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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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Plenty of space in the upper floor of the cycle park

"Carrying the bikes up the stairs is not covered by Health & Safety"

New ramp links to busway cycleway.

West Cambridge ped and cycle path. Cars not supposed to be here at all. https://t.co/iz5oimRFzO

The seven new bike racks on Quayside/Bridge Street. It could still do with more. On the plus side, at least they used Sheffield stands.

Horrible bodged road repair

So much for the contraflow cycle lane - everyone onto the footway, now!

Flat Planet Cycles - a new shop on King St, Cambridge

King Street Cycle has changed hands.

A nice tribute to Howes Cycles, but wouldn't we rather still have the bike shop?

Pothole on Merton St, Cambridge

Pothole on Hardwick St

Tenison Road is crumbling and will presumably continue to do so at least until the CB2 development is finished.

Clearly plenty of station users are unaware that there's a big new covered cycle park.

Station Road, Cambridge, is collapsing - and will presumably continue to do so until (if ever) the CB2 redevelopment is done.

Station Road, Cambridge, is collapsing - and will presumably continue to do so until (if ever) the CB2 redevelopment is done.

Pothole 'repaired' at the Hills Road/Station Road junction

Hills Road, Cambridge, collapsing at the Station Road junction

Repairs never seem to last long here.

Collapsing speed cushion outside St Mary's School

Cambridge's inner ring road is crumbling.

Potholes, as everywhere in Cambridge these days.

Wheelbender parking at a surgery

Access to cycle parking (similar to that south of Cambridge station) in the new development at the Huntingdon Road/Histon Road junction.

Advert for 'Cycle Revolution' exhibition at the Design Museum

Reduction in lane capacity at Newmarket Road. Would be a good experiment to establish space for a cycle track?

New cycle park top floor now open, with plenty of Sheffield stands available

New cycle park top floor now open

Grand Arcade car park, from high up

Corn Exchange Street from above

New kerb appears not to be properly flush

Bollard now installed to enforce restriction, preventing rat-running. Compare #33218.

John Lewis unloading illegally in the cycle lane having driven a lorry illegally onto the pavement

Tesco illegally parked in the cycle lane again

Vehicle driving on the pavement

Congestion on the inner ring road

Tesco unloading illegally in the cycle lane

Tesco still unloading illegally from the cycle lane, East Road

New tiger crossing on Huntingdon Road. Not a great picture but you get the idea.

Poster advertising a bicycle parade on Jesus Green on 19th April. 'Ecstatic attire highly encouraged' they say...

Nidus development blocking major cycle route again. Time for us to contact Cambridge City Council planning enforcement once more.

Seems a long time for parking to be suspended and no mention of why. Edit to add: I asked one of the team working on this and they will be replacing the seating, repaving the area and putting in new bike racks. See #80410

Tesco van BD13 NZK driven illegally into the pavement and causing a hazard on the busy inner ring road, Cambridge.

Barton Rd segregated cycle path - using the "pedestrian" side to pass as the path is too narrow

Barton Rd cycle path - congestion outside Wolfson College

Barton Rd cycle path - difficult crossing at Grange Rd. Busy, poor visibility, obstructed by emerging vehicles.

Barton Rd cycle path - crossing at Newnham corner

Let's stop on the (contra-flow) cycle path, so we do not block the cars...

This 'Public footpath' is a link to the busy Busway track towards the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and the Railway Station. Why is there no sign? It does not even indicate that the path leads to a stop for the Busway.

Sign about the new cycle park at Cambridge Station

Second floor of the station cycle park now open!

These queue-busting cycle lanes need repainting - getting very faint now

Good to see a taxi parked on the pavement being ticketed

University Arms site under construction

Resurfaced :-)

Van blocking contraflow cycle lane on Bateman Street. A daily occurrence for much of the year - certainly this last week, and most summers from July to October. There are, of course, parking spaces marked and vacant just across the road, b ... [more]

There's a series of potholes along Selwyn Road, just where contraflow cyclists will hit them if there's a car heading west.

Tenison Road is closed for traffic-calming works - predictably, the signs are aimed exclusively at drivers and make no allowance for cyclists having access to most of it most of the time.

Station Road, Cambridge, is falling apart.

Link from the station and busway to Clarendon and Fitzwilliam Roads

Barton Road cycleway half-flooded by a burst water main

I appreciate that these were emergency repairs on a burst water main, but it would have been helpful to leave more space for bikes.

I appreciate that these were emergency repairs on a burst water main, but it would be helpful if road signs could acknowledge non-motorised forms of transport (to which the road was not blocked).

Construction of the link from the cycle bridge to Cambridge station. No real need for cyclists to dismount, and, of course, they don't.

How obvious does it have to be?

This is the only point where cyclists can cross the sluice without an almighty thump - and it's collapsing!

Amazing - someone left a car on the footway across my only access for at least an hour today.

No specific potholes, but the whole of Coronation Street (an important cycle route from Cambridge station) is in a dreadful state.

No specific potholes, but the whole of Coronation Street (an important cycle route from Cambridge station) is in a dreadful state.

CyclePoint Cambridge, first floor parking area almost full mid-afternoon on Wednesday 2nd March 2016

CyclePoint, Cambridge station. First floor almost full at about 3 p.m on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

No sensible route to the new cycle parking from the south, though this is a temporary arrangement while the station square is being constructed

'Be safe, be seen' poster seen around the University aimed at students to use lights.

Pavement parking blackspot

Small amount of new cycle parking near Espresso Library - but seems to be more a measure to stop people illegally driving on the pavement

Good riddance to this cycle parking that had no hard floor - putting double-decker racks on stones meant many became broken.

Public art on side of station cycle park (under construction) - intermeshing wheels

Plenty of space for contraflow cycleway, especially when the hotel works have finished - the compound takes up as much space as needed by a contraflow, and traffic passing without problems.

Odd sign - No Cycles in forecourt, when there's covered cycle parking there under the tree!

Unsecured bikes at Owlstone Croft (Queens' College residence). Plenty of space for cycle stands.

It seems that many cyclists haven't found the new CyclePoint bike parking.

No Give Way sign at this new junction, where most cyclists are following the major road to the cycle park, and most taxis are crossing their route.

This part of Cambridge will presumably have collapsing roads until the station-area redevelopment is complete, and probably longer.

This part of Cambridge will presumably have collapsing roads until the station-area redevelopment is complete, and probably longer.

Not a lot of cycle parking at what is otherwise being greeted as Cambriodge's greenest office building.

The most abused ASL in Cambridge. Really no excuse.

Bollards that will take a chunk out of your leg.

National Grid lorry blocking a very busy cycle route to and from the station. https://twitter.com/roxyfromoz/status/703248314729418752

Signage on the cycle route through Fawcett school not very clear (and it really should be in a school!) and now out of date after recent developments. I do appreciate the desire to avoid putting up new signs and posts, but these two mis ... [more]

The cyclepath has been very poorly redeveloped. It's now much too narrow to take both people riding and walking. This is especially problematic when the school is letting pupils out.

Clear shortage of cycle parking at Addenbrooke's

Clear example of the extent to which the culture of driving on the pavement is ingrained - taxi drives onto pavement right in front of PCSOs

Clear example of the extent to which the culture of driving on the pavement is ingrained - taxi drives onto pavement right in front of PCSOs

Conflict on this tight corner

Contractors thoughtlessly blocking path during installation of private gate

New barrier installed at taxpayer expense for the private benefit of York Street residents

As predicted at the time of the Tesco planning application, people stopping on the pavement to use the cash machine. The Council approved the ATM cash machine anyway.

Close-up showing raising of the pedestrian half.

Close-up showing raising of the pedestrian half.

Cars already being parked on the pavement on the station access road

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