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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.

There really is plenty of cycle parking now at the Howard Mallet Centre!

Builders going to work by bike? Only in Cambridge!

Notice on seemingly abandoned bike

This should be a through route for cycling (ideally with a link across St Matthew's Piece from York St), if anyone at the city council or Anglia Ruskin University had actually thought about the clousre at the far end.

Cambridge City Council seems to have updated its trike - www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/87/article7.html

Cycle parking continues to be heavily used during roofing works while there is scaffolding at our house.

Two good-sized banks of new cycle parking, and preparations for the reopening of Kettles Yard - the two may be related.

The council has found 50p down the back of the sofa and at last repainted the shared-use markings which had vanished years ago.

It's reappeared... it would be nice if Queen's Road could be repaired properly.

More evidence of the need for cycle parking in Catharine Street

Jesus Lane

The County RoW officer says that local residents object to the surface of the Grantchester Meadows path here being repaired "because it would encourage parking". Well the state of it clearly doesn't deter parking, people park on the bits wi ... [more]

The bus driver did not break the law here. Toucan crossing appears to show 'green man' at the same time that the bus driver receives a green light. In fact the green man is for the crossing parallel to the bus, off to the left of the photo. ... [more]

Newly constructed Cross City Cycling scheme but the '2.2 metre wide' refuge is considerably narrowed by the poor placement of poles. And seems to be a trash collection point as well (probably due to the wind).

The entrance to the towpath from Fen Road is unwelcoming.

The link between the River Cam Towpath and Fen Road is a narrow gap.

I hadn't noticed this till last Saturday. One bike pump and tools.

Ofo bike in Thoday Street

Brand new crossing, no blocked drain, just piss poor construction https://t.co/Uv2F7AaOGC

Shared use footway alongside Newmarket Road

Ofo bikes galore at this entrance to Addenbrooke’s

High Viz Trinity Street

Fallen tree blocking Grantchester Meadows path

Catharine Street - lack of cycle parking

Badly installed cycle parking at a recent development on Catharine Street.

St. Philip's Road - lack of cycle parking. Perhaps could put some by that double yellow line.

No cycle parking except ... (so probably unenforceable) At least it suggests a place to park or stand your cycle around the corner.

Gwydir Street approach lane for advanced stop line

Hooper Street - lack of cycle parking

Hooper Street - lack of cycle parking

Hooper Street - lack of cycle parking

Hooper Street - lack of cycle parking

Sturton Street - lack of cycle parking

Hooper Street - lack of cycle parking

"The Courtyard" which sounds nice is actually more of a motor vehicle storage facility. The only cycle parking is against the walls.

Sturton Street - lack of cycle parking

Sturton Street - lack of cycle parking

Sturton Street - lack of cycle parking

Norfolk Street - lack of cycle parking

Norfolk Street - lack of cycle parking

Large area of council run garages well lit and look like they've had a recent refresh compared to #63227.

Edward Street - lack of cycle parking

Edward Street - lack of cycle parking

Upper Gwydir Street - lack of cycle parking

Gwydir Street - lack of cycle parking

We’ve come into the city to watch Swan Lake at the CornEx. The Grand Arcade cycle park is closed but car park open. https://twitter.com/simon_nuttall/status/947884118616039430

Punk post box with tinsel.

Synagogue cycle agog

Cycle parking in industrial area off Gwydir Street.

Just one of the potholes dotting Bridge Street which was resurfaced not that long ago. They are all in the middle of the road and more are appearing. (It has been reported.)

It's a sign! This would be far, far better if, for example, they'd put a large fascia board style sign over the entrance. You need to be able to see it from several metres away.

New cut-through from Tenison Road to Cambridge station Added to osm: http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/548378604

For as long as I can remember the end of Red Cross Lane has been made awkward to negotiate by anybody trying to get through to Addenbrookes from the East by bike - gated, no dropped kerbs, rough surface, barriers to stop you accessing the r ... [more]

Excited to see this new @ofo_bicycleUK cycle parking adding to capacity at Long Road College @cyclelandcam @camcycle @GreaterCambs @LR6FC https://t.co/eI1MpUc2ci

Newnham crater field The start of the Grantchester Meadows path, destroyed by use as a casual car park

The great snow of 2017.

Close up of paving light. This one is, obviously, not working but it does mean you can see how small they are. (LED bulb?) See also #95284

These would need to be viewed in the dark but these small lights seem to be quite effective, but subtle. An idea for more rural locations, perhaps?

After bikes being here as long as anyone can remember the new racks nearby #95242 have given this church the opportunity to ban them.

Proof of need for cycle parking in this part of Thoday Street. See #95140.

New tidy cycle parking on Sidney Street.

Tidy cycle parking on Sidney Street.

Good to see bike racks back in this location though I still believe Sheffield stands would have been better.

Nicely widened shared-use path with stud lights.

Good new route from Cambridge Regional College to Cambridge North station - but there's absolutely no signage from one to the other, and no indication that everyone has to change sides here. The usual lack of joined-up thinking and follow-t ... [more]

Poor shared-use path alongside Kings Hedges recreation ground

There are currently three vehicles parked on this double yellow line all day Monday to Friday.

New bus stop on Brooklands Avenue

#Cambridgeproblems oars on the cycleway!

Newmarket Road where a cyclist was killed two nights ago. See #95138.

Tiny amount of cycle parking on this residential estate.

Two bikes are parked here, one against the lamppost and the other against the decapitated sewer vent and there's a double yellow line in between. What an excellent place for some cycle parking stands! See #95248.

Talk about a sense of entitlement.

You can see why people turn left to the over-size bike parking instead of taking their bikes up the ramp - poor signage, the typical thing of just banning things rather than offering positive guidance.

Spokes cycle service have been providing a weekly service to Churchill College for the last 23 years, but is to retire at the end of 2017.

Cheap bikes for sale - and an Outspoken courier bike

Decent temporary cycle path (and fence) put in at last, after the developers tried to get away with doing nothing. The damage done is visible to the right.

This used to be thick with trees but also a fairly awful / steep path link that the college decided it had to make worse with chicanes & a cyclists dismount sign. Unsure what's up, but it's all gone now (the sign has since been removed e ... [more]

Another hack day at CycleStreets welcoming Clare as new code contributor.

A bus driver who is happy to block a lane dedicated to cycles while waiting to pass other traffic in a lane dedicated to cycles and buses. Dog in the manger?

Double yellows! Great to be able to drive or cycle round this bend in Blinco Grove now without being terrified of being hit head on. https://t.co/QI74Rb16vy

Bike racks in good use including by a couple of Ofo bikes. Bins occupy the space where one of the racks was lost to a ground anchor which was not properly installed.

Desire line onto pavement cycleway

Lane marks desire line

Advanced green and advanced stop line help the diagonal desire line at this junction.

Lanes approaching the Hills / Long / Queen Edith junction.

Double decker racks but there is plenty of space here for much simpler racks all at ground level.

Posted without (much) comment. :¬)

Cycle racks bent - presumably by being struck by motor vehicles either backing or turning. Without bollards or kerbs to protect them racks are prone to this type of damage.

"No Bicycles here please" Space reserved for Great St. Mary's Church posters only.

Is it one decade or two since the Kite area was closed to through traffic? And the council still hasn't managed to add an Except Cycles plate to this sign. I do wonder why Cambridge has a reputation for being cycle-friendly.

Notice on the end of the bike racks. It's worded a little ambiguously so it could mean they're going to remove the racks (doubt it for such a short time) or that they will be unavailable to use, which seems more likely. Either way, the road ... [more]

Use Our Free Cargo Bike - at Homebase

To be honest, I'm not sure which bit of road they're talking about closing temporarily. Where is no 19? I'm guessing it's the footpath in front of the University Arms Hotel. ETA: it is. They've closed the cycle bypass lane round the closur ... [more]

Somebody didn't use a spell checker... (Also, sign for info.) Edit to add: Spelling now corrected and the date changed to 29th Oct.

For anyone unaware, the grubbier looking paving slabs to the left indicate how wide this passage way to M&S used to be. It looks brilliant now.

Ofo bikes

More recently the county has painted a left-turn arrow in the left-turn lane, and it looks like they are adding ASLs to the junction. This is still, however, a terribly dangerous junction design because it tells people cycling that they ... [more]

It gets put away once the contractors doing the road works have finished for the day which seems odd, but otherwise A Good Thing to see. (Some punctuation would be helpful too.)

Signs for temporary closure of Regent Terrace for building work when approaching from the city centre

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