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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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Newmarket Road is very hostile for cycling, but has plenty of space to create a proper segregated cycleway on both sides of the road

Newmarket Road is very hostile for cycling, but has plenty of space to create a proper segregated cycleway on both sides of the road

Newmarket Road is very hostile for cycling, but has plenty of space to create a proper segregated cycleway on both sides of the road

Newmarket Road is very hostile for cycling, but has plenty of space to create a proper segregated cycleway on both sides of the road

Newmarket Road is very hostile for cycling, but has plenty of space to create a proper segregated cycleway on both sides of the road

Newmarket Road is very hostile for cycling, but has plenty of space to create a proper segregated cycleway on both sides of the road

Newmarket Road is very hostile for cycling, but has plenty of space to create a proper segregated cycleway on both sides of the road

Newmarket Road is very hostile for cycling, but has plenty of space to create a proper segregated cycleway on both sides of the road

Newmarket Road is very hostile for cycling, but has plenty of space to create a proper segregated cycleway on both sides of the road

Proper crossing needed

Reach Ride 2016

Reach Ride 2016

The Old Bicycle Shop, named after the former Howes Cycles shop

Advisory queue-busting cycle lane needed on Gonville Place, as has worked well on East Road

Plenty of space here for proper cycleway, if this parking on the ring road were reallocated

Car parked blocking the pavement; this area is a hotspot for such illegal practices, as shown by the poor road surface behind

DPD van parked, having driven illegally into the cycleway and onto the pavement

Narrow cycle lane, but plenty of space for a proper segregated track on Newmarket Road

Narrow cycle lane, but plenty of space for a proper segregated track on Newmarket Road

Free locks being given away by British Transport Police

This kind of obstruction is an inherent problem on poor-quality shared use like this location on Milton Road

Signage very unclear that this area is intended for over-size and disabled cycles

Parking on Rope Walk - conclusion of this saga

Tenison Road closure to through-traffic during works - perhaps this should be made permanent, given that people are coping for 3 months?

New cycle parking on the New Museums site

No obvious cycle parking at the new Premier Inn

Public art (projected globe) at the new station cycle park

I hadn't realised there was any decent cycle parking in this part of the Sidgwick site but there's a cluster of 5 or 6 trees with racks placed round them behind the Little Hall. Things would be even better if they took out the wheel benders ... [more]

I am very pleased to see this "Except cycles" at the otherwise banned right turn into Kingston Street. I noticed it for the first time this morning.

Cycle parking at the redeveloped entrance to the New Museum Site on Corn Exchange Street.

AK65FKG barges into traffic, bullies way against road law because it's only people cycling https://t.co/mYhfzIKX4r

Covered double decker cycle parking. I'm not very impressed with ordinary sheffield stands on the bottom row. The double decker makes getting the bike in and out rather awkward.

More examples of why this really isn't a safe cyclelane. See http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2014/10/cherry-hinton-useless-cyclelane.html

More examples of why this really isn't a safe cyclelane. See http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2014/10/cherry-hinton-useless-cyclelane.html

More examples of why this really isn't a safe cyclelane. See http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2014/10/cherry-hinton-useless-cyclelane.html

More examples of why this really isn't a safe cyclelane. The bus is forcing oncoming traffic into the cyclelane unnecessarily. See http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2014/10/cherry-hinton-useless-cyclelane.html

More examples of why this really isn't a safe cyclelane. See http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2014/10/cherry-hinton-useless-cyclelane.html

More examples of why this really isn't a safe cyclelane. See http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2014/10/cherry-hinton-useless-cyclelane.html

See video (with music!) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AXcNRxQLwI

See clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEBDGEi1e7s All those #BloodyCyclists going the wrong way down one-way streets. Oh, whoops.

See clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihDpbmeduRM

See clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3oEBANEAJc

Yet another example that the builders really don't care at all about illegally blocking the route for local people. And that the council and police are complicit in not making sure they don't obstruct.

Approaching Rustat Road from Carter Bridge showing bollards and road markings.

Bollards on Carter Bridge, approaching Devonshire Road. The curve of the route round to the right makes the left-hand gap feel even narrower, exacerbated by overhanging vegetation.

Approach to Carter Bridge from Devonshire Road, showing bollards put in May 2016 (work not yet complete)

Junction of Rustat Road and Carter Bridge showing bollards, road markings and 'give way' sign.

Bollards with reflective inserts, made by Glasdon. They looked like wood but I think may have been recycled plastic. On cut-through from Cherry Hinton Road to Bullen Close.

Devonshire Road, Cambridge. New link under construction between cycle bridge and station.

Devonshire Road, Cambridge. New link under construction between cycle bridge and station.

Devonshire Road, Cambridge. New link under construction between cycle bridge and station.

Devonshire Road, Cambridge. New link under construction between cycle bridge and station.

Devonshire Road, Cambridge. New link under construction between cycle bridge and station.

Devonshire Road, Cambridge. New link under construction between cycle bridge and station.

Hi @CambsCC you've done good work on busway bollards elsewhere why do we still have the shin slicers?

Why are there now TWO large bollards on this section of Carters Bridge cycle route? (@CambsCC @camcycle ) https://t.co/YMgyJnwABF

Evidence of need for more cycle parking on this part of Mill Road.

Evidence of the need for more cycle parking in this part of Mill Road

Sainsburys parking in cycle track on Hills Road, Cambridge. Not impressed.

Some cycle stands have been removed at the Fitzwilliam Museum to make way for a security camera tower and replaced with slightly less good stands beyond the gates.

Fallowfield

East Road pavement parking by Lyreco and others.

Cycle parking needed at Gonville Hotel. What there is, round the corner, is insecure

Obstruction common on Kingston Street

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

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