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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

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Cyclists Dismount at the Fendon Road roundabout roadworks

The Fendon Road roundabout roadworks may be dragging on, but at least the cycle route signs are in place!

Good practice at the Fendon Road roundabout roadworks

Cycle parking at the Perne Road Co-op

Thankfully Cambridge City Council has decided to leave the King's Parade security barrier open for the duration of the Covid-19 lockdown - to avoid impeding emergency services.

Further to #113740, these two extra bike racks seem to have appeared. It's not enough, though.

1. Is there enough room either side? Doesn't look like it. 2. This style of bollard looks too urban for this area. 3. Isn't there a better way to indicate that this path is shared use?

Wow - what a great job, never enjoyed a new bit of tarmac so much! This has made my ride to The Green Dragon bridge even more of a marvellous pleasure. https://t.co/FYockbeTNF

Mobike on a bus stop.

Parallel crossing on Huntingdon Road.

Mobike atop an Adshell bus stop.

Parallel crossing on Huntingdon Road.

Grange Road

Blossom outside Selwyn College on Grange Road.

Sidgwick Avenue on a Tuesday afternoon during the Covid-19 crisis.

Sidgwick Avenue on a Tuesday afternoon during the Covid-19 crisis.

Nonsense sign at the exit from Eddington - there are shared-use routes left and right beside Madingley Road and also on the far side into the university's West Cambridge site.

Unofficial-looking warning ⚠️ to cyclists to use the right-hand lane.

Trumpington Road width measurements left to right. The tape measure in the picture is stretched out to 5 metres. Footway 3.1m Carriageway 12.3m (kerb to kerb) Footway 3.2m Ironwork widths: Drain 0.4m Small one 0.25m Just to left ... [more]

Trumpington Road

Measurements from Botanical Gardens side left to Leys School side right Footway 2.5m Verge 2.0m Cycleway 2.1m Carriageway (both) 6.7m Cycle lane 1.6m Footway 2.6m

For some reason the cycle route sign has been moved to a separate pole behind the one it was on (see #31604) and can't be seen clearly now.

In the Maypole pub after a Camcycle monthly meeting. It's looking like the last time we're in a pub like this for quite a while because of the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency.

Installing a new link to the busway junction

Installing a new link to join into the busway junction

Cambridge busway cycleway during an infrastructure tour.

The type of picture that might appear in the local newspaper when reporting on an infrastructure tour of Cambridge.

Cambridge CyclePoint - a visit on an infrastructure tour. The main problem of this cycle park is no-one wants to pay to maintain it properly. Hence it is dirty, littered with broken racks and has a high rate of cycle theft.

Turning on the green filter light from Tenison Road to Devonshire Road.

A very Cambridge image, on an infrastructure tour visiting the site of the construction of the Abbey-Chesterton bridge forming a key link on the Chisholm Trail.

Turning onto the Carter Bridge.

Filter left onto Devonshire Road.

Turning onto Tenison Road.

Waiting at the Lyndewode Road / Tenison Road crossing.

Cattle grids

Two cattle grids are better than one.

Signed to Cambridge North Station and St. Ives.

Arbury Road on the bit without a cycleway.

Bins standing to attention on St. Philip's Road, and obstructing the footway, the other half of which is allocated to motor vehicle storage.

Folk festival temporary cycle parking.

Folk festival temporary cycle parking area.

Housing development off Cromwell Road - public realm dominated by motor vehicle storage.

Charles Street, Cambridge - when car storage was permitted on both sides of the road.

Construction of the southern support for the Abbey Chesterton Bridge on the Chisholm Trail.

Construction of the northern support for the Abbey Chesterton Bridge on the Chisholm Trail.

Obstructions removed at long last, see #113875.

Barrier free at last! This is the first time I've seen the horrendous barriers that were there see #4025 gone at last!

Cycle parking in front of this smart looking new building in Cambridge’s Station Quarter.

Approach to Francis Crick Avenue crossing (Aug 2019).

Carefully judged to not wholly block either the contraflow cycle lane or the footway.

Bombproof e-trike.

The new "anti-terror" barriers on Kings Parade. I can't help thinking that they were really motivated by a rather cynical desire to make life more awkward for people cycling through the town. The gap is far too narrow for two way cyclin ... [more]

Mill Road visible from Ainsworth Street because the corporation works are a building site.

This looks like a bad translation, which is a shame. It doesn't apply to all the bits of furniture that get used as bike racks on Bridge Street, just the ones there are notices on. ETA: these informal bike stands are being replaced with ... [more]

Camcycle infrastructure tour on Riverside.

Camcycle infrastructure tour on the Cam towpath.

Camcycle infrastructure tour on Green End Road.

Camcycle infrastructure tour on Green End Road.

Camcycle infrastructure tour on Green End Road.

Camcycle infrastructure tour on Arbury Road.

Shared use cycleway into the Trinity Science Park, Cambridge.

Building the mould to hold the Chesterton landing of the Chisholm Trail bridge.

Dear @GreaterCambs (@lewis_herbert, @AidanVdeW) please commit to improving dangerous junctions in the area. Too scared to take on this Newmarket Rd one with my daughter in the child seat today, but it wasn’t much better walking over the a ... [more]

Covered wheelbenders 😟☹️

Chicane

Bizarre signage where a railing has been removed.

After the path has been "fixed"... still full of water filled potholes

After the path has been "fixed"... still full of water filled potholes

After the path has been "fixed" again... still a crater field

The cost of poorly maintained cycling infrastructure... Frame snapped in two at the bottom bracket, from the battering it receives from Newnham's potholes.

Roadworks blocking the Kingston St contraflow route - lots of cyclists are getting past on the footway by the pub.

Devonshire Road - with traffic cushions.

Very dangerous potholes as usual on Station Road. [Fairly slapdash repair by the morning of Monday 16/3/20 - the end of Pothole Watch Week]

Closure for Extinction Rebellion blockade - they're letting cycles through, but they could make it clearer that they're not meaning to block the cycle lane! Cars are diverting via Brookside & St Eligius St as well as Regent St (the signed ... [more]

I've not seen these before so they might be quite old, but the advice on them about how to securely lock a bike is good. Slightly ironic that it's a University initiative given how bad some of their bike parking is, sadly.

These look like new bike racks not far from the shops in this area.

Road closure (except pedestrians and cyclists) due to the Extinction Rebellion blockade at the Trumpington Road roundabouts - it's interesting how much the police and highway authority are going along with it.

Extinction Rebellion blockade at the Trumpington Road roundabouts - they're happy for cycles to pass, but that gap may be a bit overwhelmed on Monday morning.

Extinction Rebellion blockade at the Trumpington Road roundabouts - they're happy for cycles to pass, but that gap may be a bit overwhelmed on Monday morning.

Anyone else think this is good #CherryHintonHighSt cycle infrastructure? No, I don't either. This was put in only a few years ago, and from the road-use it's clear that it's worse than no cyclelane at all. And yet the council are about t ... [more]

Saying Thank You for supporting the @camcycle campaign to remove the barriers at Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Lots of happy appreciative cyclists 😀 https://t.co/gvhOWyxmT6

Useful cut-through for University members

The Bikeman adbike

Vandalism of cable on Riverside Bridge - photo 2 - showing that wire was cut. See: * https://camcycle.cyclescape.org/threads/5133 * https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=0033488

Vandalism of cable on Riverside Bridge - photo 1. See: * https://camcycle.cyclescape.org/threads/5133 * https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=00334889

Curious cycle parking area on Regent Terrace having no racks. I don’t think this is new but it’s the first time I’ve noticed it.

#ExtinctionRebellion blockade of the Royal Cambridge Hotel mini roundabout at the junction of Trumpington Street and Lensfield Road. Lasted about seven minutes before continuing on to The Fen Causeway.

Memorial to Li Wenliang outside King’s College, Cambridge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Wenliang His last words: There should be more than one voice.

Renovated cycling shortcut with smooth hump.

Caution - Toad in Road! We've installed these signs in Stanley Rd (with thanks to @CambsCC) aiming to reduce road mortalities of toads heading to their nearby breeding pond in Feb/March. Want to help local amphibians and reptiles? See @Cand ... [more]

The barriers that caused so much trouble (see #113028) were taken down this morning!

BREAKING NEWS: the CBC barrier is coming down! Thanks to John from @CTCCambridge for this picture and to the many people and organisations who have made this happen. Let's continue to work together to create a better, safer and accessible j ... [more]

I know it's legal to park on the yellow line at weekends, but why is it taken for granted that this means blocking the footway to pedestrians, wheelchair users and people with buggies? Unacceptable.

@IanGManning @camcycle Any idea how we can deal with this blatant illegal parking? It's not isolated, it's parked up here a lot. https://t.co/WZRZZ9MRu6

Bins and bikes dumping ground :-/ Video in this tweet: https://twitter.com/simon_nuttall/status/1222501133488402432?s=20

New cycle stands by the Granta pub

Parking for the new Enterprise car-sharing scheme, Russell Street, Cambridge.

City-centre parking fully occupied by 09.25 - now if only there was a nice covered cycle park where shop staff could leave their bikes, it might be easier for their customers to get in....

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