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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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Ofo bike at Cambridge station squate with front and rear lights. The front light is bolted to the fork and the rear was clamped around the seat post (and was loose).

The road is crumbling simultaneously around all the ironwork on Regent St - there's a whole succession of them like this.

There's been some patching at the top of Grantchester St - I doubt if it'll last long.

Stealth bollard at the end of Cheney Way. With #bonuscat. #absolutebollards @camcycle https://t.co/RtGFkQzTCH

That's a primary school in the background, but local kids still need to go round the front of the school onto the much busier Arbury Rd, and if they do cycle this way they are faced with pointless chicanes. Also a problem for people in whee ... [more]

I'm sure the cycle sign is new - but I have no idea what it's meant to mean - there's no cycle lane or real cycle route here.

Pemberton Terrace has had some patching-up - but nearby Coronation Street, which is in far worse shape, has not been touched.

Strange cycle stands at ARU's new Young Street campus.

Good practice where a new cycleway is being built.

The new signs at Cambridge station do recognise that bikes are permitted here.

It looks as if the message is getting through at last - park in the new Cycle Point, not here.

@camcycle Not quite bollards but obstructive... and what are those signs telling the cyclist? #absolutebollards https://t.co/Bs1BVVJ5H4

Floating bus stop on Green End Road is open!

Bollard up after long period of being down/missing #absolutebollards

Not really dangerous just useless. Outside St. Andrew's @camcycle #absolutebollards https://t.co/U5D4OynHUX

@camcycle Similar ones on Fen road. The one on the left is particularly pointless. #absolutebollards https://t.co/uQQGtVebJL

This is how Cambridge University 'welcomes' cycling. https://t.co/qIMKzcpXyA

Only one bollard is necessary to prevent vehicle access here. This would create less conflict, as cycles and wheelchairs etc could pass simultaneously each side of the bollard.

Pool bikes at Cambridge Conservation Institute

Lots of double-deck cycle parking at the David Attenborough Buidling, Cambridge - open public parking and a covered locked area

Lots of double-deck cycle parking at the David Attenborough Buidling, Cambridge - open public parking and a covered locked area

Construction of cycle crossing to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Cycle Lane Closed for construction of decent cycle access to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Outdoor seating obstructing the only possible cycle route across Station Square that doesn't directly conflict with taxis, drop-off cars and people on foot.

It's surprising that the daylight-only cycle route across St John's College playing fields has never been documented.

It's surprising that the daylight-only cycle route across St John's College playing fields has never been documented.

It's surprising that the daylight-only cycle route across St John's College playing fields has never been documented.

Taking shape - the new cycleway past Cambridge Botanic Gardens on Trumpington Road.

At least the sign mentions that cycling is allowed, but the road markings are still claiming Bus Only access to Cambridge station.

Riverside bridge in the sunshine

Please do not leave bicycles here

Timetable for a service that no longer runs.

Travis Perkins using the new cycle infra as an unloading zone. FTA link is http://www.fta.co.uk/export/sites/fta/_galleries/downloads/pcns/drivercard_1.pdf [PDF, bottom of page 3] Also note stopped in zig zag crossing area, a double wham ... [more]

There is a decent amount of parking at ARU's new Young St campus after all, but it's unsatisfactory - the best thing is to lock your bike across the end.

Advanced green light for cyclists At Hills Road / Gonville Place junction in Cambridge

So, if someone hadn't told you, would you know that the staircase on the right is the pedestrian entrance to the Cycle Point? And would you know where to wheel your bike in? Put some signs up on the building, people!

Road worker completely blocks cyclepath. Note that these people are allowed to work in cycle infra. However, they do need to indicate that it's closed and/or indicate a way round. There is a way, about 500m back from here. A sign there woul ... [more]

The irony of a "Cyclists, pass with care" notice on a bus driving in the cyclelane.

Again*, illegally stopped up in a cyclelane. Just as a reminder from the Freight Transport Association, this is something not to do. http://www.fta.co.uk/export/sites/fta/_galleries/downloads/pcns/drivercard_1.pdf [PDF, bottom of page 3] ... [more]

Unimpressed by this. It's two lanes either way as Anglian Water continue their work, but I can’t help feeling there must be a better way of organising this. It isn't clear what pedestrians are supposed to do coming from the Hills Road end ... [more]

Potholes, Fulboooke Road

Footway closed for construction of a shared-use cycleway.

Another illegal position from the Richmond Coaches driver. Just waited there for around 5 minutes. It is illegal to stop in a cyclelane. Even the FTA say don't do it. http://www.fta.co.uk/export/sites/fta/_galleries/downloads/pcns/driver ... [more]

Fly-parking presumably by people who haven't found the Cycle Point yet or who choose not to use it.

I remember an announcement that the new Station Square was open...

I remember an announcement that the new Station Square was open...

Large pothole on Selwyn Road, Cambridge

I recently spent ten days cycling the length of Taiwan and saw exactly one patch of bad road surface. Meanwhile in Cambridge all the roads are falling apart - this is the inner ring road, which really isn't safe for cycling in places.

I recently spent ten days cycling the length of Taiwan and saw exactly one patch of bad road surface. Meanwhile in Cambridge all the roads are falling apart - this is the inner ring road, which really isn't safe for cycling in places.

Costa Coffee illegally unloading in a cyclelane. Something the Freight Transport Association advise never to do. Bottom of page 3 [PDF] http://www.fta.co.uk/export/sites/fta/_galleries/downloads/pcns/drivercard_1.pdf

This is a two lane entrance to the traffic lights. The queueing traffic to the left is doing a right turn which lights are only green for a short time. The other lane is clear to use with a green light. Apart from a bus across both lanes do ... [more]

Illegal stopping in cyclelane from @Richmondscoach.

Arbury Road

Arbury Road the cycleway on the right merges into the road behind the camera.

Parallel crossing of Arbury Road.

Returning from a stall event on Milton Road.

Refuelling point for the half marathon

St John's and Trinity Streets fenced off for half marathon.

Half marathon well organized cycle parking and with police supervision.

On the raised cycle path (of this remodeled high accident roundabout) there are frequently cars parked. They are generally visiting the coop or dropping/collecting kids at Ridgefield school. The drivers are often unpleasant when challenged ... [more]

A new 'floating' bus stop shelter (with a decent seat too, unusually) next to a shared-use path.

Another example of misuse of the Hills Road cyclelane. And at a time when lots of children are likely riding from their school.

Car parking here needs to be stopped - the two left vehicles are on the pavement. This means that the intended route for cycles, behind the bollards, doesn't work.

Lots of sticks on the busway after storm Doris.

Wadloes Road cycleway - no priority at this junction.

Wadloes Road cycleway - no priority at this junction.

Great cycle parking at Institute for Manufacturing (as you might expect): * Sturdy well-spaced racks * Covered * Lit * Near the main entrance * Message: you're welcome when arriving by bike

The key to this map says blue dashed lines are "Signed primary network separate from traffic". So why are developers putting up no entry signs as per https://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/87701/?

The UK's largest and most prestigious cycle hub incorporating 3,000 cycle parking spaces over three floors at Cambridge Station. http://www.falco.co.uk/projects/the-uks-largest-cycle-hub-opens-at-cambridge-cyclepoint-incorporating-3000- ... [more]

Access route from Moss Bank to Cambridge North Station under construction in February 2017.

Construction of pedestrian and cycle access from Moss Bank to Cambridge North Station, in February 2017.

Another example of how this junction design needs to be revisited. And why the whole of this place stinks of car fumes. The pollution here is so bad it utterly stinks!

Just after Cambridgeshire County Council's Planning Committee unanimously approved the Abbey-Chesterton foot / cycle bridge.

The Bike Depot

An old 8-freight frame is used to point the way to The Bike Depot.

Camcycle's new offices at the Bike Depot in North Chesterton

Cambridgeshire County Council Planning Committee, where the Chesterton/Abbey Bridge is being determined.

These "No Entry" signs appeared whilst Wilton Terrace was being demolished and there was restricted access at the other end. However, that's long over and there's plenty of space now. So are these signs still up to dissuade people cycli ... [more]

Roseford Road towards Kingsway

A cycling and walking bridge is proposed to run adjacent to this railway bridge. I cycled here from the opposite bank and then back: Ditton Meadows to Chesterton 1.1 miles, time: 7:14 https://www.strava.com/activities/867223169 C ... [more]

Cycle parking and recycling at Kingsway.

Major Event signage three weeks in advance.

Springfield Road with contra-flow sign.

Cambridge kerb cycleway on Arbury Road.

Cambridge kerb raised cycleway on Arbury Road

Cambridge kerb style raised cycleway on Arbury road.

Impressive cycle-zebra at Arbury Road.

The university library (known as the U-L) lit up with some projected lighting which flashed up 600 at the e-luminate festival.

Castle Hill

Cycle parking quickly fills up at the West Road concert hall.

The wife says the cranes remind her of the War of the Worlds as we head over the busway maintenance track into the Addenbrooke's site.

Palmer's Walk cycling being pushed to be banned. Local residents pushing for banning, at the Members' Steering Group, February 2017.

New flatter, wider path on Midsummer Common - hopefully should be less pedestrian conflict.

Compare #87264 and #87265. It looks like they put compacted sand down to repair the path. I'm unsure whether this is a good thing or not.

St. Andrew's Street, Cambridge

Roadworks on Trumpington Road - which I think are here to install a new cycleway.

No cycle parking here at all as far as I could see. There is a new-ish (and very good) café here, so it could really do with some.

Surely some of the worst illegal parking ever seen in Cambridge. And less than 100m from the police station. No thought for pedestrians or wheelchair users whatsoever. When will the police take this widespread problem around Cambridge serio ... [more]

Surely some of the worst illegal parking ever seen in Cambridge. And less than 100m from the police station. No thought for pedestrians or wheelchair users whatsoever. When will the police take this widespread problem around Cambridge serio ... [more]

Barriers on Histon Road to Borrowdale path which prevent its use by larger bikes eg. cargo bikes and bikes adapted to carry children.

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