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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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See also a full list of photos in this area.

Perhaps this is the cycle store? This is pathetic for a new development anywhere but especially in an area where there is a high incidence of cycle theft. The nearby security door to the parking area had a broken lock. Perhaps this ... [more]

Trees that say NO PARKING This was inevitable and predicted by #64220.

Did blinding bright white have to be chosen as the colour for these works? Not exactly subtle either.

Tesco still driving onto the pavement illegally in this area

Regent Terrace needs to have a parking ban all the time - much better pedestrian environment when no cars present.

Regent Terrace needs to be like this all the time - much better pedestrian environment when no cars present.

Regent Terrace needs to be like this all the time - much better pedestrian environment when no cars present.

New bike repair outfit near the station

Good to see walking treated like a proper form of transport through the provision of proper diversion signage. Shame about the cyclists dismount, though.

The bollards here should be removed during the works

Car parking on Sundays - people who have found a freebie rather than using the car parks - causes poor pedestrian environment and unnecessary conflict with cycles

Car parking on Sundays - people who have found a freebie rather than using the car parks - causes poor pedestrian environment and unnecessary conflict with cycles

Unnofficial access from the car park to the shared use path.

New access between cycleway passing Tesco supermarket and Rowlinson Way. Not built to cycleway standards, but cyclable because the speed table is flush with the footway.

Obstructive barriers on a cycle path

Unnecessarily obstructive barriers for a cycle route

No Bikes Here - but where else can they go on a Saturday afternoon? And the big wicker baskets don't exactly help in a crowded bike park.

Row of Sheffield stands out side 'Chestnut House' as the student accommodation on the Texaco garage site is called. There's another row further up Histon Road. I think the secure cycle parking is, or will be, round the corner. (Sorry it's a ... [more]

Emery Street: Old no entry signs in grotty condition.

Two way in the dead end :-)

Cambridge Architecture Research - CAR with lots of bikes :-)

The unusually generous chicane (thanks by the way, don't take it away) at Peter's field.

Railing cycle parking on Peter's Field

Palmer's Walk

Peter's field

Palmer’s Walk

ARU end of Palmer’s Walk

Palmer’s Walk

Palmer’s Walk - could this become a cyclable route to Anglia Ruskin University from Mill Road?

Thanks, mate :-/

Floating bus stop in the new segregated cycle track on Hills Road, Cambridge

Start of new segregated cycle track on Hills Road, Cambridge - one side only, so presumably southbound cyclists will be on the footway to the left, ie effectively riding on the right.

Playground, cycle parking, but no dropped kerb, although this is shown as a cycle route on OpenCycleMap. Ed: now changed to footpath based on your evidence: https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/34209456

At last! The side entrance to Tesco has been opened up. Too bad it's not aligned with the speed ramp. Fixes #12581.

Lesser spotted 4-way Give Way. Hartington Grove/Rock Road, Cambridge http://t.co/D4ep7gqaIm

Big puddle that forms at the start of new Hills Rd segregated cycle track. There are two drains very close, neither at the low point where the water collects. This will be terrible in winter and needs to be fixed.

Cambridge Assessment seem to think it makes sense for cyclists not to use the main gate to the car park at their new (presumably temporary) offices but to dismount and walk through a narrow alley instead.

Cambridge Assessment seem to think it makes sense for cyclists not to use this huge gap at their new (presumably temporary) offices but to dismount and walk through a narrow alley instead.

Child visitor cycle parking

Still very narrow and a blind chicane at the end due to parked cars. Cycling on pavement not allowed so it's two way cycling on the narrow strip on the left which gets very congested at busy times.

Trolley chain still bolted to bike rack at Aldi morning of 11/9/15

The forest of no entry signs along St Philip's Road. It is two way for cycling - predating legislation that permits 'Except cycles', and so instead there are cycle bypasses.

Sign confirming that contraflow cycling is legitimate. While I was surveying these streets on my bike a driver shouted at me that this was a one way street.

Sign confirming that contraflow cycling is legitimate. It was at this corner that a driver shouted at me that this was a one way street.

The entrance to Vinery Road from Coldham's Lane. This formerly one way street is now two way for cycling and there's a sharrow on the right to confirm that.

Vinery Road has no entry with except cycles panes and there's a contraflow cycle lane. I cycled down there, and a car came round the corner and shouted at me that it was a one way street.

Belgrave Road - now two way for cycling - but the one way arrow sign remains - with nothing obvious here to remind drivers that oncoming cyclists are legitimate. In the far distance, on St. Philip's Road, there's a blue sign which offici ... [more]

The entrance to Belgrave Road from Mill Road. This street has recently been converted to permit contraflow cycling as shown by the sharrow in the foreground, but the one way arrow remains in the background.

Hope Street now have no entry signs with except cycles, both sides see #70497.

Hope Street now have no entry signs with except cycles, both sides see #70498.

Cycle parking present here.

Access to the new section of busway cycleway from Nuffield Road.

The entrance to Mercer's Row from Garlic Row is still signed as 'No entry'. (I had thought it was to be converted to two-way cycling.)

Cycling in this direction I found myself on the road as directed by an earlier sign, but there's no dropped kerb to get back on the shared use here.

Garden Walk - with 'Except cycles' subpanels on the no entry signs, and a sharrow.

Primrose Street

Springfield Road with an 'Except cycles' subpanel on only one of the two 'No Entry' signs, and there's a sharrow.

20mph roundal

Adam and Eve Street is signed as no motor vehicles - from this side.

The entrance to King Street from Short Street is marked as no entry, but there is a cycle bypass on the left. Although only one no entry sign is visible, the other is on the back of the give way sign on the right.

King Street - the no entry signs have no cycling exception but there is a bypass lane.

King Street no left turn except cycles

Malcolm Street - no entry except cycles.

Sidney Street is still signed as no entry, although the bypass lane at left remains.

Panton Street remains a one way street with no entry signs at the Lensfield Road end. At the moment it has no road markings, compare with #12005.

Fitzwilliam Street no entry except cycles and a sharrow.

Wheeler Street cycle lane closed for four weeks.

Addenbrooke's end of path to Shelford is 3.5m

The Busway route towards the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

3m path on Cambridge Guided Bus route. Note new lighting for path

Sharrows on St. Andrew's Street buy just about enough space from the buses if you're confident enough to face them off.

Curious mathematical art on Garden Walk. This one has: pi = opera / mosaic = E^2/C = E / pi = 1

Sharrows lure cyclists off the road and onto the shared use footway on Milton Road.

New cycle route signage with distances, route numbers and the railway symbol on High Street Chesterton. Sign reads: Route 51 → King's Hedges 1¼ St Ives 13 (via the busway) ← Route 51 Abbey 1¼ Arbury 1¾ Fen Ditton 1¾ I ... [more]

Now that the hated barriers have gone from this corner of the path between Newmarket Road and Riverside the pedestrian and cycle traffic can at last pass relatively freely. Barriers a little further down the ramp limit any excessive speed. ... [more]

Stockwell Street

Albert Street now two way for cycling.

Albert Street now two way for cycling.

Albert Street now two way for cycling.

Albert Street now two way for cycling.

Albert Street now two way for cycling.

Odd location for a cyclist dismount sign on the National Cycle Route network.

Chisholm Trail bridge option 2, on the bridge itself, acting as a destination in its own right as well as a bridge

Chisholm Trail bridge option 2

Chisholm Trail bridge design option 1

Proposed Chisholm Trail bridge

Proposed Chisholm Trail bridge

Albert Street now two way for cycling.

Evans Cycles

University Cycles on Victoria Avenue, Cambridge

Trafalgar Street - now two-way for cycling.

Trafalgar Street now two-way for bikes.

A sharrow at the end of Trafalgar Street, where it meets Trafalgar Road marks it as two way for bikes.

No! - This is not a good place to put a sharrow :-)

Good to see some proper bike racks here now, and a decent number of them too.

Standing room only at @camcycle meeting on the City Deal, September 2015

New buildout on Tenison Road that emerges from the line of the carriageway

As the sign says, Tennis Court Road will be closed from this point (just after the second entrance to the Downing Site) for the dates given. Wonder what this will do for the queues for the Grand Arcade car park. There was a short queue behi ... [more]

Sign on Parker's Piece re works at University Arms Hotel

Contraflow cycle lane in Harvest Way, Cambridge blocked by builders' hoardings. There's an even wider obstruction a few metres beyond. The yellow notice says "CYCLE LANE CLOSED PLEASE USE HARVEST WAY ROAD" (sic) Note the one-way sign ... [more]

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