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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.

The whole of Station Road is a disaster for cycling - but for some reason they've resurfaced the Tenison Road junction.

End rack damage in Free School Lane. Reported at: https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=00312822 Response received 17 Apr 2019, 11:43 "We are pleased to confirm that work has been ordered to address this issue which sho ... [more]

An unofficial looking sign has recently appeared that reads 20mph please slow down. Possibly related to #104097?

I've pretty much given up reporting potholes like these, but maybe I'll try again.

Covered cycle parking - good. Miles from anywhere - less good.

Buses often wait here, impeding the Ridgeway cycle crossing - but this bus has stopped well clear, in fact it had to reverse to get moving again.

The Ridgeway crossing Turing Way, Eddington

The nearest crossing to the Eddington Avenue junction.

Link from Huntingdon Road to Madingley Road, Cambridge

Cyclist on The Ridgeway from Eddington towards central Cambridge

No motor vehicles as a rule - but there's still a reminder to look out for cyclists and joggers

Footpath and cycle route

Diversion via footpath (perfectly fine for cycling)

New partially complete Green End Road cycleway already getting some use. Nice. https://t.co/cqKVebqklj

Surprisingly this delivery driver chose to stop jutting out into the carriageway rather than blocking the cycleway.

Oh dear, just spotted these wheelbenders on the otherwise excellent West Cambridge site.

One of the bikes I turned upside down in September last year is still there at the end of March, see #102763

Gaffer tape used to repair bollard found discarded at #106943.

Trumpington Pavilion

Route signage to Cambridge North.

Vehicle parked overhanging the cycle parking buildout (which has lost its protective bollard) - making it harder for us to wheel our bikes in and out of the house.

Bollard damaged and lying in a nearby bush. Reported at: https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=00311822 Reference: 00311822 Update: a week later I notice it had been repaired with gaffer tape, see #107112. But also on ... [more]

Two's company Trumpington Street, Cambridge

A child's bike-sized rack among the cycle parking in this play area.

Saturday afternoon and used Mobikes cluster around the Grand Arcade entrance.

A car transporter parked across the footway and cycle lane.

Cambridge North signed.

Silting up due to failed drainage.

Foot access to Coldham’s Common.

Good use of space at King's College School - though I'd have put the cycle stands in at a slight angle.

The junction has been resurfaced and repainted and cycle lights have been added at the crossing over Chaucer Road - it doesn't really change anything for cyclists on NCN route 11, though.

Contraflow cycle lane to Cambridge Biomedical Campus - on the 'wrong' side of the normal lane with the traffic flow.

Imaginative use of space at Cambridge Biomedical Campus - but access (back right) is a bit tricky.

Permissive bridleway from Trumpington Meadows to Grantchester Road and Trumpington

Unsigned but useful link from Trumpington to the routes across Trumpington Meadows

Unsigned but useful link from Trumpington to the routes across Trumpington Meadows

Need for cycle parking on this street.

NCN11

Cycle parking at the Chisholm Trail site office.

Cutting the sod: a ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Chisholm Trail, and in particular the Abbey-Chesterton bridge. Jim Chisholm (lead campaigner, Camcycle), a BBC reporter and Lewis Herbert (leader Cambridge City Council ... [more]

Upper Gwydir Street: Chalked colours in the double-yellow lines.

Workstand at the New Museums Site

Five months after I upturned that Raleigh bike it's still there, see #102763.

Early work on the Chisholm Trail.

Horrible racks - difficult to get the bikes in and provide no secure anchor point. Awful.

Wheelbenders in a corner of a development.

Nice graphic but rubbish cycle parking just off Cherry Hinton Road. Difficult to secure the bike to the racks, and little support for the bike - risk of wheel bending. Putting them by the bins adds insult to injury! Very poor effort indeed ... [more]

Bikes and bins: Cycle parking in residential area. It ought to be possible to make a much better job of this. Basic "Sheffield Stands" like these are much better than the wheel benders of old, but bikes don't lean to them very well wi ... [more]

No motor vehicles - much better for cycling now (compare #4366 and #4362) the chicanes are absent, but violation by mopeds mean residents are asking for physical measures.

Arbury Road cycleway

Bus stop built into the cycleway on Arbury Road.

Arbury Road cycleway

Arbury Road cycleway

Arbury Road cycleway

Warning signs about the combined cycle and pedestrian crossing.

Arbury Road cycleway

Arbury Road cycleway

Tiger crossing on Arbury Road.

Raised table on Arbury Road.

Arbury Road cycleway (This is aligned with the Mere Way - an ancient route.)

Arbury Road cycleway

Arbury Road cycleway

Gauging the width of the cycleway - the bike is 1.8m.

Arbury Road, Cambridge with an almost two metre wide cycleway.

Van parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Van parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Van parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Two vans parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Van parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Delivery truck parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Van parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Van parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Car parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Van parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Van parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Van parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Car parked on a contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Car parked on contraflow cycle lane outside Revolution bar on Downing Street.

Van parked on contraflow cycle lane at rush hour

Van parked on contraflow cycle lane

Van blocking the contraflow cycle lane

Delivery truck parked on contraflow cycle lane

Van parked on the contraflow bike lane on 21 July 2018 at 8.28am

This is an old postcard from the much lamented Postcard Shop that used to be on Magdalene Street. (Perish the thought of anyone even considering this...)

Having a tidy up, I found this. It must date from before 2002, but look what we could have had.

Climate Extinction event starting at Reality Checkpoint. Participants being advised to follow traffic rules. More photos of the event: https://twitter.com/cyclestreets/status/1098571295262937088

Workstand under the Raised Faculty building.

Cyclists must give way to rejoin the road they were on before they joined this cycleway.

Nothing here to warn drivers of the cycleway merging onto the road just beyond that big sign.

Cycle parking and car storage area, next to wide cycleway.

New shared use cycleway on Fulbourn Road. Width measured here: 4.0m

Semi segregated cycleway on Fulbourn Road. Width: 1.9m, or 2m if the kerbs are included.

Informal crossing of Fulbourn Road from the shared-use cycleway to the Peterhouse Technology Park.

A dead-end footway. Presumably this was intended as a connection with Cherry Hinton Recreation ground at the time this housing estate was built - but for some reason the link was never opened.

Conceptual cross-section for Chesterton Road with protected cycleway, separate footway, and an avenue of trees in planted grass verges.

Official sign suggesting bikes should be attached to these railings adjacent to the car storage area. Workable, but pretty shabby offering here by Cambridge City Council. Sign lectures: WARNING Please do not fix bikes this side w ... [more]

Nice looking cycleway here - but follow it and it gives up near the junction ahead. Also that sign on the left has the transport modes the wrong way round (but at least it is off the path).

Cycle route signage towards Fulbourn.

Estimating the width of this shared use cycleway using the iPhone measure app. Width shown is 2.83m but add about 76cm for the manhole cover. Width of shared use cycleway: 3.5m

Cambridge Water are doing some work here and this notice is an instruction not to park bikes in this area. However, there's no indication how long this is going to go on for. ETA: Whatever they were doing, it's finished now.

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