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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.

Chisholm Trail river bridge detail

Chisholm Trail river bridge - installation detail with one mechanical fixture and two sliders?

Vanishing Point Cycle lane disappears!

Coldham’s Lane crossing

Narrow Lane on Cambridge Retail Park, and there's a 5 mph sign. (You need to be pretty skilled to cycle as slow as that!)

Narrow cycle lane at Cambridge Retail park with a blue advisory sign that reads: Cyclists use cycle lane only

Narrow cycle lane at Cambridge Retail park.

Cycle lane markings the wrong way round at Cambridge Retail park.

Cycle lane markings the wrong way round at Cambridge Retail park.

Cycle lane markings the wrong way round at Cambridge Retail park.

Appearing point Narrow cycle lane emerges from footway! The opposite of a vanishing point.

Cycle lane markings the wrong way round at Cambridge Retail park.

Vanishing point The white line goes right up to the kerb where there's a lamp post at which point the cyclist disappears!

Cycle lane markings the wrong way round at Cambridge Retail park.

Cycle lane markings the wrong way round at Cambridge Retail park.

Cycle lane markings the wrong way round at Cambridge Retail park.

The narrow cycle lane markings on each side both suggest to ride away from the camera, but this is not a one-way section of the car park.

Access point from the retail park and Newmarket Road.

The narrow cycle lane markings on each side both suggest to ride away from the camera, but this is not a one-way section of the car park.

The narrow cycle lane markings on each side both suggest to ride away from the camera, but this is not a one-way section of the car park.

The cycle marking is facing the wrong way round.

A helpful extra bit of tarmac where this cycleway passes near the supermarket deliveries entrance.

A very useful triangle of tarmac makes this route a little bit more pleasant.

New bit of concrete track on Ditton Fields, possibly to help protect underground pipes.

Coldham’s Common work has started at the entrance from Newmarket Road.

Mill Road

Cambridge Retail Park Advisory sign suggests that cyclists stick to that narrow lane. "Cyclists use cycle lane only" and there's a 5 mph sign.

Newly marked narrow cycle lanes on Cambridge Retail Park. The white line goes right up to that kerb at which point the cyclist vanishes!

Cambridge Retail Park A new narrow cycle lane has been marked out, narrower than the space allocated to the footway. Narrow cycle lanes draw cyclists to the edge of the road where they are less visible to vehicles parking / unparking.

Chisholm Trail river bridge expansion bearing closeup.

Chisholm Trail river bridge showing mounting blocks and first of the thermal expansion bearings.

The three load-bearing blocks, and how they relate to the curved sides, of the Chisholm Trail river bridge.

Western end jetty/bank transition looks 'ready'.

Choice of travel modes at Gonville Hotel.

Gonville Hotel tandems!

Mill Road busgate signage on Brooks Road

Mill Road busgate signage on Perne Road

A bit more progress on the southern bridge abutment

Posts set into river bed - line of reinstated river bank?

Large timber platform adjacent to Chisholm Trail bridge abutment

Largest yet (I think) timber platform on south bank adjacent to Chisholm Trail bridge abutment

What has kept you going during lockdown? Asks a tag on this adbike for resonance-cambridge.co.uk

Need for cycle Parking in Thoday Street.

River bank built up, rolled flat, and immediately covered with chunky timber sections

Good progress on branch line alignment of ncn51-Trail link

river bank was being built up and rolled flat - 7 October

Neat cut in the path isn't new - it was already visible in July, maybe earlier - but it's a bit more noticeable now. I don't think it's the location of the old cattlegrid - that was at the end of the boardwalk.

Small sign for bus gate closure at eastern end of Mill Road bridge

Buses stuck in traffic on Mill Road, before the closure of the bridge to through traffic.

Developer day at Thrive

New planters in Nightingale Avenue.

Something has been built, and covered in plastic sheet, behind the row of piles - but it's not one of the 8 culvert sections which are still waiting in the compound.

Progress on the ncn51-Trail link

Curved sections - perhaps formers to go with shuttering? - in the compound.

28/09/20 Shuttering being erected for more concrete at the bridge approach

New stronger cattle grid replacing one that was quite bent.

Modal filtering due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Modal filtering due the COVID-19 pandemic.

#CamRideHome September 2020

“Stay safe on the bridge - Go by car” say some Mill Road traders. Utterly negative message to be turning away potential customers with. How about campaigning positively instead for improved signage, short-stay customer car parking ou ... [more]

Jetty incomplete - do not enter!

Connection at Ditton Meadows under construction.

Chisholm Trail now has asphalt surface at Barnwell Meadow.

Changes to the row of piles, but no obvious change to the timber platform.

Jetty handrails seem to be finished, except for linking to bridge abutments.

Western end of jetty looking more nearly finished.

Chunky timber (?) sections occupying a plausible location for a culvert for realigned brook under ncn51

Lots of waterproof membrane embedded in the brook fill??

Newly spotted in the compound, an 'asphalt paver'

Dead end signs now in place at experimental modal filters. Just missing an 'Except Cycles' sign although the cycling direction sign is almost as good.

Taller piles, bigger hole, beside eastern end of jetty.

Taller piles, and the hole they contain is beginning to look big enough for a culvert on the new brook alignment. Meanwhile, detailed (cosmetic?) brickwork at the end of the jetty.

No, not digging a hole: material going from the heap and into the hole beyond it. More prep for embankment?

Somewhere in there, I think, is the part of the brook that must be realigned to make room for the embankment towards the Chisholm Trail river bridge

Flowers at the site on the busway two years on from a fatal crash: see #102153 Messages from colleagues, family and friends.

The Silver Street bus gate is now operational full time in both directions - so Cambridgeshire County Council has closed the left-turn lane on Queen's Road. So cyclists (who are allowed to turn left) are forced into what is now a single nar ... [more]

The Silver Street bus gate is now operational full time in both directions - so Cambridgeshire County Council has closed the left-turn lane on Queen's Road. So cyclists (who are allowed to turn left) are forced into what is now a single nar ... [more]

An out-of-control motor vehicle has clearly crossed the cycleway here.

Work to install crossing south of Knightly Avenue development

Work to install crossing south of Knightly Avenue development

Working on installation of crossing south of housing Knightly Avenue development on Babraham Road.

15/09/20 - a bit more progress on ground level for eastern landfall of jetty?

The green sign does give a positive 'Road Open' message.

If you want to close a road except to cyclists, it seems rather counter-intuitive to put the concrete blocks right in the cycle lane. Maybe the permanent fixtures will give a clearer message.

Here we go again... the point of the modal filter is that Bateman St is not closed, it is very much open except at one point to motor vehicles - but Cambridgeshire's highways department can't be expected to grasp that.

I don't know if it's connected to Covid-19, but this cycle parking area at St Mary's School has been cleared out.

Cycle lanes repainted and yellow lines finally added!

Riverbank already cut on 15/08/20 - just for pontoon, or preparation for ncn51 itself?

Piles sunk into riverbed, and excavation behind them being pumped out.

Fresh excavation of river bank where ncn51 jetty will rejoin - and lots of fresh material ready to be put somewhere.

Is the brook between rail and Trail now partly filled in? Look through&beyond the railings.

Years of campaigning by Camcycle have finally paid off! Yellow lines, will mean fines for anyone parking on the pavement have finally been installed. This persistent offender has finally got a ticket.

Years of campaigning by Camcycle have finally paid off! Yellow lines, will mean fines for anyone parking on the pavement have finally been installed.

King’s Parade, basically now pedestrianised.

Corner Davey and Evans sts, Hobart

Cafe / Underpass site work in progress

Plenty of work in progress at the Cafe / Underpass site at Newmarket Road

Good large-radius sweeping curves of the Chisholm Trail on the edge of Ditton Meadows

Thought to be sections for a culvert to contain the stream - in Chisholm Trail compound

Culvert components parked within the Trail compound

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