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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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Impressive number of escooters by this bus stop on Mill Road.

They've changed the eastern junction of towpath and diversion. The surface of the new section is loose soft sand: even worse than the coarse stones. They have at least made a start on removing the top surface of the towpath.

There are yellow RIVER FOOTPATH notices in several sensible locations

It looks as if someone else was fed up with the lack of signage for the towpath diversion. The yellow notice on the left says PRIVATE PROPERTY STRICTLY NO ENTRY The one on the right says RIVER FOOTPATH

A new hole in the north footway, revealing substantial electricity cables which I think were not present before.

More digging on the recently reinstated south footway. Both ends of the gas main diversion are now visible, which suggests that this trench could be for gas pipe.

Latest 'improvement' to the signage. Somewhat pointless, since the red&white barrier is visible well before the yellow notice.

Coldham’s Lane cycle bridge from the railway.

Buildings at the back of Cambridge Retail park back on to the railway.

Belfast Yard from the train

Coldham’s Common

Coldham’s Common

Barnwell Road from the train.

Coldham’s Lane from the train.

Footway dug up again, short section of old iron gaspipe removed, other utility ductwork not fairing well. Makes a depressing tale of retrograde progress when seen against,171537,172406/

The narrow stone-covered membrane appears to cover a rainwater drainpipe. There's plenty of room outside it for a good wide path from bridge to towpath.

At least this is unambiguous - even if quite tricky to negotiate and not very visible in the dark.

The only (?) info about the diversion anywhere 'on' Fen road - and I doubt if it is visible from the road.

First 'information' about the closure found when heading east. Absolutely nothing to indicate that there's a bypass.

Mill Road without vast amounts of through-traffic

Mill Road without vast amounts of through-traffic

Mill Road

Effective barrier on towpath means no option during the closure to take the shortcut 'after hours'

Towpath closed, diversion open, for work on the link from Chisholm Trail riverbridge to all points west.

Modal filter on Storey’s Way

Full width dark speed hump.

Lost 🐈‍⬛ Have you seen it? £300 for the painting!

Designated Picnic Area in the service road behind Mill Road's 'Broadway'.

Need for racks in Great Eastern Street.

The area around the new cattlegrid north of the railway underpass is surfaced - but fence and gate not yet added.

Realigned path north of the railway underpass is surfaced and open.

I don't see much recent change on the north bridge ramp.

The rightangle turn between fences looks rather tight.

The northern end of the diversion around the compound doesn't look great.

Could this be the beginning of work to realign the brook through the south compound? I couldn't see enough to judge.

Towpath diversion around the north compound for Chisholm Trail work looks OK at the river end.

Bunting in Bridge Street

Girton Youth Project’s graffiti promises a brighter future for walls and people. There are some useable racks here, and some poor ones, see #172429.

Bicycles face the rack at Woodlands Surgery. Better racks are nearby at #172430.

New cattlegrid finished, old grid and gate removed.

Progress on the realigned junction north of the railway underpass

Work hasn't started on the brook crossing. Diversion still in use.

Long stretch of newly-widened path for Chisholm Trail open. Surface is good.

New water main buried (but not yet connected), footway part-reinstated. Some other ducts not in great shape.

This section of the widened path across Coldhams Common is now open.

Voi escooters and ebikes in Ditton Walk, Cambridge

Robot outside the Empress pub, Cambridge See #172332

Robot delivery in St Philip’s Road, Romsey, Cambridge

Informal parking on Mill Road, now there is no traffic to block

Lower traffic on Mill Road

Mill Road for People talking to passers-by

Cafés in the evening on Mill Road

Parent with children cycling on Mill Road, now it’s safer

A nice feature on the cycle route from Cherry Hinton to Cambridge

Missing sign - the cycle route to central Cambridge turns right here.

This is crazy - telling cyclists to turn right across the Cambridge ring road, rather than using the light-controlled crossing at the Mill Road junction.

Very faded cycle symbol, leading directly to a large tree.

This is crazy - telling cyclists to turn right across the Cambridge ring road, rather than using the light-controlled crossing at the Mill Road junction.

After how many months? - still no indication that Mill Road bridge is open, except to motor vehicles.

Voi scooters and bikes have reached Cherry Hinton

The cycle route from Fulbourn to Cambridge crosses the road here, but there's absolutely no signage.

The cycle route to Fulbourn crosses the road here, but there's absolutely no signage.

The new crossings at the Robin Hood junction are pedestrian-only, largely because so little space has been provided in the middle. Single-stage crossings would have been fine for cycling.

The new crossings at the Robin Hood junction are pedestrian-only, largely because so little space has been provided in the middle. Single-stage crossings would have been fine for cycling.

Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway sign and a protected transition to the on-road cycle lane.

Another Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway sign - but the shared-use path definitely continues for a while around the corner to the left.

Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway sign approaching the new Robin Hood junction - a cycle symbol and arrow on the ground would help.

There's a shared-use route on the far side of the road, but the route from the Robin Hood junction on this side just seems to vaporise.

It's not clear what happens here to the new shared-use path from the Robin Hood junction.

Cycle parking on this side only, but not interfering with the cars, of course.

Link to the Fulbourn Road service road - not needed much now that there's a segregated cycleway on Fulbourn Road.

Three cyclists (two separate groups) oblivious of the wide new cycleway.

Single-stage toucan crossing linking to the cycle route to Mallets Road

Just another car-focussed housing development.

No Cycling sign, and no dropped kerb - but there's nothing at the far end to say cycling isn't allowed.

The pram handles have gone, and now there's a DIY No Motorcycles sign.

Permeability, of a sort - there's a link from the new housing development but only to the pedestrian route. There should be a gap in the barrier to the cycle route.

Crossing to the cycle route to Mallets Road - unlike the new crossings at the Robin Hood junction, this is a clear single-stage cycle crossing.

Just another car-focussed housing development.

I don't know what the shared-use sign refers to - the red route should really be cycles only and in the other direction.

Still no change at the aborted cattlegrid south of the railway underpass

There will be a new cattlegrid north of the railway underpass. It's not alongside the old one.

The widened path for the Chisholm Trail now has the finished surface for much of the section between the railway underpass and the brook crossing.

Topsoil reinstated for Barnwell Meadow, and a reasonably clear space for further work on the Chisholm Trail approach to the underpass - but still a Newmarket Road lamp post to be reinstated.

One sidewall of the north steps to the Chisholm Trail river bridge has been cast.

Shouldn't there be fines for drivers of cars which are too wide for their parking spaces?

There's a clear need to take a car-parking space to provide cycle parking for the Hills Road Co-op.

Anglia Ruskin University cycle cull notice

Improved alignment of path junction north of the railway underpass

Widened path levelled and nearly ready for tarmac

Old surface of path on Coldham's Common planed off, material distributed to new width.

The approach from the cafe site to the new bridge looks to be mostly finished

Backfill over the underpass dug up again for reinstatement of the water main. Pipe in situ but not yet connected.

Beginning to reinstate Barnwell Meadow soil north of the Chisholm Trail underpass

@camcycle Tenison Road now. The message about that signage still not getting through to contractors

Bad pothole on Tennis Court Road

A good gentle slope brings the cycle lane up to footway level at the bus stop - but without zebra stripes

New motor-traffic sign. The aircraft symbol that could be mistaken for a direction arrow isn't new, but is at least a bit less confusing this time. Interesting that eastbound traffic on Cherry Hinton Road is encouraged to turn south onto ... [more]

The "advisory redundant sign lane"

Looks like a bit of the transition from compound back to meadow is under way

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