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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.

Station cycle bridge in the evening

Atrociously bad access to cycle parking at a new development - this should not have been approved

Atrociously bad cycle parking at a new development - this should not have been approved

Atrociously bad cycle parking at a new development - this should not have been approved

Cycle lane at Hills Road here just withers out

Cycle lane at Hills Road here just withers out

Cycle parking here would encourage people to stop for the shop much more regularly - leaving a bike anywhere here is almost impossible

Widened path now much better

This car park is only used lightly - it would be best to remove it and turn it into a productive use of space - housing

Ideally this street would allow two-way cycling, but this is arguably one location in Cambridge where there is not really space, because of large buses using this area regularly

Café culture is good, but the extent of pavement theft from pedestrians here is getting excessive

Bicycle handlebars at the Old Bicycle Shop bistro

Cambridge Station cycle park at night - wheel art visible

Reality Checkpoint under maintenance

Very poor layout - cycle lanes could easily be marked in here if there were political will for small, simple changes like this

Obstructive car parking results in illegal cycling on the pavement as people consider it unsafe

Cycle parking

Bus-stop bypass on Barton Road - from the 1980s probably, yet no-one has ever complained about these

Riperian environment

Cycling Embassy of Great Britain meeting in Cambridge

ASL

End of cycleway

ASL

Cycle lane continues across the sideroad

Ridiculous cyclists dismount sign

Cycle parking at this new development

Cycle parking at this new development

Pleasant local streets at this new development

Cycle parking at this new development

Cycle parking at this new development

New ASL at junction - but the junction as a whole is still unfriendly for cycling

New ASL at junction - but the junction as a whole is still unfriendly for cycling

Cycle parking at the offices

Entrance to pedestrian zone

Congestion

Very poor design here - this section of Hills Road is a short stretch without a cycleway, but there is plenty of space for it

Very poor design here - the added bit of pavement should be a cycleway

Bus passengers are delayed due to car congestion on Hills Road

Bicycle fair, part of the CUSU Societies' Fair

Bicycle fair, part of the CUSU Societies' Fair

Bicycle fair, part of the CUSU Societies' Fair

Bicycle fair, part of the CUSU Societies' Fair

Poor quality road reinstatement

Chisholm Trail Development Control Forum

Van parked illegally in contraflow cycleway

Ludicrous - 3 lanes to exit this street - should have a wider pavement and cycleway and just one lane

Cycle parking

Cycle parking

One of Sainsbury's suppliers parking illegally on the pavement

In Cambridge, pawn shops sell bicycles

Opportunist parking by this vehicle owner for months caused by failure to repaint yellow lines quickly

Should be a contraflow [and now it is - ed]

Street dominated by car storage

Apparently this is supposedly a cycle-friendly junction, now that £900k of cycle money has been wasted on it

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Unfinished road surface, causing a hazardous entrance to the cycle park

Delivery bay obscures entrance to cycle park

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Delivery bay obscures entrance to cycle park

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

Poorly thought-out crossing location

Poorly thought-out crossing location

Poorly thought-out crossing location

Use of this very tight space for 8-hour parking bays is frankly ridiculous

Use of this very tight space for 8-hour parking bays is frankly ridiculous

Tenison Road - quite unpleasant due to rat-runnning traffic made worse by obstructive parking

Silly to retain these lights while the works are going on

Silly to retain these lights while the works are going on

Van parked illegally in contraflow cycleway

This crossing doesn't detect approaching cycles early enough as it is used it

Apparently this is supposedly a cycle-friendly junction, now that £900k of cycle money has been wasted on it

Vehicle thoughtlessly blocking the crossing cycleway - yellow lines needed

Massive amount of space here for Dutch-quality cycle tracks, easily achievable if there were political will

On-road cycle track needed, to avoid slowing speed from using the shared-use lower down

Cut-through needed here so that people get directly to the business park

New busway with cycleway along side

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Why do people do this - perfectly wide enough road but still park on the pavement

Congestion on Mill Road

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Van parked illegally in cycleway

Nice bicycle :)

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