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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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Old-fashioned road layout with poor cycle facility

Road environment

FedEx van parked in contraflow cycleway illegally

An ofo bicycle

An ofo bicycle

Cycle access through this closure point is easier when the barriers are not present - shows how this should be changed to bollards

Cycle access through this closure point is easier when the barriers are not present - shows how this should be changed to bollards

Exhibition on the proposed new Mill Road Depot development

Ofo bicycles

This shows why keeping paths too narrow is worse than providing a proper width

This shows why keeping paths too narrow is worse than providing a proper width

Terrible new barrier at Scott Polar Research Institute, which is not going to be good when students are back in great numbers - should have been bollards instead

No visitor would guess that many of these buses actually go to the city centre, leading to unnecessary use of taxis - complete user interface failure

Chaotic, dangerous environment, on Norfolk Street - should be a ban on parking around the school

Chaotic, dangerous environment, on Norfolk Street - should be a ban on parking around the school

Ofo employees now working in Cambridge

Cycling not permitted in Downing College, but driving is - institutional anti-cycling views

Lorry parked in contraflow illegally

Cycles, buses and taxis only

Is replacement of the car park with a new car park really the best use of space here? Why not house people, and reduce car dependency, instead?

Road surfacing has been replaced incorrectly

The cycleway just disappears here - need continuity through the junction

Hybrid cycle track on Hills Road

Hybrid cycle track on Hills Road

Cycleway being installed

Cycleway being installed

Cycleway needed here

Hybrid cycle track on Hills Road

Hybrid cycle track on Hills Road

Hybrid cycle track on Hills Road

Whilst a café culture is good, the extent of intrusion into pedestrian space is perhaps too high here

Bene't Street

Ramp enabling bypassing of the road

Cycleway

Cycleway

Impassable 'pram arms' form an exclusionary barrier on what is supposed to be a cycle route.

Finally the potholes have been fixed and surface smoothed out in preparation for the opening of the Ridgeway.

Cycling along the river

Cycling along the river

Beacon Rise on Harvest Way - no visitor cycle parking at this new development

In the two houses on the right, the garages have been converted into living space.

Ideal spot for cycle parking which would serve Cherry Trees (see #92092), as well as local residents. This new car storage location has been unused for months.

There are two sets of bollards like this on the cycle path leading to Newmarket Road Tesco

There are two sets of five bollards like this, one after the other.

One of a series of bollards at Newmarket Road Tesco

One of a series of bollards on the cycle path by Tesco Newmarket Road

Excellent subvertising during the CB1 works, providing social commentary on reworkings of public space

"Tesco needs smaller lorries" - CEN, March 16, 2013. This is exactly what we warned about. This resident is probably unaware of the huge campaign against the store in 2007-9.

Martin with a colourful bike

Simon with a colourful bike

Cycle parking needed here at Queens' College

Chaotic parking in this area

Raising awareness in 2014 of Sainsbury's plans to remove public pavement for a pavement for their own convenience

Raising awareness in 2014 of Sainsbury's plans to remove public pavement for a pavement for their own convenience

Unnecessarily narrow cycle lane - could easily be widened

Very dangerous cycle lane - put in the dooring zone. Exactly the place you should NOT cycle.

Lazy Tesco driver deciding that their delivery schedule is more important than cycle safety or complying with the law about not parking in cycle lanes

Lazy Tesco driver deciding that their delivery schedule is more important than cycle safety or complying with the law about not parking in cycle lanes

Heavy cycle flows along Silver Street

Heavy cycle flows along Silver Street

Fly- parked cycles everywhere - not enough secure cycle parking, but plenty of space to install some

Fly- parked cycles everywhere - not enough secure cycle parking, but plenty of space to install some

Fly- parked cycles everywhere - not enough secure cycle parking, but plenty of space to install some

Only in Cambridge would the commemorative picture of a new University building feature the Vice Chancellor using her bicycle. Great!

Horrible junction

Poor quality cycle parking - insecure 1970s rubbish

Sinclair C5 - the future of urban mobility? (According to the 1980s.)

Temporary cycle parking for the beer festival - not perfect but good enough and sufficiently secure

You Can Bike Too's absolutely fantastic knitted bicycle!

You Can Bike Too raising money at the Beer Festival

Cycle parking needed

Cycle counter

A hotspot for illegal parking

The parking on the right causes traffic, particularly buses, to queue and be delayed - but the street flows better when no vehicles are present

A rare sight, probably not seen in the previous 20 years - empty cycle parking at Cambridge Station, just before construction of the new station square.

A rare sight, probably not seen in the previous 20 years - empty cycle parking at Cambridge Station, just before construction of the new station square.

Sense of entitlement.

A pretty impressive commitment to retention of cycle parking!

Illegally driven into the pavement

Not enough secure cycle parking

The pavement incursion by this restaurant is getting more and more ridiculous.

Beginning of Cambridge Local Plan process - introducing the examination process (a fairly sham form of democratic scrutiny)

Contraflow, via this entry point, needed here

Contraflow, via this entry point, needed here

Dead cycle parking, 2014

Kelly Communications putting a Cyclists stay back sign on a tiny van - these signs are intended to warn about left hooks by long lorries with poor visibility. This sign here simply represents victim blaming.

Tesco's interpretation of responsible deliveries

Neatly-organised cycle parking

Shortage of cycle parking at Cherry Trees

Four Masters Car Audio parking illegally (causing an obstruction) and thoughtlessly.

Cycle theft event at Cambridge station

Secure cycle parking needed

Cycleway

Cycleway

Cambridge's roads are too narrow for cycleways to be added. Well, not really - it's just they're currently being used for car storage spaces.

Before the cycle park - the view from the bridge.

Flowers on a bike basket

Highly unsafe and cycle unfriendly junction, following £900k of cycling money being spent on a signals refit scheme.

Norfolk Street is intolerably congested at certain times, especially at school opening/closing, when it feels very unsafe for children walking and cycling.

Nice advertising bike

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