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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.

Great cycle parking at Institute for Manufacturing (as you might expect): * Sturdy well-spaced racks * Covered * Lit * Near the main entrance * Message: you're welcome when arriving by bike

The key to this map says blue dashed lines are "Signed primary network separate from traffic". So why are developers putting up no entry signs as per https://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/87701/?

The UK's largest and most prestigious cycle hub incorporating 3,000 cycle parking spaces over three floors at Cambridge Station. http://www.falco.co.uk/projects/the-uks-largest-cycle-hub-opens-at-cambridge-cyclepoint-incorporating-3000- ... [more]

Access route from Moss Bank to Cambridge North Station under construction in February 2017.

Construction of pedestrian and cycle access from Moss Bank to Cambridge North Station, in February 2017.

Another example of how this junction design needs to be revisited. And why the whole of this place stinks of car fumes. The pollution here is so bad it utterly stinks!

Just after Cambridgeshire County Council's Planning Committee unanimously approved the Abbey-Chesterton foot / cycle bridge.

The Bike Depot

An old 8-freight frame is used to point the way to The Bike Depot.

Camcycle's new offices at the Bike Depot in North Chesterton

Cambridgeshire County Council Planning Committee, where the Chesterton/Abbey Bridge is being determined.

These "No Entry" signs appeared whilst Wilton Terrace was being demolished and there was restricted access at the other end. However, that's long over and there's plenty of space now. So are these signs still up to dissuade people cycli ... [more]

Roseford Road towards Kingsway

A cycling and walking bridge is proposed to run adjacent to this railway bridge. I cycled here from the opposite bank and then back: Ditton Meadows to Chesterton 1.1 miles, time: 7:14 https://www.strava.com/activities/867223169 C ... [more]

Cycle parking and recycling at Kingsway.

Major Event signage three weeks in advance.

Springfield Road with contra-flow sign.

Cambridge kerb cycleway on Arbury Road.

Cambridge kerb raised cycleway on Arbury Road

Cambridge kerb style raised cycleway on Arbury road.

Impressive cycle-zebra at Arbury Road.

The university library (known as the U-L) lit up with some projected lighting which flashed up 600 at the e-luminate festival.

Castle Hill

Cycle parking quickly fills up at the West Road concert hall.

The wife says the cranes remind her of the War of the Worlds as we head over the busway maintenance track into the Addenbrooke's site.

Palmer's Walk cycling being pushed to be banned. Local residents pushing for banning, at the Members' Steering Group, February 2017.

New flatter, wider path on Midsummer Common - hopefully should be less pedestrian conflict.

Compare #87264 and #87265. It looks like they put compacted sand down to repair the path. I'm unsure whether this is a good thing or not.

St. Andrew's Street, Cambridge

Roadworks on Trumpington Road - which I think are here to install a new cycleway.

No cycle parking here at all as far as I could see. There is a new-ish (and very good) café here, so it could really do with some.

Surely some of the worst illegal parking ever seen in Cambridge. And less than 100m from the police station. No thought for pedestrians or wheelchair users whatsoever. When will the police take this widespread problem around Cambridge serio ... [more]

Surely some of the worst illegal parking ever seen in Cambridge. And less than 100m from the police station. No thought for pedestrians or wheelchair users whatsoever. When will the police take this widespread problem around Cambridge serio ... [more]

Barriers on Histon Road to Borrowdale path which prevent its use by larger bikes eg. cargo bikes and bikes adapted to carry children.

Fencing on the Arbury Court to Leys avenue cycle route which prevents its use by larger bikes eg. cargo bikes and bikes adapted to carry children.

Barriers on Leys Avenue - Arbury Court cycleway which prevent its use by larger bikes (cargo bikes and some child carrying bikes).

Sunshine Posho

Camcycle stall near Chesterton co-operative.

This entrance to the Friends Meeting House nicely doubles as motor vehicle storage.

Bollard on narrow stretch of City Road where it joins Prospect Row by the Free Press (pub on left). Bollard and kerbs make this an awkward corner.

Bollard on narrow stretch of City Road near Free Press. Is this really needed and could it be positioned better?

Three different bollards at the eastern end of the Carter Bridge. From the left: an old wooden one, a relatively recent white painted concrete one and an old metal one.

Three old wooden bollards on Gresham Road. The red bands are wearing away and at night these are almost invisible.

Cautiously encouraged to see the path getting attention at last. This shows most of the section that's being dealt with. See also #87264

Cautiously encouraged to see this path finally getting some attention. I'm assuming this is not the final surface to be put on this path and that it will match the rest of the foot/cycle path.

Useful segregated shortcut between Rotherwick Way and Field Way. Thankfully the ridiculous pram arms have been removed since #12389 was taken in 2008.

Rotherwick Way

Filtered permeability in Rathmore Road.

Filtered permeability in Rathmore Road.

Two bikes were left here by a couple of friends (aged 16) on Friday. On Monday evening when they came to collect them only one remained. It had been secured with this cable and padlock. The D-lock had been added by the owner's mother at the ... [more]

The new cycle paths on Hills Road are great, but until I found myself trying to recommend a route for a 16 year old to get past the massive roundabout at this major entrance to Addenbrooke's I hadn't realised the big gaps in provision. T ... [more]

End of cycle route, start of towpath

These bollards between the towpath and the shared use pavement seem to be in a strange place - wouldn't they be better next to the cars? Which side am I supposed to go? The right side is too narrow, especially when encroached on by cars as ... [more]

Pavement parking continues to be a problem at the entrance to the towpath, despite new double-yellows.

New speedbumps look somewhat similar to the old ones, and are just as effective at slowing Transit vans.

Eastern end of the new cycleway, looking west. There is a flush drop-kerb here which makes it easy to join the cycleway.

Eastern end of the segregated cycleway - the pavement is shared use after this point.

These vehicles are parked illegally - the double-yellows aren't being enforced yet.

They're going to need some bollards here to stop vehicles using the flowerbed as a shortcut.

End of the new off-road cycleway.

New cycle access at Water street/Water Lane junction

Widened short cut

Van parked on the pavement - complete lack of enforcement here

This car park is almost always unused - surely there are better uses of space

Congestion

Bidvest lorry parked illegally on the pavement - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUjJQowW1cw

"When I left my bike today there was not a single space in the bike racks"

CUP building, a familiar landmark from the train, being demolished

Parking, used by commuters, needs to be removed here on what is now a major cycle route

Parking, used by commuters, needs to be removed here on what is now a major cycle route

Very poor road surface as new cycle park is being constructed

Congestion

Deliveroo bicycles appearing

Proof that free on-street car parking is massively under-valued

Burrell's Walk - a very pleasant cycle route to West Cambridge

Burrell's Walk - a very pleasant cycle route to West Cambridge

Burrell's Walk - a very pleasant cycle route to West Cambridge

Burrell's Walk - a very pleasant cycle route to West Cambridge

Burrell's Walk - a very pleasant cycle route to West Cambridge

Burrell's Walk - a very pleasant cycle route to West Cambridge

Burrell's Walk - a very pleasant cycle route to West Cambridge

Burrell's Walk - a very pleasant cycle route to West Cambridge

Burrell's Walk - a very pleasant cycle route to West Cambridge

Tesco unloading in a completely inappropriate way, blocking the inner ring road and the cycle lanes

Parking here monopolising the space, despite being an important cycle route

Temporary cycle parking area at Cambridge station

Congestion

Lots of space at this junction for proper cycle provision - instead the junction remains very hostile

Cycling across the bridge

Cambridge Cycling Campaign social at CB2

Al posting Cambridge Cycling Campaign's election survey

Where double-stacker racks go to die

Clearly the presence of a van blocking visibility has no effect on safety, resulting in a sign being needed

Hustings event for the 2015 General Election

Hustings event for the 2015 General Election

Hustings event for the 2015 General Election

Hustings event for the 2015 General Election

Hustings event for the 2015 General Election

Hustings event for the 2015 General Election

New restaurant but no cycle parking being provided

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