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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.

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

No doubt there really was a reason why the police car couldn't park slightly further up to avoid blocking the pavement

Cambridgeshire County Council gritter

Cycle parking outside a pub

Residential cycle parking

Terrible placing of a sign, blocking the pavement

Ice rink construction breaking planning permission - should be much further away from the path

Cycle parking has been removed

Toni's Ices van blocking this congested area - it is supposed to be sited further up

Haart car parked illegally on the pavement

Making Space for Cycling being posted to Councillors

Tesco unloading in a slightly hazardous way

Contraflow cycle symbol aims to make drivers aware of oncoming cycles

Plenty of space here for proper cycle tracks, to avoid having a poor-quality shared-use pavement

Cycle path closed during works

Cycle path closed during works

Plenty of space here for proper cycle tracks, to avoid having a poor-quality shared-use pavement

Plenty of space here for proper cycle tracks

Cycle parking at Cambridge station, just before its removal

Cycle parking at Cambridge station, just before its removal

Changes happening at Cambridge Station to facilitate temporary cycle parking during works

Changes happening at Cambridge Station to facilitate temporary cycle parking during works

New cycle parking at Chemistry - a useful improvement, but still more needed

Voting at a Council meeting

Milton Road: rather than having proper Dutch-style cycle tracks, car parking next to a shared-use pavement takes priority

Hustings event organised by Camcycle

Hustings event organised by Camcycle

Insecure cycle parking at King's College

Klaas tries out the new cycle parking

This cycle parking has been improved to make locking the frame easier

Cycle parking

Not possible to get to the ASL safely - terrible road layout

This temporary pedestrian space shows there is space for a proper cycleway on Lensfield Road

Very badly-parked bicycle

Think! advert from the government

Think! advert from the government, reinforcing stereotypes that only cyclists sometimes don't stop at red lights illegally

Cycle parking

A pleasant route to West Cambridge

Are traffic lights really necessary on such a small street?

Tesco unloading in an illegal and dangerous manner - just at a pinch-point, in a cycle lane

Tesco unloading in an illegal and dangerous manner - just at a pinch-point, in a cycle lane

Cycle parking needed outside the pub

Plenty of space for a contraflow - cars will have to queue single-file

Zizzi using bicycles for advertising

Sign blocking the pavement

Not possible to get to the ASL safely - terrible road layout

Not possible to get to the ASL safely - terrible road layout

Kingston Street often has illegal pavement parking

Parking space takes up space for what should be a proper cycle track in this area with hazardous traffic

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