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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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Double decker covered racks at this international school.

Double decker covered racks at this international school.

This causes irritation and can cause road collisions putting vulnerable road users at considerable risk.

See clip at https://youtu.be/nZWFdDs7GSg

Potentially misleading green.

Covered racks at British Antarctic Survey, High Cross.

Oh dear! After getting it right yesterday (https://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/84024/), Toyota lorry driver is back to stopping illegally in the cyclelane to unload like two weeks ago (https://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/835 ... [more]

Lammas Land pool gets very popular in this heat. Sadly, some people are selfish enough to park in the passing places on the road when their choice of parking spot runs out.

Subsidence has opened a long crack on this cycleway near the M11. There are temporary signs warning of the uneven surface.

Much better than https://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/83577 where they'd illegally coned off the cyclelane.

Repainting pavement parking lines: the County Council's annual reminder that pedestrians and wheelchair users are second-class citizens.

Thoday Street after the road markings have been refreshed.

Side-by-side cycling & chatting on Hills Road.

Family enjoying the new cycle lanes on Hills Road

See http://radwagon.blogspot.com/2016/08/pleasant-circular-route-round-cambridge.html for a video of riding around a pleasant little ride around Cambridge on good infra, not so good infra, and quiet roads. Just enjoy!

See clip at https://youtu.be/oXCgMDMWlZw The road space between the lights on Tenison Road (for Devonshire Road) along to turning right into St Barnabas Road is far too small for overtaking, and so is the first section of St Barnabas Roa ... [more]

AU12 GJV Licence 570 Parked in Cycle Infra. Note that the space to the right isn't enough to get outside of the doorzone, so it's still not safe to use. And the law talks about ..... The 1988 Road Traffic Act, section 21. Any person ... [more]

AF65 XXS @dhlexpressuk Obstructs Highway

Garret Hostel Lane with moats either side that help keep Cambridge Colleges' green spaces clear of picnickers.

What has motivated me to go out into the rain is just how rare it is to see the street so clear. Two factors are at play here: holiday time and planned repainting of the lines.

Some people enjoying the new Hills Road cycleway.

Scary high-speed roundabout, crummy provision for people on foot or cycle. Good example of what not to build ever again. It's a travesty that some engineer out there designed this and didn't lose their licence.

As if we needed more reasons to have separated cycle lanes away from the carriageway in the roundabout.

Poorly designed roundabout that encourages riders to be in dangerous position on outside of roundabout, using kerbs no less! Naturally most sane people ignore the suggested death trap "cycle lanes" but there's still too much tarmac, mean ... [more]

The sheer nerve of some van drivers! @camcycle @CambridgeCops https://t.co/HwCkYffATY

Cyclist carrying their bike up the steps from the Clifton Way, Cambridge Leisure, area up onto Hills Road.

Having fun prototyping our new CycleStreets app design... aiming to bring all the features of the website, including circular A-A routing, into the app.

Illegally parked in cyclelane. Highway Code Rule 240 (backed up in law) You MUST NOT stop or park on a tram or cycle lane. www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069860 And the 1988 Road Traffic Act, section 21. Any ... [more]

Illegally parked in cyclelane. Highway Code Rule 240 (backed up in law) You MUST NOT stop or park on a tram or cycle lane. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069860 And the 1988 Road Traffic Act, section ... [more]

Illegally parked in cyclelane. Highway Code Rule 240 (backed up in law) You MUST NOT stop or park on a tram or cycle lane. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069860 And the 1988 Road Traffic Act, section ... [more]

Illegally parked in cyclelane. Highway Code Rule 240 (backed up in law) You MUST NOT stop or park on a tram or cycle lane. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069860 And the 1988 Road Traffic Act, section 2 ... [more]

Illegally parked in contraflow cyclelane. Right opposite plenty of space to park legally.

Illegally parked in contraflow cyclelane. Right opposite plenty of space to park legally.

See clip at https://youtu.be/HE_pxj8pM1U. Probably ought to go out to control (or primary) position in ASL box to stop this kind of nonsense. However, it's possibly best to have driver behaviour of this poor (and illegal) quality ahead n ... [more]

See clip at https://youtu.be/NnGkX09AMuw. The paint on this junction is very poor advice for people riding. NEVER go over to the left when going through here. Swinging over to the left will mean: - you lose visibility - you enco ... [more]

CL Travel unloading on Hills Road. The road has "no unloading" marks all along apart from paintwork that used to indicate a pedestrian crossing. The pedestrian crossing was taken out 6 months ago but the paintwork hasn't changed to reflect ... [more]

It's hardly surprising that people think it's okay to stop up in a cyclelane when the police do it. They do have some leeway, but clearly not in this case.

As the blurb goes, I think this driver parked their van on the cyclepath for several days without any challenge. The FTA says even unloading shouldn't be done here, let alone parking up. http://www.fta.co.uk/export/sites/fta/_galleries/ ... [more]

Bizarre changing of a speed limit in a quiet residential area. All the residential roads here have 20mph now as standard, except the one heading off to the left here. I suspect it might be because it's a private road.

Illegally Coning Off Cyclelane at @ToyotaCambridge What I don't get with these modern developments is, with so much space, why didn't anyone think of delivery space?

See clip at https://youtu.be/G5Xe6uidDCY. Take great care here as speeding buses are quite regular. There's a 15mph speed limit here for several reasons including that large vehicles and people cycling merge into a narrow space. R ... [more]

See clip at https://youtu.be/994rQ4Lj7jI Although I'm making the point that this is very poor driving, there is an argument that the road design here leads to this behaviour. I've seen this happen a lot here. Passing to Close Highway ... [more]

See clip at https://youtu.be/TaImOiLPAsE Just a really poorly judged overtake. sadly, don't know when this happened.

Road maintenance going on in Gwydir Street, limiting the amount of on-road space. For some reason, this lorry driver decided this would be a good place to do a delivery. Not only blocking emergency access, but actually stopped in th ... [more]

I suspect that the signage on Fison Road is wrong. I'm pretty sure cars should be allowed here.

Punt freight

Bicycle themed restaurants are not uncommon in Cambridge but I haven't previously seen bikes as part of the furniture.

I expect this little wooden sign saying No Cycles will still be here after all the millions of pounds of development at station square. Note added 2016-12-05: I was wrong - it had gone a few weeks after I took this. Note added 2016-1 ... [more]

Outspoken Cycles - on the weekend they first moved there. http://www.outspokencycles.co.uk/

Temporary diversion for pedestrians (erm, etc!) around the Arbury Road closure. High quality plastic protection for the grass - well done Cambs CC.

Construction of new kerb-separated cycleways on Arbury Road

Great to see a decent amount of good quality cycle parking at Coleridge Community College.

Gray Road on a grey day, now with 20mph signage.

Temporary cycle parking ready for the Folk Festival.

There's normally cycle parking provided in this area for the Folk Festival e.g see #17965 There is none in this area year :-( but there are other racks nearby eg #83105.

Cycle parking at this new development which seems to be run by http://www.thec3.uk/

Cycle parking at this new development which seems to be run by http://www.thec3.uk/

This looks like a potential rat-run through the dentists' car storage area from the Ring Road onto Mill Road via Seymour Street - avoiding one set of traffic signals.

Lots of bikes in these racks near the main entrance - normally when I deliver the Camcycle newsletter here it is out of hours.

Wheelbenders at Cambridge City cemetery on Newmarket Road.

Pavement car storage in Romsey creates an exclusionary environment for wheelchair users.

Pavement car storage in Romsey creates an exclusionary environment for wheelchair users.

Narrow shared use cycleway on Babraham Road

Hills Road cycleway

Hills Road cycleway

Bikes outside a house on Short Street, Cambridge.

Downing College introducing even more regressive access policy, meaning more University employees have to cycle and walk round longer and more dangerous route

Cycle lane needs repainting

Good illustration of the need for wider paths on Coldham's Common- trailer had to onto grass here https://t.co/YfigiHmup8

Jesus Green

Young biker

Jesus Green

Outside St Mary's

Kings Parade

Bikes and bins compete for space on the footway.

Its a bit hard to see in the photo but the big display board on the right is showing a cycle graphic, alternating with a message warning of cycles and pedestrians. Further up there's a lollipop man supervising workers using a zebra style ... [more]

One of the clear plastic windows has come out of its fixing. I've reported this to the County, and on 19th July 2016 they've emailed saying that work has been ordered to fix the problem. Your report details: Reference: 00252436 Date ... [more]

Hills Road

Hills Road route nearing completion

Why is this area still closed? Almost nothing seems to have happened for months, and so there is still no cycle route to the new cycle park.

It was a bit weird to see a pair of bolt cutters D-locked with a bike outside the Maypole.

Construction of new building finally completed, and Abbey Street cycle crossing still obstructed.The two cars on the left are on double yellow lines.

Continuing chaos opposite Cambridge station - the multistorey cycle park (in the block dead ahead) needs much more prominent signage.

View of Bridge Street / Thomson's Lane junction

Basic cycle parking at the Burleigh Arms.

Cambridge's crumbling roads - due to buses braking hard for the stop here.

Cambridge's crumbling roads - due to buses braking hard for the stop here.

See clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gorQ0i0mPbk @Panther_Taxis Dropping Off in ‪#‎Hills‬ ‪#‎Road‬ ‪#‎Segregated‬ ‪#‎Cycleway‬ ‪#‎Cambridge‬. A less than impressive display by a Panther Taxi driver ... [more]

It's possible there is a straightforward explanation for having a rectangle of red tarmac next to a (currently suspended) bus stop, but it's eluding me. ETA: It would appear to be the start of a 20mph speed limit (there's a sign to say t ... [more]

I've always liked the message on this bike shop window but not taken a photo of it till now.

Parallel cycle crossing and floating bus stop

Relict road signs at this closed road exit onto Madingley Road

Particularly poor shared-use provision on the south side of Madingley Road

Poor shared-use provision on the south side of Madingley Road

No Cycling sign on what seems to be new shared-use provision

Contradictory signs!

Contradictory signs!

Junction to the NorthWest Cambridge development, with a large but not very cycle-friendly central refuge

Cycle lockers and covered stands, Madingley Road Park & Ride

Not very cycle-friendly crossing at the Madingley Road Park & Ride junction

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