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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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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.

Lensfield Road is falling apart, as usual, with gravel being thrown up.

Electric Bike Sales shop

City council staff were working here for a couple of days to create a narrower cycle access from Riverside to Tesco, and create more space for pedestrians. While they have money to do this, the county council is spending virtually nothing o ... [more]

Bike sharing area

@FinKnopsMckim @camcycle Here’s another photo of the situation https://t.co/X2s9x1NQC7

Bike tracks in the mud following a junction remodelling on Riverside in Cambridge. Muscle memory? Cyclists stuck in their old routines? @camcycle https://t.co/C6hzPTc31p

Perhaps I should be more enthusiastic about this kind of hire bike, but I can't help feeling I'd rather the space was taken up by cycle racks instead.

'This cycle rack is to be deliberately left empty' ?

The county council doesn't have the money to fix this broken-up road, but the city council clearly has money for a bit of beautification. Only in disfunctional Britain!

Maybe somebody has noticed that having an unprotected right turn on NCN route 11 right before a roundabout is very dangerous.

Ten spaces in front of the new Royal Papworth Hospital!

At the CamCycle AGM.. there was nothing wrong with this bike rack, but if someone contacts the council someone else has to put a notice on it until someone who's qualified comes out to give it the all-clear...

Coldham’s Common

Workstand at Addenbrooke’s.

These look like rather isolated visitors parking, but we'll see what else appears here.

Footpath (quite rough beyond the bridge) from Clay Farm allotments

Cycle parking already in place in the future Clay Farm allotments

Cycle parking already in place in the future Clay Farm allotments

Start of new path from the Busway across the park between Trumpington and the Biomedical Complex

New white lines and safety warning after a cyclist was killed by a guided bus near here.

Sign for the Bike Station, although (on a Sunday morning) it's not clear where it actually is.

Ramp ('Cyclists Dismount') from the Busway and access to double-decker cycle parking at the new Cambridge Assessment buildings.

Having rebuilt the first half of the path to Chaucer Road, the contractors are now working on the other half.

Yet another pointless End of Cycle Route sign where the segregated cycleway switches to shared-use provision.

Cycleway on Fulbourn Road with priority over side road

Blazing Saddles has closed, but offers a mobile service instead.

Blazing Saddles has closed, but offers a mobile service instead.

I've more or less given up reporting potholes in Cambridge, but this one is bad, with loose stones being thrown around. In addition, if a driver knocked someone down on the zebra crossing they'd get away with it, as any competent lawyer wou ... [more]

After a couple of years of nagging this dreadful stretch of an important cycle route has been resurfaced. But it feels like a hollow victory as the whole of Cambridge now seems to be one conjoined pothole.

Chisholm Trail construction site.

Nicely placed sharrow to get contra-flow cyclists riding well away from car doors. Compare #70403.

The Grand Arcade Cycle Park is closed on New Years day. (The Grand Arcade is closed but Lion Yard is open.) According to the sign the opening hours are: 07:00 to 23:30 Closed all day Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday.

Car parked in the MCL on Kings Hedges Road

After being closed for several weeks, this is now a properly surfaced and drained route

Locks tagged by the council for removal. A week later they were gone.

After being closed for several weeks, this is now a properly surfaced and drained route (no change to the bridge, though).

Tesco breaking 4 laws at once - unloading from the cycle lane, having driven on the pavement, the lorry parked on the pavement and on zig-zag lines.

Why is the shared-use still present?

Not exactly a world-class urban environment with prioritisation of cycling at Cambridge station.

Signs saying Retail customer cycle parking only. Clear indication of high demand. Solution is provide more cycle parking - plenty of space. Instead we get these bossy signs.

Cyclists can turn left without waiting for the lights

Not again... key crossing blocked again for construction.

Emergency ambulances attending addresses in Thoday Street stop in the middle of the road and sometimes remain there for around an hour. Motor traffic is left to stare at the back of the ambulance and there are intermittent toots from some o ... [more]

Unofficial 20 mph signs have been screwed to a telegraph pole and a tree on Thoday Street outside the pub.

New bike repair service, I think

Site for proposed Kings College development

Site for proposed Kings College development

Site for proposed Kings College development

When vehicles park outside our front door it makes it much harder to get the bikes in and out of our hallway.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Strong demand because of the pub. Add three stands, at a 45 degree angle. This would not affect the turning circle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle over the yellow lines. This would not affect the turning circle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. The new ARU building needs cycle parking at the entrance.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle over the yellow lines. This would not affect the turning circle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Should be a cut-through here with cycle parking at the end.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Should be a cut-through here with cycle parking at the end.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. The new ARU building needs cycle parking at the entrance. Land is likely to be private ownership.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Put stands on the buildout or at the end of it. Do this at an angle to avoid bikes going onto the road.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. There used to be a phone box here. Put a bay of 4 stands here, and move the bins slightly. This would provide residential cycle parking for nearby residents.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Ideally convert half a parking space to three sheffield stands. This would avoid bikes blocking the pavement.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Ideally convert half a parking space to three sheffield stands. This would avoid bikes blocking the pavement.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Ideally convert half a parking space to three sheffield stands. This would avoid bikes blocking the pavement.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Cycle parking could be dotted along Rope Walk. There are always unused spaces along here.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Cycle parking could be dotted along Rope Walk. There are always unused spaces along here.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle on the corner over the yellow lines. This would not affect the turning circle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Bikes currently block the pavement here, as shown. Cycle parking opposite by the pub would solve the problem.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Bikes currently block the pavement here, as shown. Cycle parking opposite by the pub would solve the problem.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Long bay of cycle parking next to the pub - 8 stands (16 cycles) could be installed. This would not affect the turning circle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Ideally convert half a parking space to three sheffield stands. This would avoid the bikes shown blocking the pavement.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle on the corner over the yellow lines. This would not affect the turning circle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle on the corner over the yellow lines. This would not affect the turning circle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle on the corner over the yellow lines. This would not affect the turning circle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. The splay is very wide here - a newly-built crossing would be tighter. So put cycle parking where shown.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Add two stands at a 45 degree angle on the corner over the yellow lines. This would not affect the turning circle.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. The combination of the car storage and bikes on the pavement causes blockages. Add cycle parking on one side when the car parking becomes one-side.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Simply place two sheffield stands on this buildout. There are already yellow lines so people aren't allowed to park on the pavement here.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Simply place two sheffield stands on this buildout. There are already yellow lines so people aren't allowed to park on the pavement here.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Residential cycle parking could be provided by placing two stands at an angle, overlapping with where the skip is.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Heavy demand due to the Calverley's. Possibly this turning circle isn't really required here.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Heavy demand due to the Calverley's. Put in place of where the last car is, and shift the car parking along by half a car's width.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. This whole area could be re-designed as an Environmental Improvement project, to be much nicer, with planting, cycle parking, and a bollard instead of the gate.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Heavy demand due to the pub. Put in place of the car at the end, and shift the car parking along by half a car's width.

Possible location for Street Cycle Parking. Heavy demand due to the pub. Put in place of where the skip is, and shift the car parking along by half a car's width.

Convertible space (marked as wheelchair space on the outside) on a Class 700 Thameslink train - there's not quite enough space for a normal bike and a human being, you have to sit with your legs out to the left.

The new GCP/Marshalls cycle barometer - which is only recording cyclists heading towards the town centre. Not sure if this was intended. To clarify - the number recorded does not change when cyclists head to the left, away from the centre.

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