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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.

Promotion by a Mexican style restaurant to win a bike.

Continuation markers on the Cambridge south-east cycle route.

Directional signage on the shared-use path.

Riders at the start of the cycle history tour of Cambridge.

Bikes parked outside the Leper Chapel during the Cycle History tour of Cambirdge

Recently installed cycle parking at Cambridge United football ground.

Recently installed cycle parking at Cambridge United Football Ground.

Cycle history tour of Cambridge rides along the recently traffic-calmed Cromwell Road.

Lots of bikes parked outside this pub decorated in anticipation of a world cup football match.

Barriers at all pedestrian entrances to Tesco Newmarket Road, causing conflict between cyclists and pedestrians, who must cross each other's paths, blocking access to the disabled and users of mobility scooters, pushchairs, bike trailers, p ... [more]

The Empress pub painted up in anticipation of England v Germany in the South African World cup. Lots of bicycles parked all over the place. See 'after' #23824.

Once a weeks shopping has been stored in panniers + rack + rucksack it is impossible to pass these stupid obstacles. What does Tesco's think how you get shopping for a family of four home on a bike???

During the morning peak with large numbers of commuters and school children cycling in both directions this gap is redicoulessly narrow, as it lets only one cyclist (only one direction at a time) through. All other parts have bollards, this ... [more]

Oh; it's one of those Cyclehoop thingles.

LT57 YLM dealing with something on St Andrews Street. No driver and no hazards, but (also) no waiting and no loading; note the kerb markings. Don't Santander have access 'round through the bus station that G4S could use on deliveries?

This taxi driver has managed to obstruct two cycle lanes simultaneously

Looking east along the green corridor. Path width drastically reduced by overgrown verges to 1.5m high *(and beyond!)

What the path should look like- though the very edges could do with tidying up to reclaim all the tarmac

Looking east along the green corridor. Path width drastically reduced by overgrown verges to 1.5m high *(and beyond!)

Bodged extensions presumably to stop cattle wandering off the fen.

Bodged extensions presumably to stop cattle wandering off the fen.

Potholes where vehicles give way on Brookside

Rather bodged repairs (see #22152) [done properly by August 2011]

Stacks of old bikes and half-finished projects - bits could be salvaged.

Stall - clothes rail and sample tee-shirts.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign stall storage area. Piles of old newsletters and Cycling 2020 brochures.

This would be a great place for a cycle counter. i've seen them in Copenhagen and they rock

Cycle Cambridge - Look over your shoulder campaign to encourage cyclists to make the most of the 'lifesaver look'.

This is the campaign's original stall - ingeniously constructed from a wallpaper pasting table. This is its final appearance in this form before being recycled. (Actually I saved it from recycling as it is still jolly useful.)

These railings could be replaced with proper Sheffield stands

When they decided not to install cycle parking at the new entrance to the Botanic Gardens they must have known people would clutter the area outside rather than park at the former entrance.

Sunday lunchtime at the Botanic Gardens - car with disabled permit (left) and cars parked in advisory cycle lane (right) creating an unpleasantly narrow road for two-way traffic.

A participant on the Ride for Joy 2

'Participants' on the Ride for Joy 2

Participants on the Ride for Joy 2

Participants on the Ride for Joy 2

Participants on the Ride for Joy 2

Participants on the Ride for Joy 2

Participants on the Ride for Joy 2

Starting the Ride for Joy 2

Ride for Joy poster on a participant's bike

The minimalist. A fixie, no mudguards, no paint, no chain guard, a very short front brake cable, and a small lock.

Picnic at the end of the ride for joy 2.

TK Maxx offering free rides to their new store in Market Street, Cambridge

New system of street maps now on the streets of Cambridge. The maps are oriented the same way up as the way you are facing - rather having North = up.

The four lamps roundabout during the Ride for Joy 2.

The Ride for Joy 2 engages the four lamps roundabout.

The Fen Causeway

Ride for Joy 2

Ride for Joy rolls again!

New cycle parking outside the new Co-op on Chesterton Road

AV03 SXR parked-up and dealing with matters most probably important. Any inexperienced cyclist could easily get injured overtaking here, especially as that pedestrian crossing is island'd.

Two cars blocking the Milton Road bus and cycle lane. silver BMW 3-series T387 HTR, was reported as incident CC-19062010-0444 and fined £30!

Three cars blocking the Milton Road bus and cycle, including T387 HTR, a silver BMW 3-series. A cyclists has to pull out into the carriageway while three cars try to overtake with insufficient space.

Three cars blocking the Milton Road bus and cycle, including S384 CPB, a green Mercedes C-class. Two cyclists have to pull out into the carriageway, while a compact car marginally passes the centre line.

Bus and cycle lane on Milton Road blocked southbound, near entrance to Westbrook Centre.

Red Citroen Picasso with number plates YH03 XAX and a silver Skoda Fabia blocking the bus and cycle lane on Milton Road right at a bus stop, while a young cyclist has to pull out into the main carriageway. All this is happening because the ... [more]

Silver BMW 3-series with plates T387 HTR just encroaching a little bit today.

Three cars blocking a bus and cycle lane near a bus stop on Milton Road. Among them the regular Citroen Picasso with number plates AY52 KZH and a red car AG59 LJZ.

Re-fitting the easy-fit inner tube. This photo shows the area of the overlap of the end of the tube and the location of the patched leak.

This is an easy-fit inner tube. Rather than being a circle its a strip of tubing with flattened ends. They are very useful for bikes where its difficult to remove the rear wheel due to the chaincase. However over time it seems that the tube ... [more]

Detecting a slow puncture. See also #23280 and #23281.

(Hmm; quite a bad picture.) New cycle stands at Tesco Express, Kings Hedges. These five A-frames replace six fin-type(?) stands and the Tesco had been stand-less for a long period (several months?) after the resurfacing and landscaping work ... [more]

Play in the street - marked out for hopscotch

Bicycle powered Scalextric track at the bike fair in this case powered by Bits and Macs.

Bicycle powered Scalextric track during the bike fair.

Cycle Cambridge stall in full swing at the bike fair.

This event at the Bike Fair was pure simple fun. The idea was that pedalling the bikes generates electricity that powered the music.By getting on a bike you became part of the band, and these kids seemed to spend hours keeping the music flo ... [more]

Bev makes a smoothie on the Blendavenda stall.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign stall at the Bike Fair on Parker's Piece - promoting the Ride for Joy 2

Wobbly John - against the moonscape of Parker's Piece during the Town and Country fair on Parker's Piece. http://xntrick.co.uk/

Bev blends a smoothie - one of the distractions at the Bike Fair 2010.

The view in the offside rear-view mirror from the driver's seat of a Stagecoach bus. This was taken during an event to share understanding between drivers and cyclists at the bike fair on Parker's Piece.

Close up of the view in the rear view mirror of a Stagecoach bus. This was during an event on Parker's Piece in Bike Week.

This photo is taken from the driver's seat of a Stagecoach bus. It shows the view in the driver's nearside rear view mirror. This was part of the bike fair on Parker's Piece.

This is a poor repair to the roadway. I have tried to get this fixed before, without success. Histon Rd northbound, just north of Gilbert Road, very close to lamppost no 22. It looks fairly harmless, but it is pretty bad (especially in the ... [more]

LG08 HPJ parked in an MCL on Milton Road; north of the Golden Hind junction. I expect better from BT …and the owners of the properties being inspected.

T685 JBV waiting in the Emmanuel Street loading bay; engine off. Knocked on his window, and after a bit of through-window banter involving some gesturing, the driver winded-down his offside window. "Do you want me to bork you?"—what a lov ... [more]

AF09 YCX (black Kia, private hire plate SCDC 473) stopped on St Andrews Street which is covered by a 'no stopping except buses' restriction. Driver didn't care one bit; he winded-up the window and I put my hand on his offside wing mirror to ... [more]

You'd think St John's would know a thing or two about cycle parking, wouldn't you?

Citroen Picasso AY52 KZH is another frequent user of the Milton Road bus and cycle. Reported to Cambridgeshire Police as incident CC-07062010-0560 and reference to the previous incident CC-03062010-0458 - photo #23120

Citroen Picasso AY52 KZH is another frequent user of the Milton Road bus and cycle. Reported to Cambridgeshire Police as incident CC-07062010-0560 and reference to the previous incident CC-03062010-0458 - photo #23120

This car was parked outside the One-Stop, right across the cycle lane, on Sunday at lunchtime.

The last place a cyclist should position himself in is that cycle (once redmac) lane. If a lane is to narrow it shouldn't exist. See also #12047 or #36542.

Possible improvements to the intimidating stretch of very exposed and narrow cycle lane on Newmarket Road near to the Barnwell Road Roundabout. See #12407 We suggest: 1. Removing the left hand traffic lane exiting the roundabout eastbou ... [more]

Cows near the path through Coldham's Common

Video of the north approach to Hills Road Bridge Cycle Path. For more commentary see http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2009/12/hills-road-railway-bridge-cambridge.html

Video of Hills Road Bridge Cycle Path. For more commentary see http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2009/12/hills-road-railway-bridge-cambridge.html

Video of the south approach to Hills Road Bridge Cycle Path. For more commentary see http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2009/12/hills-road-railway-bridge-cambridge.html

Police motorbikes find a place to park.

Visitors Cycle Parking at Cambridge County Council. Not enough spaces, and not enough space between the stands to get a bike on either side.

Inadequate cycle parking results in people locking their bikes to the tree guard.

These cycle racks are almost always full; often people park extra bikes on the edges - more than two per stand. Also the top horizontal bar here is too high, which leads to many bikes being locked to one of the uprights and then falling ... [more]

white van flaunting the parking regulations

Riverboat Georgina at her mooring

Cars regularly park illegally on the cycleway outside Staples at Mitcham's Corner. This is one example.

New cycle lane alongside the University Library

Third afternoon in a row T387 HTR is blocking the Cycle and Bus Lane right before a bus stop on Milton Road. Bus schedule at the top of the photo. TXT response from police: "Good Evening, this is Cambridgeshire Police. Thank you for reporti ... [more]

Third afternoon in a row T387 HTR is blocking the Cycle and Bus Lane right before a bus stop on Milton Road. Bus schedule at the top of the photo. TXT response regarding incident CC-03062010-0458 from the police: "Good Evening, this is Camb ... [more]

Third afternoon in a row BMW T387 HTR is blocking the Cycle and Bus Lane right before a bus stop on Milton Road. This means that buses can't use the bay and can't even get close to the kerb. It also signals to visitors of the shops that it ... [more]

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