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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

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Removal of bike parking here - but apparently to be replaced with 12 spaces. These racks originally replaced 3 spaces ... [more]

Dead trees, ivy strewn, collapsing into the Love Lane path. Particularly hazardous at night.

Can a landowner legally threaten to remove a bike on the public highway, locked to their railing?

Racks for the “centre” on the other side of the road - according to the signs.

Grantchester Meadows path. Thistles and nettles growing out of the fence by 1m. These will reach half way across the new narrow shared path, visible in the background. Narrow paths, encroachment by vegetation, these are not new problems. ... [more]

Grantchester Meadows path. New 1.5m wide path under construction, tight to the fence. This will be just as unsatisfactory as the existing narrow path alongside Skater's Fen. Why such a narrow path when there is so much space available? An ... [more]

It was a massive wrench for many cyclists in Cambridge when Ben Hayward's closed their doors for the last time in January 2017. In our latest post we relate the story of one particular bike sold by the firm that has particular relevance to ... [more]

One of the bikes from Cambridge's infamous 1993 Green bike scheme on display at the Folk Museum. See also #101287. The sticker on the bike reads: CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY BIK ... [more]

Godmanchester Turnpike Road Ends Here ☞ ↑ To the Horse-shoe Corner Godmanchester ☞ 14 Miles 4 Furlongs

Work stand at University of Cambridge’s Park and Cycle site.

Cambridge CyclePoint - a.k.a "Cycle what's the point"

The ongoing struggle to stop commuters and language students from using workplace cycle parking (NB at 19.30).

There seems to be something in the way of the beautiful view along the Backs.

Clear shortage of cycle parking at Calverley’s, but space for cycle parking

Clear shortage of cycle parking at Calverley’s

#Eddington #cyclepath signage overkill. This, whilst attempting to be very accurate, looks quite silly and does create a poor visual experience.

Cavendish Road Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 1.75m Pavement 1.10m On carriageway car storage (full bay width 1.9m overhanging footway by 0.80m) 2.95m Available carriageway between car storage areas 1.80m O ... [more]

Mill Road bridge Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 2.30m Extra width by bins and bench 1.50m Pavement 3.05m Westbound Carriageway 3.05m Eastbound Carriageway 1.65m Pavement 9.25m Total 11.55m Total includ ... [more]

St. Philip's Road Outside house 64c Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 1.55m Pavement 3.00m Westbound Carriageway 2.80m Eastbound Carriageway 1.75m Pavement 9.10m Total 5.80m Total carriageway 1.5m Cy ... [more]

Sign trying to keep cycle parking opposite Cambridge station free for retail customers (and overnight) - it mentions the covered cycle park but should give better directions, as the people wanting to leave their bikes here are probably the ... [more]

Sheffield racks on Station Square are being designated as being for shop and cafe users rather than for people catching trains. I hope it works.

Bus service on Mill Road

Thoday Street racks. City rangers have helpfully cleared away an abandoned bike that was looking a mess. I've now asked them to remove the two old locks that are attached to the rack.

Poorly parked cycles combined with the camber of the buildout means these bikes have spread onto the footway. The look untidy and cause an obstruction.

Hills Road

Future link to the busway, presumably

Cycle parking and play area, Great Kneighton

Sheltered cycle parking at Trumpington Community College

Cycleway and sheltered cycle parking at Trumpington Community College

Crammed in!

Sheltered cycle parking at Trumpington Community College

Plenty of cycle stands here

No Entry Except Buses sign should also read 'and Cycles', of course.

Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.

Bridge into Hobson's Park and link to the construction road.

Bridge into Hobson's Park

Route into Hobson's Park

No Cycling on the Great Kneighton construction road.

Cycle route from Addenbrooke's Road to Hobson's Park

Big barriers to keep cyclists from going down steps - but why on earth did they build steps here in the middle of nowhere?

This is what Mill Road looks like when England are playing a knock-out game in the World Cup finals - no motor vehicles, a few cyclists - but it could be like this all the time with a closure near the railway bridge.

This is what Mill Road looks like when England are playing a knock-out game in the World Cup finals - no motor vehicles, a few cyclists - but it could be like this all the time with a closure near the railway bridge.

New infill housing development off Mill Road, Cambridge - they seem to have car spaces and bin stores but there's no sign of cycle parking.

Rising bollards at entry to new infill housing development with no cycle parking visible.

Student accommodation by the new Cambridge mosque - does anyone really think this will be enough cycle parking?

Mill Road butchers

Congestion Charging is coming to Cambridge - or at least to its car parks.

I've never seen it so bad here - at least 14 selfish drivers blocking the passing places, lots of reversing and waiting when cars were trying to come in and out. It's more important as a cycle route, in theory.

Collapsing trench and pothole on Hills Road, Cambridge

Ofo bikes and cycle lockers at Madingley Road Park n Ride

The official vision of cycle space on the new Thameslink Class 700 trains (see #100135).

If there's a pram/buggie by the fold-up seats on the new Thameslink Class 700 trains that's it, there's no dedicated cycle space. Just use the doorways as normal in this area.

A full-length (12-carriage) Thameslink Class 700 train, and this was the only cycle marker I could see, Inside the space is pretty useless - most cyclists will just use the nearest door space as usual in this area.

Sink hole in Mill Road!

New pub, Old Ticket Office, at the station ‘square’ at Cambridge Station

Good to see the approach to the sluice fixed - but how long before it starts to subside again?

Cambridge Rules 1848 Sculpture. Parker's Piece The rules of football were first written down in Cambridge in 1848. This new sculpture was unveiled in May 2018 to commemorate the event. It is inscribed with the rules in many different ... [more]

Parker's Piece and its lamp posts. Nice path although too narrow.

Jesus Green People path

Not a clever installation of this bike hangar, or perhaps not a clever place to allow a motor vehicle to park.

New Museums Site cycle parking double decker racks, some in a gated access area. See also #2553.

Sidney Street

Sidney Street

Broken racks

Five years after installation some of the wheel grippers on these stands have been vandalized and the only one that is still intact is where the bike is in the up position.

Looks like Mobike has landed in Cambridge. Have they agreed to the code of practice or will there be a mass dump of bikes?

The small lorry doesn't help, but I would dearly love to see this post box moved to a better spot. Even cutting that hedge back may not provide enough room.

'The Metaphysical Cyclist' - actually a tour of Cambridge's public art by former Young British Artist Gavin Tiurk

The usual inconsiderate and illegal parking in the contraflow cycle lane in Mawson Road.

Along the Cam path Midsummer Common

Is that it? One Sheffield stand at these new flats on Devonshire Rd, Cambridge.

Two Sheffield stands at this new Darwin College development, which don't seem to get much use - but at least no-one is parking a car here either.

Sadly predictable - Darwin College built accommodation with no easily accessible cycle parking, so bikes are chained to the fence outside.

A glimpse of double decker cycle parking at Student Castle from the gate.

Poor racks in front of the Portland Arms.

Racks right near the entrance to Student Castle.

Corona Road

Corona Road

Corona Road

Alms houses area

Victoria Road

Green’s Road

Green’s Road

Green’s Road

Green’s Road

Yard off Primrose Street

Yard off Primrose Street

Primrose Street

Primrose Street

Primrose Street

Primrose Street

Primrose Street

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Victoria (car) Park

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

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