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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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Badly-positioned new bollard on ncn51 is all-but invisible to approaching eastbound riders.

Evidence at last of progress on the missing link in the south ramp for the Chisholm Trail river bridge.

Over the months this pop-up lane closure, which forced left-turning cyclists into the path of through traffic, has gradually moved to the left and is becoming less of a problem.

New zebra crossing, designed to force cyclists into the path of motor vehicles - perhaps a shared-use bypass could be provided to the left?

Presumably this refers only to motor vehicles - this is the route to the St Edmund's College cycle sheds.

The new cycleway continues alongside the road while pedestrians presumably are led to the right for a safer crossing of this dead-end road.

The new cycleway continues alongside the road while pedestrians presumably are led to the left for a safer crossing of this dead-end side road.

I really hoped that contractors had been told to destroy all these awful Cyclists Dismount signs, but no, here's another one. Unacceptable!

Nice - a link so cyclists can cross one side of Madingley Road then use the lights to cross the other side.

Presumably a lane for cyclists turning right, but there are no markings or red surfacing.

First in Milton Keynes (#96095), now in West Cambridge - autonomous vehicles on the footways.

Cycle parking at the Rutherford Building, West Cambridge (with some of those awful old 'high-density' racks in the background)

Cycle parking at the Maxwell Centre, West Cambridge

Cycle parking at the Maxwell Centre, West Cambridge

Over-cautious attitude - how fast can those cars being going in the car park?

Cycle parking at the Roger Needham Building, West Cambridge

Cycle parking inside and outside the tent at the Cambridge Graphene Centre

No dropped kerb - wheelchairs cannot get from the car park to the Civil Engineering building (there's a gazebo on the footway to the left).

The only way from the car park to the Civil Engineering building - with a No Cycling sign at the end

Why on earth are they so determined not to let people get through to the Civil Engineering building?

New crossing and shared-use path

Cycle way closed approaching the Newmarket Road roundabout.

If you're cycling on the shared-use footway, there's a temporary ramp and diversion. If you're using the on-road cycle lane, you're a bit stuffed.

This looks unofficial but in the corner of B&Q car storage area is one space hashed out and with a blob of tarmac to make a smooth transition.

Dropped kerb needed.

Cycle parking at three access points to this park in the centre of Clay Farm.

Bizarre - no access through the hedge to this crossing.

Start of an impenetrable hedge which stretches a couple of hundred metres, including past a crossing.

Obviously there's a cycleway to the left, but it would be good to have an Except Cycles plate under the No Through Road sign.

Cycle parking on link from Hills Road bridge to the busway

Of course it's more important to have a statutory lawyer's notice about trespass on the busway than a usable sign for the National Cycle Network.

Little-used link from the busway to Long Road

Little-used link from the busway to Long Road

Little-used link from the busway to Long Road

I imagine will people will want to reach this new park across the guided busway.

Access to this new park is directly from the guided busway. How can that be safe? No dropped kerb, so no wheelchair/cycle access.

Guided bus waiting at bollards/lights to continue on the guided busway - cyclists should turn left for the parallel route.

Cycle route sign well after cyclists need to have turned left - and it's hidden by the Caution - Bollards sign which isn't needed as only qualified bus drivers use this road. The route sign needs moving to where cyclists have to turn left.

Cycle parking at the AstraZeneca building, Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Start of bus and cycle route between the Royal Papworth Hospital and AstraZeneca buildings.

It would be good to have a contraflow cycleway, or failing that, some indication that the multi-storey car park is in the middle of a one-way circuit.

Link from Clay Farm to Addenbrooke's Road

One small house with three cars (one hidden) - despite having cycle and bus routes to Addenbrooke's and central Cambridge. What a waste.

This should be part of a 'strategic cycleway' through this new development.

Absolutely no attempt to complete the 'strategic cycleway' and link to the Clay Farm Community Garden

Absolutely no attempt to complete the 'strategic cycleway' between these two parts of the Clay Farm development.

Finished cap on a section of the Chisholm Trail underpass wing wall.

Shuttering being installed for cap to Chisholm Trail underpass wing walls.

Shuttering being installed for cap to Chisholm Trail underpass wing walls.

Gate and railing at cattle grid on Stourbridge Common leave ncn51 with a clear width of just 1.15m. The adjacent gate when open leaves just 1.0m.

One (of previously two) cattle grids has at some time been removed where ncn51 crosses Coldham's Brook on Stourbridge Common.

Badly-positioned, unyielding, inadequately highlighted new bollard obstructs ncn51 on Ditton Meadow

Badly-positioned, unyielding, inadequately highlighted new bollard obstructs ncn51 on Ditton Meadow

ncn51 on Stourbridge Common is rendered just 1.3m wide by greenery, and the other side is crumbling.

South ramp wing wall is repaired

Finished surface on new Ditton Meadows link between ncn51 and Chisholm Trail

Access to office development, Trumpington - this needs to be kept clear (cones to stop people driving through are not enough)

Access to office development, Trumpington - this needs to be kept clear.

Covered cycle parking at an office development, Trumpington

Covered cycle parking at an office development, Trumpington

Resurfaced and marked up for repainting.

This pothole has been filled, the ones around the corner on West Road have been marked up but left for later. Joined-up thinking?

Bullocks sheltering from the rain/watching the cyclists

Flooding hiding the awful broken-up road surface - an accident waiting to happen.

Rush hour congestion on New Street, Cambridge. The motor vehicle storage on both sides of this street make it difficult for cycles to pass the queueing traffic in either direction. Note: this section of the street is two-way for all t ... [more]

Flooding reported at: https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=00367924. Reference: 00367924 Date reported: 04/05/2021 Fault type: Flooding Address: MILL ROAD, CAMBRIDGE Location: Outside coop Mill Road Cambridge Descri ... [more]

One of the things Eddington does do well is provide seating in various forms.

This infrastructure which was awful when it went in is looking distinctly dated 30+ years on.

Beginning to work on the wall beside the steps to the north end of the Chisholm Trail river bridge

ncn51 jetty is open, and protected by a cattle grid

ncn51 jetty is open. some temporary fencing protects users from ongoing bridge works

ncn51 jetty is open

ncn51 jetty is open

ncn51 jetty is open (and already getting a lot of use)

I think there's a camera up there to monitor use of the bridge.

Car stopped in the junction to use the phone, as far as I could tell....

This junction and most of Station Road are an absolute disaster - and no-one seems to care.

This pothole never really goes away (see #20469, #80314, #107251) but it's particularly bad at the moment, and the county is ignoring requests for it to be fixed.

The Coton M11 bridge has finally reopened, and the Coton Path seems to have been rebuilt the whole way from the bridge to Coton.

The Coton M11 bridge has finally reopened, with new surfacing on either side (but not on the bridge itself).

The Coton M11 bridge has finally reopened, with new surfacing on either side (but not on the bridge itself).

The Coton M11 bridge has finally reopened, with new surfacing on either side (but not on the bridge itself).

The Coton M11 bridge has finally reopened, with new surfacing on either side (but not on the bridge itself).

The Coton M11 bridge has finally reopened, with new surfacing on either side (but not on the bridge itself).

The Coton M11 bridge has finally reopened, with new surfacing on either side (but not on the bridge itself).

Poor stretch of path between the West Cambridge site and the Coton M11 bridge

Path from the Coton M11 bridge to the West Cambridge site - dropped kerb needed

Shopping at Sainsbury's with an old Ofo bike without a pannier rack

New crossing island at the west end of the shared-use path on the south side of Madingley Road, Cambridge.

Culvert for realigned brook at south end of Chisholm Trail bridge ramp

Odd-looking position of cattle grid within width of culvert on ncn51 reinstatement

Progress towards reopening ncn51 at the Chisholm Trail bridge site

Student housing, I think, with lots of bikes needing secure parking (and an unused ringbolt)

Student housing, I think, with lots of bikes locked to the fence.

Plaque on the 'CTC bench' - The Cyclists Touring Club Cambridge have met here since 11 May 1921 - just a couple of weeks until their centenary !

Not sure why I'd go to the left to get to Addenbrooke's Hospital when there's a decent direct route just to the right.

A big white van KY60 HJV is squatting on the busy footway between the Cambridge Retail Park and the Beehive Centre. Untaxed uninsured and a persistent problem here. Anything you can do to shift it @CambridgeCops ? https://t.co/kEwfPLOUWO

Still work to do on the ramp south of the Chisholm Trail bridge, where conditions were tricky on the old alignment of the brook.

A temporary fence is being erected between ncn51 jetty and the ongoing bridge works.

Cattle grid (in box at left) on ncn51 will be very close to the new culvert beside the Chisholm Trail bridge

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