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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.

Martin speaking to @itvanglia about our joy at the new #Cambridge #Cyclepoint parking after 20 years of campaigning.

Discussing the details of the cycle-rack designs with manufacturers Falco

New 'End of Cycle Way' sign added on the corner of Milton Road and Highworth Avenue, yet there is another one just a few metres on around the corner.

On-street cycle parking needed (in place of one car space).

On-street cycle parking needed (in place of one car space).

Locking brackets will work well with u lock through chainstays and rear wheel

Locking brackets

A bike with basket won't fit forwards into upper tier

A bike with basket in upper tier will stop adjacent bikes from being removed

Plenty of space here for a proper cycleway.

Priority over sideroads.

New stretch of a cycle track on Huntingdon Road

New stretch of a cycle track on Huntingdon Road

New stretch of cycle track on Huntingdon Road

Being interviewed about the new cycle park - here in the temporary parking area

New cycle parking at the New Museums site

Congestion, Station Road

Cycles left around the cycle park during the changeover day to the new cycle park

One user's method of locking to the frame

Clearly, cyclists never wait at red lights.

At 9am on the day of opening of the new cycle park, there were 300 cycles left in the old racks.

Trees being chopped down to make way for a cycle track that some feel isn't really in the right place anyway.

Trees being chopped down to make way for a cycle track that some feel isn't really in the right place anyway.

Filtered Impermeability ... A good short cut avoiding lots of bus stops. Civil Enforcement effectively deals with cars parked here

A wall separating the rear of properties from Nuffield Road. There's a rusty bollard with pram arms half way along it.

No ball games notice and anti-skateboard lugs on the wall top.

Demand for cycle parking at the Golden Hind pub on Milton Road.

20 years after we started campaigning for it, Cambridge Station's new bike park is now officially OPEN!

We walked at easy pace from far end to station entrance in 1:52. Via new exit with artwork. #cyclepoint https://t.co/yys0fJ6Xwp See #74172

View from first floor of Cambridge CyclePoint at the top of the ramps and steps. Video: https://youtu.be/HT9vJV6_-yw

Steps link the first floor of the CyclePoint car park with Cambridge railway station forecourt. The mobile projects onto the ceiling see #74185.

Showing the security bolts that have been used to mount the anchor points to the double decker racks.

On the first floor of the cycle park - eerily empty of bikes as it has only been open for a few hours. Tomoz I expect it will be brimming with bikes.

Katrina gives the CyclePoint the thumbs up as it has opened today from midday - a day earlier than expected. http://www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk/cambridgecyclepoint Video inside: https://youtu.be/HT9vJV6_-yw

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Cambridge station cycle park - first pictures inside.

Sensible or legal place to park, ASDA-Wal*Mart?

Shortage of secure cycle parking at the Department of Chemistry

Shortage of secure cycle parking at the Department of Chemistry

Shortage of secure cycle parking at the Department of Chemistry

Shortage of secure cycle parking at the Department of Chemistry

Shortage of secure cycle parking at the Department of Chemistry

Lack of secure cycle parking at the Department of Chemistry

Double yellow lines needed on both sides, so that families like this can get through as shown. At other times there is often a blockage.

Van blocking pavement at Revolution pub, in probable breach of their planning obligations if it is delivering there.

Ridiculous changeover period of 18 hours for the new cycle park. Greater Anglia clearly haven't thought this through, or don't care about their customers.

Massive amount of space on this wide street, yet taxi still drives illegally onto, and waits on, the pavement. Why?

Three out of six Councillors vote against the Severn Place development. The developers get their way, thanks to the casting vote of chair, Cllr Kevin Blencowe. Cambridge Cycling Campaign produced robust evidence of lack of connectivity to t ... [more]

Apparently, cyclists never stop at red lights.

Station access road already seeing freebie parking

Very poor Health & Safety approach by contractors parking on pavements for the CB1 scheme.

Notice on bike in the temporary cycle park at Cambridge station, indicating that people will have just a day to remove their bikes when the new Cyclepoint opens.

A home made covered cycle parking area in a front garden.

This is pretty nasty - just at a zebra crossing where the road widens to two lines and drivers may be trying to squeeze down to the left of cars turning right.

I suppose there's just about space for a bike on each side - but really, there's lots of space to the left!

No cycle connectivity at all between two sides of East Road. New developments in the area need to facilitate this if they are to be permitted.

No cycle connectivity at all between two sides of East Road. New developments in the area need to facilitate this if they are to be permitted.

Clear evidence here of lack of cycle connectivity at all between two sides of East Road, shown by illegal pavement cycling. New developments in the area need to facilitate this if they are to be permitted.

No cycle connectivity at all between two sides of East Road. New developments in the area need to facilitate this if they are to be permitted.

Clear evidence here of lack of cycle connectivity at all between two sides of East Road, shown by illegal pavement cycling. New developments in the area need to facilitate this if they are to be permitted.

Clear evidence here of lack of cycle connectivity at all between two sides of East Road, shown by illegal pavement cycling. New developments in the area need to facilitate this if they are to be permitted.

No cycle connectivity at all between two sides of East Road. New developments in the area need to facilitate this if they are to be permitted.

No cycle connectivity at all between two sides of East Road. New developments in the area need to facilitate this if they are to be permitted.

Access to station from cycle park (and car park) shared with pedestrians and not very wide. There's more space to the right but it was fenced off on 23 January 2016.

Route from temporary cycle park. There's plenty of space, on the right, for a decent width cycle path rather than making cyclists share with pedestrians. Okay the space may be used for building work sometimes but it wasn't in use on Saturda ... [more]

Missing and broken cycle racks at Cambridge Station temporary cycle park on 23 January 2016 making secure parking difficult.

Missing cycle racks at Cambridge Station temporary cycle parking on 23 January 2016 resulting in many poorly-parked bikes.

Start of route to temporary cycle parking at Cambridge station on 23 January 2016. Path shared with pedestrians but at least there is a sign.

For some reason the council refused to replace the yellow box junction after rebuilding the Catholic church junction - but Keep Clear markings have appeared, which I suppose is an admission that something was needed. And does anyone know wh ... [more]

Cambridge's inner ring road is collapsing - this is a particularly nasty pothole.

Cambridge's inner ring road is collapsing.

Parking for the disabled at Anglia Ruskin University's music therapy centre - but where's the cycle parking?

Very poor road closure by this new Anglia Ruskin University building - there are dropped kerbs but it's really not designed for cycling, and there should be a phalanx of cycle parking here!

Two collapsing trenches

The problem with the condition of the roads in Cambridge at the moment is not just that there are dangerous potholes, but it's simply not possible to ride in a predictably straight line any more, except on a mountain bike.

I've always thought it would be very helpful if Cambridge University could somehow put in a cycle route between the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Engineering Department, to link to NCN route 11 and avoid the double roundabouts.

The current poor access to Cambridge station is made worse by weekend closures of the car park to allow rail-replacement buses to turn and wait.

Is all this messy parking near Cambridge station (NB on a Sunday afternoon) due to the poor temporary access to the station's cycle parking?

Is all this messy parking near Cambridge station (NB on a Sunday afternoon) due to the poor temporary access to the station's cycle parking?

Proper cycle parking needed at Cambridge RFC.

The tiny sign reads 'Bicycles left against these railings will be removed' - but Wolfson College needs more visitors' parking.

Two households with lots of heavy bikes with big baskets etc - please can we have some on-street parking to clear the footway?

Leaf Mould on The Tins

ASDA Walmart can blocking the cycle lane on East Road.

Pedestrians only through the construction site to Cambridge station - shame they couldn't put up signs telling cyclists to dismount and push, rather than sending them a long way around.

The other end of the private road at the rear of York St

New barrier at rear of York Street, with plenty of space for cyclists to pass.

Lots of new covered single- and double-deck parking at Anglia Ruskin University premises. I'm not sure what the non-standard sign means - Cyclists, Give Way to Pedestrians, possibly?

Ice Rink 2015 on Parker's Piece has resulted in damage to paths due to lorries driving on them.

Ice Rink 2015 on Parker's Piece has resulted in damage to paths due to lorries driving on them.

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