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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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Cycle contraflow

Parking on pavements and the cycle lane at the new Travelodge. See also #108783. Credit: RL

Parking on pavements and the cycle lane at the new Travelodge. See also #108784. Credit: RL

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, central section. Fence protects rock cages supporting difference in levels of up to about 1.5m. This would need to be stabilised before the path could be widened about 1.5m to boundary fenc ... [more]

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, northern section. Verge and gravel infill by cyclepath - no problem to increase path width!

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, northern section. Fence protects rock cages as ground falls away from the path level (to a maximum of about 1.5m. Widening cyclepath at this point would require stabilisation of this wall.

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, southern section. About 1.5m space available to increase width of cycleway to boundary fence.

Busway cyclepath looking north from corner of Clare College sports ground and along University Press frontage. Plenty of room to widen cycleway.

Busway cyclepath by Clare College sports ground. Almost 1m from edge of path to fence. Could bee used to widen cyclepath if lighting pillars moved.

Busway cyclepath looking north at the corner of Clare College sports ground. A culvert inhibits easy widening of the cyclepath at this point.

Busway north of Long Road underpass. With moving of light pillars and cutting of hedge at least 1.5m could be added to width of busway path.

Busway cyclepath, Long Road underpass, looking south. Path should be re-aligned to improve sight lines through tunnel and junction with access from Long Road by moving away from busway track.

Trumpington cycleway at Long Road underpass. To improve sight wys and prepare for re-opening of southern access from Long Road the line of the path should be moved away from the busway to permit sighting through the tunnel on approach.

Trumpington busway where a culvert narrows options for widening cycle-path at this point.

Trumpington Busway crossing Hobson Avenue. Electrical switchboxes on the edge of the cycle-path would require a lot of work to move for path widening.

Trumpington busway behind Fostar Road looking NE. A short section wheree the graded margin slopes down to the path. Could be dug back and stabilised with rock-cages and light pillars moved to add width.

Trumpington busway looking NE under Shelford Road Bridge. With removal of lighting pillar 1m could be added to the width of the path, even under the bridge.

Trumpington Busway looking NE, behind Cranleigh Close. Over 1m could easily be added to the width of the path by surfacing up to the cages.

Trumpington busway path looking back to Hauxton Road bridge. There is no possibility of widening the path under the bridge but minimal works could add 1m width.

Tight curve on a steep gradient entering the busway path at Trumpington P&R. Could be improved by following line of busway?

Covered cycle parking but using troughs, which make it difficult to secure the bikes.

Bikes dumped outside a neighbours house after the council ignored my abandoned bike reports for months. Note also in the background: motor vehicles parked across the footway and bins causing obstruction.

Station Road has been fixed! with a short stretch of red cycle lane. Let's hope it lasts.

End of May 2019: This abandoned bike is still there in the CyclePoint see ... #102763

Silver Street Bridge

Double-deck visitor/staff (unsecured) parking.

Staff secure cycle parking and reasonable quality access from Robinson Way.

No drop kerb at angled access to staff cycle parking. Likely to cause falls.

Visitor cycle parking at Papworth Hospital entrance. Well spaced and positioned.

Junction of cycleway with bus route. Stainless rods used instead of corduroy slabs. Cyclists are turning as they traverse them.

Variation on corduroy paving using glued-down stainless rods with knurled surface. Looks nice; will it work?

Interesting variation on typical corduroy paving. Stainless bars with knurled surface glued down. Very close to turning zone - will it be slippery in the wet?

Missing drop kerb so cycleway entirely inacessible.

No drop kerb so cycleway inaccessible.

No drop kerb so inaccessible and narrow for shared use.

Missing drop kerb/very high kerb makes cycleway totally inaccessible.

No drop kerb making cycleway to Greenlands totally inaccessible.

Fly parking all over the place at Addenbrooke's

New traffic calming on Devonshire Road, Cambridge - won't this make things worse? Taxis will constantly brake and accelerate, and will also cut in on cyclists to find the smoothest (fastest) route.

The tree roots have got so bad that there's been a collective move by cyclists to riding on the grass

New cycle stands on Station Road, Cambridge, still not in use a month after they appeared.

A Tweed Run number out in the wild.

Cargo bikes galore for the school run Cambridge style.

These chilli style cycle racks add a little cheer to a dreary retail park.

Car storage area near a sofa store.

Covered cycle parking for thirty bikes outside a sofa store on the retail park.

What kind of selfish morons think this is an acceptable place to park a car? This keeps happening, and the police seem uninterested - even though this is about 100m from the police station.

Long row of bike racks outside the entrance to the new Cambridge Mosque. Some lovely planting too has made this area look really good.

Bins in the bike racks.

Still there see ... #102763

Unofficial looking 20mph sign in Devonshire Road.

Cyclists should dismount here, to reach the stands visible in the background - obviously, because that's better than car drivers having to pay attention.

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]

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