faith’s is a school. If they want to introduce a one-way system they should apply to Cambridgeshire Highway Authority and that will be considered by the democratic process.

Interesting article from 1997 from the Cambridge Evening News about the closure of Bridge Street. The headline is 'Road Closure less chaotic than feared.'

Collier Road - with a contraflow cycle marking

Guest Road - two way for cycling and great to see that the whole width of the southbound lane has been used.

Willis Road - the one way arrow in the distance on the left verifies that this road is still a one way street, with no contraflow for cycling.

Collier Road - two-way for cycling.

Covered cycle parking at a school.

Cycle parking for a work-out area near Abbey swimming pool.

Racks outside the coop to be removed.

Football rules were established here in 1848.

Reality Checkpoint now with door. https://twitter.com/dinky_doors https://www.dinkydoors.co.uk/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-46155597

Buses and taxis were queuing along Emmanuel Road. But we don't need to do anything about congestion in Cambridge...

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