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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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Latest photos of the area

See also a full list of photos in this area.

Is this the official Tourist Information cargo bike?

There have been some repairs to the disaster that is Station Road in Cambridge - it remains to be seen how well they last.

There have been some repairs to the disaster that is Station Road in Cambridge - it remains to be seen how well they last.

Advanced cycle lights have appeared at the Station Rd/Hills Road junction - with a surprisingly long period before the main light turns green.

Lengthy queues on (traffic-calmed) Grange Road due to closure of the A1134.

The A1134 is closed for 8 days - there's passage for pedestrians but nothing for cyclists as such.

The PCR testing centre has been here for 10 months now and they still haven't thought about cycle access and parking.

☹️ @MillRoadCambs https://t.co/jgh0bWOQrB

Leaves on the busway cycleway.

Shared use footway near the A10.

A10 shared use footway.

Cross entrance road from the M11 at the A10 roundabout.

Cross over the M11 exit from the roundabout.

Crossing the roundabout slipway M11 exit.

Barriers at the railway underpass on Coldhams Common. Gate, passable width: 78cm. Cattle Grid width: 125cm.

Bins occuping the footway at night.

No left turn, except cycles - but the problem is that Hemingford Road has not been modified to accept contraflow cycling. See also #103577.

Measuring the width of the newly surfaced paths on Coldhams Common. Width 3.6metres.

Two or three holes on Station Road have been marked in yellow for repair - which is a total insult to all of us who have to tackle the road on anything less than a full-suspension mountain bike.

Two or three holes on Station Road have been marked in yellow for repair - which is a total insult to all of us who have to tackle the road on anything less than a full-suspension mountain bike.

As expected, the bodged repair (#166488) is falling apart.

I'm not sure why you'd place a modal filter so close to a speed hump, but anyway, it's now been made permanent.

The modal filter on Luard Road is still marked as experimental although the scheme has been made permanent (also the one on Bateman St).

Completed cattlegrid and gates north of the railway underpass

Completed cattlegrid and gates north of the railway underpass

Preparations for crossing of Cheney Way - and realignment of kerb?

Large space on west side of Cheney Way junction

Widened (?) path heading towards Cheney Way

Fence and gate at cattlegrid south of the railway underpass look finished

They've made a start on the fence at the cattlegrid north of the railway underpass

Still a bit of work to be finished on the surface of the new bridge

New bridge over brook in the Common is open, both temporary bridges have gone

Roadside steel fence above underpass south portal

Present state of the south compound at Newmarket Road. (The portacabins have been relocated near the road - not removed.)

Roadside steel fence (not really a 'crash barrier') above underpass north portal

Wooden fence at top of underpass north wing wall

Wooden fence going up on the south bridge ramp, and in the distance work ongoing on surfacing the Trail

Histon Road and Gilbert Road approaching the Cyclops junction.

Warwick Road meets Histon Road and Gilbert Road at the Cyclops junction.

Warwick Road meets Histon Road and Gilbert Road at the Cyclops junction. The low level signals have to be activated by pressing a button.

Warwick Road meets Histon Road and Gilbert Road at the Cyclops junction.

Warwick Road meets Histon Road and Gilbert Road at the Cyclops junction.

King’s Parade, Cambridge in early November 2021. People sitting on the wall and at outdoor tables having luncheon.

Sinkhole in the middle of Mill Road outside number 156. Reported at: https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=00381396.

Elizabeth Way roundabout subway entrance from Elizabeth Way.

Elizabeth Way roundabout subway from Newmarket Road (western entrance) to East Road.

Shared use under pass of Elizabeth Way. See also video at https://twitter.com/simon_nuttall/status/1457827862703222790

The bridge is 'same width as path' (or, strictly, path is going to be same width as bridge): it's ~3.5m wide on the approach.

Various bits of wooden fence now installed above underpass wing walls.

Short stretch of wooden fence now installed at edge of realigned brook.

Surprised and rather delighted that a leaflet delivered door to door is about Cycle Theft. For a monthly fee they offer GPS tracking and 24/7 recovery for your bike or ebike. Some video testimonies on their website: https://www.backp ... [more]

Constructing the replacement bridge for the Chisholm Trail on Coldhams Common.

Unused double decker racks at a new development.

Riders coming from behind the camera wanting to follow straight on need to cut the corner shown where the bike is parked. See https://twitter.com/frankshad/status/1450527117914087440?s=21

King Street cargobike parked

Hidden racks sign from the cycleway on site right, very poorly placed.

New route signs on Coldhams Common.

New route signs on Coldhams Common.

New route signs on Coldhams Common.

Improved fencing around the cattle grid.

Cycle parking stands looking for a home after the close of Park Street Cycle Park.

Barriers near the Cadent gas main works on Addenbrookes - Great Shelford Cycleway blown over and blocking cycleway. There is a small sandbag threaded through every sixth barrier but that didn't work!

'Bird mesh' above jetty looks OK. (Not yet fitted on north side)

The bridge will line up reasonably well with the path beyond

Another slight adjustment for the orientation of the bridge

Looks like this bridge may get wooden railings

First pieces of the bridge are now in place

Just washing, or applying some special brew (sealant, fungicide, ...) ?

North bridge ramp, steps, etc beginning to look quite tidy

As expected, installation of bird mesh involves removal of the tall wooden fence that's been making it more difficult to spy on progress

Signs of a slight rethink about the orientation of the bridge in the middle of the common

Signs of a slight rethink about the orientation of the bridge in the middle of the common

The ironwork clunks loudly when the wheels of the bus roll over it. See #175269.

The ironwork here has become springy. It is possible to stand on one corner of it and the ground bounces when you push on it with your feet. But when bus goes over it then it emits a very loud clack, see video at #175270. There's already ... [more]

Alignment of the new bridge is shortest/easiest crossing of the brook, and not great for sightlines and continuity of the path.

A short stretch of the path on the common is very narrow while they work to lay out the edge of the new alignment.

Handrail in place on north bridge steps, concrete detail fettling apparently still in progress.

Trail is not yet surfaced at the bend near the footpath/footbridge crossing - but work is in progress.

Handrail in place on south bridge steps, beds ready for planting.

Concrete has been poured for the ends of the bridge on Coldham's Common

Concrete has been poured for the ends of the bridge on Coldham's Common

A large rectangular hole in the path alongside the realigned brook: site of next cattlegrid?

Cyclops junction at Histon Road/Warwick Road.

Cyclops junction at Histon Road/Warwick Road

Cyclops junction at Histon Road/Warwick Road junction.

Floating bus stop on south bound Histon Road cycle way.

South approach to underpass is still much less well advanced.

First layer of tarmac done at northern approach to Newmarket Road underpass.

First layer of tarmac done at northern approach to Newmarket Road underpass.

There's quite a lot of detail fettling of concrete in process on bridge ramp and steps.

Trail alongside realigned brook on Ditton Meadow: first patch of tarmac done.

Trail river bridge north ramp: base tarmac done, top layer still to do?

Camcycle is deeply saddened by the death of Anna Garratt-Quinton and one week after her death we placed a ghost bike in her memory. It's time no more lives were lost, no more families left suffering. Please sign our petition to #MakeJunc ... [more]

When I first saw the disappointing final design for the junction of Histon & Victoria Road, this is what I feared would happen. Even worse, it only took me a few minutes to photo a left-hook near-miss example. It's just a matter of time bef ... [more]

Cycle park about to be closed for redevelopment. Bye bye old friend

North approach to underpass and NMR beginning to look reasonably well advanced.

The north compound is beginning to look quite tidy and well-advanced.

The traffic is back on Mill Road :(

Distance measuring wheel.

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