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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.

More cycle parking needed - there clearly is the space if it can be better arranged

More cycle parking needed - there clearly is the space if it can be better arranged

More cycle parking needed - there clearly is the space

Clear proof that people dislike double-stacker racks - very few bikes on the top row

Excellent new cycle parking poster by Camcycle being distributed at the e-luminate event

e-luminate cycle ride

Cycling down the stairs - a rare sight

Tesco delivering illegally having driven on the pavement and causing an obstruction

Poor new road design

Council meeting considering two-way cycling in one-way streets

Cycle helmets on a bollard - Cambridge approach to art?

Cycle helmets on a bollard - Cambridge approach to art?

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

Cycle lane enables queue busting, though it is a bit narrow

Cars driven illegally onto the pavement and causing an obstruction - talk about a sense of entitlement

Cars driven illegally onto the pavement and causing an obstruction - talk about a sense of entitlement

Guided bus

Complete failure of design - taxi waiting seats are in the wrong place

Poor air quality in this area due to idling taxis - though speaking as a cyclist, they do provide a useful service

Taxis blocking entrance to cycleway

Taxis blocking entrance to cycleway

Taxis blocking entrance to cycleway

Should be a cycle left filter here, as there is a cycle lane so merging with traffic is not applicable

A permeable cut-through for cycling should have been provided here - missed opportunity

No cycling to reach the cycle parking

Cycle parking access is via these steps

Inexclusibly bad cycle parking for a new development

Inexclusibly bad cycle parking for a new development

Inexclusibly bad cycle parking for a new development

Inexclusibly bad cycle parking for a new development

Cambridge Station cycle park - second floor

New cycle lane

New cycle lane

New cycle lane

New cycle lane

New cycle lane

New cycle lane being built

New cycle lane being built

New cycle lane being built

New cycle lane being built

New cycle lane being built

Cars parked in the cycle lane

Cars parked in the cycle lane

Segregated cycleway

Shared-use

Shared-use

Cars driven illegally onto the cycleway

Shared-use

Segregated cycleway

Segregated cycleway

Segregated cycleway

New cycle access

Cycle permeability

ASDA van parked inconsiderately and dangerously in the cycleway

Regal area has regular servicing vehicles, but the area is plagued by vehicles using the pavement

Clear proof that people dislike double-stacker racks - not a single bike on the top row

Clear proof that people dislike double-stacker racks - not a single bike on the top row

Tesco delivery van illegally on zig-zag lines

Tesco loading inappropriately and dangerously here as usual - the ledge could easily take out the eye of someone cycling. Deliveries should not be permitted here, and Tesco should be forced to deliver in smaller vans in their car park at th ... [more]

Cargo bikes area at Cambridge station cycle park

Amateurish attempt to try to enforce the cargo bikes area

Gilbert Road cycle lanes

Shared-use, dangerously positioned against driveways

Valiant attempt to provide priority at the sideroad for what is a poor-quality shared-use pavement that needs to upgraded

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.

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