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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.

It's really great to have new cycle parking in Romsey, but the workmanship on the installation is rather disappointing. The racks and bollards have been left covered with ugly dirt smears - which look to me like concrete dust. The groun ... [more]

It's really great to have new cycle parking in Romsey, but the workmanship on the installation is rather disappointing. The racks and bollards have been left covered with ugly dirt smears - which look to me like concrete dust. The groun ... [more]

Hope Street Measurements across this street accurate to 5cm: Right footway: 180cm Kerb to offside edge of bollard: 155cm Remaining carriageway: 425cm Footway on other side of road: 175cm. The spacing between the three racks is: ... [more]

Great Eastern Street - loads of bikes outside the houses along here and an edited speed limit sign. More sign graffiti at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-46139025

Argyle Street cycle parking

Cavendish Road - revamped open space on corner with Mill Road has space for 12 bikes.

Parking for four bikes on this corner of Cavendish Road / Mill Road.

Argyle Street with new street cycle parking. Measurements from left to right accurate to 5cm: Left footway: 180cm Cycle lane: 165cm Carriageway between offside edge of white line and bollard: 265cm Offside edge of bollard to right ... [more]

Newly installed racks on Argyle Street. I think the camber combined with the kerb will work well together to keep bikes tidily parked.

Mill Road, no right turn. (The except cycles sign is for the no entry into Kingston Street.)

Covered racks at the Quaker meeting house

Coleridge Road Residents slow to adapt to the new parking markings.

Rock Road library. There's a disabled parking space in front on the left, and the other parking space is controlled by the sign at the right which reads: P Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm Saturday 10 am - 2 pm 30 mins No return within 30 mi ... [more]

It's not clear, till you get right round the corner, that the footway is completely closed now as they start to demolish part of the Union building.

Cambridge Independent article about a student petition to improve this junction.

Charles Street after a parking review has introduced double yellow lines on one side and stopped footway parking on the other. I wish we could do the same for all of Romsey 😀 that would be awesome 👏.

Footway delightfully clear (almost, one tyre only) after a ward review of residents parking.

See #102763. The bikes do now have tags that were added on the 15th saying they're going to be removed on the 31st.

Cycle route around the back of the Grafton Centre. Fifteen years previously: #4816

Christchurch Street

Pedestrian sign to the Grafton Centre

NO IDLING Turn off your engine and protect the environment At least the stupid bollard at #4835 is gone.

Nothing to indicate that cycles are permitted to ride through here - facing motor vehicles leaving the multi-storey car storage facility. See #5183 from sixteen years previously.

Urgent need for more racks in Romsey.

Budleigh Close

Plans afoot to remove abandoned bikes like those at #102763. https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/cycling

This sign sums up how CyclePoint is supposed to work. https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/cycling

CyclePoint I turned these bikes upside down about a month ago because I'd noticed they'd been missing wheels on a few previous visits. They're still there! But there are plans to clean them out according to signs that are on the next pho ... [more]

Non highways compliant signs near a private school.

St Faith’s is a school. If they want to introduce a one-way system they should apply to Cambridgeshire Highway Authority and that will be considered by the democratic process.

Interesting article from 1997 from the Cambridge Evening News about the closure of Bridge Street. The headline is 'Road Closure less chaotic than feared.'

Collier Road - with a contraflow cycle marking

Guest Road - two way for cycling and great to see that the whole width of the southbound lane has been used.

Willis Road - the one way arrow in the distance on the left verifies that this road is still a one way street, with no contraflow for cycling.

Collier Road - two-way for cycling.

Covered cycle parking at a school.

Cycle parking for a work-out area near Abbey swimming pool.

Racks outside the coop to be removed.

Football rules were established here in 1848.

Reality Checkpoint now with door. https://twitter.com/dinky_doors https://www.dinkydoors.co.uk/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-46155597

Buses and taxis were queuing along Emmanuel Road. But we don't need to do anything about congestion in Cambridge...

Emergency gas roadworks closing one lane but maintaining full access to the cycle track.

Cycle route over the cattle grids

Racks at Jesus College boat club

Wheelbenders at Trinity boat house

Bollards at the entrance to this useful route. Sign says: 🚶Busway ⅓ 🚲Addenbrooke's 1 (great to see the apostrophe) 🛤Station 2

Bollard prevents motor vehicles abusing the bus and cycle lane.

Shelford Road

Shelford Road

Central cycle lane.

Cambridge Road changes to Shelford Road.

Evidence of unsatisfactory cycle parking on the Addenbrooke’s site.

Cargo bike mentions Reach Fair on the side

Rounded A racks at the Methodist Church.

A couple of abandoned bikes on these otherwise excellent racks.

Wall bars on this Methodist church make for good cycle parking.

About an hour after I took the photo #102588 here the poster has been edited, changing shit to chic: Make Romsey Chic again

Anti ‘gentrification’ poster which shows the fading yarn bombed railings on Mill Road bridge with text overlaid: Make Romsey Shit again but see #102589.

A desperate shortage of cycle stands

Chinese tourists boarding a coach - blocking a mandatory cycle lane - outside the reopened University Hotel. Is this going to become more common?

Two apparently dumped bikes that have been there for a few days. Certainly not in safe rideable condition and which have been reported to the city council abandoned bike service.

Two car transporters parked on the cycleway. At least they're not on the footway.

Cycle parking area in the basement of this building down a ramp.

Not enough cycle space in this (car) parking garage

Just two stands at the Chemistry of Health building - if they'd put them at 45 degrees they would easily have had space for more.

Despite the arrow, this is a two-way route

Cycleway through Trumpington Allotments

Sign to Trumpington from the Busway, and covered parking a short distance from the bus stop.

I think the red section of the road indicates car parking - is that right @CambsCops? @camcitco? @CambsCC? Scotland Road. #cycling @camcycle https://t.co/J5mvszi8cw Note: this is actually Green End Road.

New cycle parking apparently only for users of the Islamic Centre across the road. I suspect some drinkers at the Devonshire Arms may also use it.

The sign says that this new cycle parking is only for users of the Islamic Centre across the road.

The clash between the cycleway sign and the end of cycleway sign (#12277) has finally ended - time and rust have done what regular contact with council cycling officers couldn't do.

Nasty new pothole next to the repair done in March (#97265) - couldn't they just fix the whole stretch of road?

Underpass mainly for use by cows, with a gated footway separated by a fence.

Charles Street where double yellow lines have been introduced on one side of the road, and resident parking bays on the other. This is an improved environment now for pedestrians (who have both footways cleared in principle) and cycling. Co ... [more]

Ready for the cargo bike parade - with a mobile beehive and the Camcycle stall bike.

Cargo carnival Lammas Land, Cambridge

The surviving part of the Addenbrooke's-Trumpington path.

Plenty of cycle parking at the Clay Farm Community Centre

Future link to the Clay Farm-Trumpington path

Out-of-the-way cycle parking on this car-focussed development.

Not a lot of cycle parking at the new entry building for Newnham College.

This may be a new segregated link.

Very odd to have a Closed to Through Traffic sign at the closed end of a dead-end road - there's access for bikes, but the road isn't closed to them anyway.

No, Cranmer Road is not closed - this is the only access to a dead-end road, and there's plenty of room for bikes and indeed cars too.

Bollards on St. Mary’s Street

Despite the hot dry summer (or maybe because of it?) these roots are getting worse for cyclists.

Delivery van blocking the mandatory cycle lane.

No Overtaking Cyclists past these roadworks - which were cleared away by 1.30pm on a Friday.

Privatisation of the pavement/footway - no concern for the crowds heading to and from the station.

Gates here too. The spacing of each looks OK but I'm less sure about the width from the wooden bollards either side of the gate in the foreground. See #93346

Guided busway 2 fire engines heading long road. @Cambslive https://t.co/cjHlS7pj9C They were attending a cyclist fatality see #102153.

Overgrown footpath, blocked by noses of vehicles breaching the car park boundary.

Bike used to advertise bookshop.

The solar system on a bike wheel, exhibited at Plurabelle books during the Cambridge Festival of Cycling.

Protected footway access to City Council offices and some cycle parking. Most of the other businesses on the industrial estate have no such features.

Covered but wheelbenders staff cycle parking at the bus depot.

This bit of the development only leads to the cycleway and so it appears the speed bump has been specifically put there to slow down cyclists. See #102123.

Hump and wheelbenders First time I've seen these humps, they weren't there at #93924.

Still closed more than a year after a bus crashed into here, see #90792

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