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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.

Sturton Street - lack of cycle parking

Norfolk Street - lack of cycle parking

Norfolk Street - lack of cycle parking

Large area of council run garages well lit and look like they've had a recent refresh compared to #63227.

Edward Street - lack of cycle parking

Edward Street - lack of cycle parking

Upper Gwydir Street - lack of cycle parking

Gwydir Street - lack of cycle parking

We’ve come into the city to watch Swan Lake at the CornEx. The Grand Arcade cycle park is closed but car park open.

Punk post box with tinsel.

Synagogue cycle agog

Cycle parking in industrial area off Gwydir Street.

Just one of the potholes dotting Bridge Street which was resurfaced not that long ago. They are all in the middle of the road and more are appearing. (It has been reported.)

It's a sign! This would be far, far better if, for example, they'd put a large fascia board style sign over the entrance. You need to be able to see it from several metres away.

New cut-through from Tenison Road to Cambridge station Added to osm:

For as long as I can remember the end of Red Cross Lane has been made awkward to negotiate by anybody trying to get through to Addenbrookes from the East by bike - gated, no dropped kerbs, rough surface, barriers to stop you accessing the r ... [more]

Excited to see this new @ofo_bicycleUK cycle parking adding to capacity at Long Road College @cyclelandcam @camcycle @GreaterCambs @LR6FC

Newnham crater field The start of the Grantchester Meadows path, destroyed by use as a casual car park

The great snow of 2017.

Close up of paving light. This one is, obviously, not working but it does mean you can see how small they are. (LED bulb?) See also #95284

These would need to be viewed in the dark but these small lights seem to be quite effective, but subtle. An idea for more rural locations, perhaps?

After bikes being here as long as anyone can remember the new racks nearby #95242 have given this church the opportunity to ban them.

Proof of need for cycle parking in this part of Thoday Street. See #95140.

New tidy cycle parking on Sidney Street.

Tidy cycle parking on Sidney Street.

Good to see bike racks back in this location though I still believe Sheffield stands would have been better.

Nicely widened shared-use path with stud lights.

Good new route from Cambridge Regional College to Cambridge North station - but there's absolutely no signage from one to the other, and no indication that everyone has to change sides here. The usual lack of joined-up thinking and follow-t ... [more]

Poor shared-use path alongside Kings Hedges recreation ground

There are currently three vehicles parked on this double yellow line all day Monday to Friday.

New bus stop on Brooklands Avenue

#Cambridgeproblems oars on the cycleway!

Newmarket Road where a cyclist was killed two nights ago. See #95138.

Tiny amount of cycle parking on this residential estate.

Two bikes are parked here, one against the lamppost and the other against the decapitated sewer vent and there's a double yellow line in between. What an excellent place for some cycle parking stands! See #95248.

Talk about a sense of entitlement.

You can see why people turn left to the over-size bike parking instead of taking their bikes up the ramp - poor signage, the typical thing of just banning things rather than offering positive guidance.

Spokes cycle service have been providing a weekly service to Churchill College for the last 23 years, but is to retire at the end of 2017.

Cheap bikes for sale - and an Outspoken courier bike

Decent temporary cycle path (and fence) put in at last, after the developers tried to get away with doing nothing. The damage done is visible to the right.

This used to be thick with trees but also a fairly awful / steep path link that the college decided it had to make worse with chicanes & a cyclists dismount sign. Unsure what's up, but it's all gone now (the sign has since been removed e ... [more]

Another hack day at CycleStreets welcoming Clare as new code contributor.

A bus driver who is happy to block a lane dedicated to cycles while waiting to pass other traffic in a lane dedicated to cycles and buses. Dog in the manger?

Double yellows! Great to be able to drive or cycle round this bend in Blinco Grove now without being terrified of being hit head on.

Bike racks in good use including by a couple of Ofo bikes. Bins occupy the space where one of the racks was lost to a ground anchor which was not properly installed.

Desire line onto pavement cycleway

Lane marks desire line

Advanced green and advanced stop line help the diagonal desire line at this junction.

Lanes approaching the Hills / Long / Queen Edith junction.

Double decker racks but there is plenty of space here for much simpler racks all at ground level.

Posted without (much) comment. :¬)

Cycle racks bent - presumably by being struck by motor vehicles either backing or turning. Without bollards or kerbs to protect them racks are prone to this type of damage.

"No Bicycles here please" Space reserved for Great St. Mary's Church posters only.

Is it one decade or two since the Kite area was closed to through traffic? And the council still hasn't managed to add an Except Cycles plate to this sign. I do wonder why Cambridge has a reputation for being cycle-friendly.

Notice on the end of the bike racks. It's worded a little ambiguously so it could mean they're going to remove the racks (doubt it for such a short time) or that they will be unavailable to use, which seems more likely. Either way, the road ... [more]

Use Our Free Cargo Bike - at Homebase

To be honest, I'm not sure which bit of road they're talking about closing temporarily. Where is no 19? I'm guessing it's the footpath in front of the University Arms Hotel. ETA: it is. They've closed the cycle bypass lane round the closur ... [more]

Somebody didn't use a spell checker... (Also, sign for info.) Edit to add: Spelling now corrected and the date changed to 29th Oct.

For anyone unaware, the grubbier looking paving slabs to the left indicate how wide this passage way to M&S used to be. It looks brilliant now.

Ofo bikes

More recently the county has painted a left-turn arrow in the left-turn lane, and it looks like they are adding ASLs to the junction. This is still, however, a terribly dangerous junction design because it tells people cycling that they ... [more]

It gets put away once the contractors doing the road works have finished for the day which seems odd, but otherwise A Good Thing to see. (Some punctuation would be helpful too.)

Signs for temporary closure of Regent Terrace for building work when approaching from the city centre

Signs for temporary closure of Regent Terrace when approaching from city centre.

Uneven ground where temporary footpath rejoins Regent Terrace just north of closure due to building works.

Temporary footpath alongside Regent Terrace, where it is closed during the day for building works.

Temporary road closure of Regent Terrace

Regent Terrace closed during day due to building works

Regent Terrace closed during day due to building works

In the distance, building works have closed Regent Terrace. See later photos for closer views

Solar light on cycle/footpath. A slightly different technique to the style used on Lammas Land. Easy to walk up to this point via Storey's Way but you can’t [for now] walk or cycle into Eddington directly from here. You need to go round t ... [more]

Good new Toucan crossing providing a direct route from Newnham via the fens to the station and various private schools - but it's a shame that the crossings at either end of Bateman St both have ridiculously long wait times for pedestrians/ ... [more]

Narrow footpath with worn and uneven surface. Should any building work occur on the Anglia Water site, perhaps they might be persuaded to improve this?

Bike hangars appearing in Cambridge

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

Cherry Hinton High Street

There are still lots of hoardings up along and across the shared-use paths around the Eddington site

There's a lot of cycle parking near the University of Cambridge Primary School (Eddington), and a big covered area too.

Cambridge to Eddington cycleway known as Ridgeway.

Cambridge / Eddington cycleway known as Ridgeway.

Racks at a supermarket

Madingley Road park n ride site has very well used cycle parking

Less bike than #94248 a few days later.

Cycle path on Fen Road in Cambridge this afternoon.

A new iteration of Cambridge's Station Square, presumably trying to make it work properly.

A new iteration of Cambridge's Station Square, presumably trying to make it work properly.

Rather than fix this pothole Cambridgeshire Council just painted a double yellow line through it.


I think the bus stop here is designed to hold up traffic by being only one lane wide, in an attempt to prevent this new development from becoming a 'rat-run'.

Wheelbender racks outside The Portland Arms. Not a happy sight.

Wonder if this damage is caused by lorries driving over it? It wasn't that long ago this kerb got repaired. See #86449

Kenzies coach driver parks up illegally in Hills Road cyclelane whilst getting coffee. An increasingly popular stopping place. @LibralLady

Hills Road cycleway northbound. The footway which was previously shared-use is now marked with a pedestrian symbol.

The long missing bit of the Hills Road northbound cycleway has finally been filled.

New bus stop bypass on Hills Road Cambridge, complete with step free crossing.

Great to see quality cycle parking replacing a few car storage spaces at Cambridge Assessment.

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